104 Years Young
I wanted to ask him about our house, but it was hard to understand what he was saying, and I didn't want to confuse him. So we just let it go at being glad to have met him. Same as our house - we may never find out all the answers, but I'm just glad to be here.
Today Darwin has been installing the microwave/vent hood over the rangetop. What a nightmare that has turned out to be. But it's coming along, slowly but surely.
On one of Darwin's many trips up to the attic today, he noticed something fascinating - original cedar shingles on a portion of the roof that had been covered when an addition was made. From the clues, we figured out that the master bathroom and guest room (and possibly guest bathroom) were added on fairly shortly after the house's original construction. This must be the "addition to accomodate a growing family." We think it was added on quite a while ago because it incorporated a fireplace that required a new chimney to be built. Why would you go to all that trouble in a bedroom unless you needed fireplaces for heat?
Another clue - knob and tube wiring. I had never seen it before and wasn't quite sure what to picture. But now I've seen it - right there in our attic! Fascinating stuff. Better than that, though, were the fingerprints all over the roof boards.
According to the attic, the kitchen was original to the house, as I suspected. The office and laundry were added at a later date. Apparently the reason half the roof on that section is asphalt shingled instead of tin is that a tree fell on the house at some point. Darwin saw broken boards and new ones where a hole had been patched.
Also, Darwin found a spot on the front of the roof where a dormer once was. Why oh why didn't they just leave it there? Of course, I like the steep angle of the roof there and can't really picture it with a dormer, but if it was original, it makes me sad to see it go.
Today has been a day of clue-finding. In the little closet under the stairs - the only room in the house with plaster intact - we noted the baseboards.
The baseboards are one flat board with a piece of more decorative molding above it. Apparently, when they were drywalling, they took the decorative piece off and when they put it back, it stuck out a little farther than before. In the little closet, the decorative molding lines up even with the boards. It's nice to have this little window into what the house looked like before.