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A Hole In The Plan

For the last sixty years the only way to enter the cellar has been through this outdoor access.
Ever since we first looked at this house back in May we decided to add a staircase from the dining room to the cellar. Having an interior staircase would allow the lower level to be counted as part of the house, adding another 450 square feet. And easy access to the basement will allow us to move the washer and dryer out of the dining room and into a new basement laundry room. We turned in our building permit application yesterday and 24 hours and $58 later we have the approval to cut the hole for the basement (plus a some other structural changes that we will get to later).

When we got home tonight our dining room looked like this.
And now it looks like this
You may have noticed that the staircase hole is in the way of both the side door and the doorway between the living room and dining room. The only way to access the bedrooms and bathrooms is by going through this doorway and throug…

Heating Update

Sorry for the long period of silence. We moved to Butte two weeks ago, got internet last week and have not found the time to post until today. I am happy to report we are settled in the house and that the weather has been mostly warm. The weather is become hugely important for us because the house has no heating system. Our only source of heat is the little electric fireplace my parents gave me when we bought our first house (also unheated) six years ago.

Until last winter the house was heated with hot water baseboards. Like many foreclosures the pipes were allowed to freeze destroying our plumbing and most of the baseboards. Rather than spending thousands to repair the old baseboards we decided to get rid of them and install a new heating system. We started by ripping out all the old baseboards which left the rooms looking even worse than before. But we did find out what other colors the house had been painted.
Seafoam green in the living room
Pink and mint green in the dinin…