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Building Exterior

Introduction


Lean-to reconstruction

Once the building was attached to the new basement it was time to get the exterior in shape. That work began with the reconstruction of the east lean-to. That was followed by repairs to the exterior frame.

The repair work on the exterior frame including things like restoring all the original window and door openings. Major enhancements were also made to the rafters and a new roof deck was installed. This was followed by the installation of a new cedar roof.


Siding and Paint

New windows and doors were installed once the structural integrity of the exterior was restored. The windows were special ordered to match the originals. They are single hung all wood (fir) windows like the originals, but with modern energy efficient weather stripping and dual pane glass. The doors are modern insulated doors with a look similar to that of the originals.

One of the final and most significant activities on the exterior was the installation of new siding. The siding used was custom milled fir siding made to match the original. This wood siding had to be painted and the colors chosen (white with dark green trim) were based on colors found during the demolition work.


c1909

East Lean-To

The original purpose of the east lean-to (left most portion of the building in the c1909 photo) was that of a coal shed. In the early days coal was used as the energy source for cooking and heating the building. As such, the east lean-to provided a handy storage space for the coal right next to the kitchen.

The east lean-to was recreated to restore the original exterior look of the building, however the interior will serve a new purpose. It now provides space for a bathroom and the stairway to the new basement.

Utilities

Once the east lean-to exterior was in place it was possible to get all the utilities (electrical, gas, and phone/internet) connected to the building.

Roof

The east lean-to re-construction was followed by major repairs to the roof. This included enhancing the rafters, the installation of new roof decking, and finally the installation of new cedar shingles.

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Windows

Once the roof was complete the focus switch to the exterior walls. Specifically the window and door openings.

All the windows in the building were replaced with replicas that matched the size and look of the originals, but with modern energy efficient weather stripping and dual pane glass. The replica windows were special ordered to match the originals as close as possible.

Doors

The new doors installed on the building are also meant to be replicas of the originals (i.e. those used in early 1900s) but, unlike the windows, they only sort of resemble the look of the originals and their construction is vastly different then the originals. The new doors are actually metal and those with windows use vinyl windows (i.e. the same thing that is put in most modern homes).

Siding

The new siding was custom milled wood (fir) siding special ordered to match the original. This wood siding had to be painted and the colors selected (white with dark green trim) were based on colors found during the demolition work.

Front Deck

A deck and steps were build at the front of the house replicate the original shown in the c1909 photos. From details in the old photos and clues dug up at the front of the building it was clear that the building had a 6 foot wide deck running the full width of the main part of the building. This deck also had stairs with 3 steps both at the front and the right (west) side.