Connecting the Old and the New
When we built on the mudroom and garage, it was a very exciting day (in August of 2017) to connect the old cellar and new basement. Then, oh just shy of two years later (in June of 2019), we finally got to take out the supporting wall between the old kitchen and new addition. Pretty darn exciting yet pretty darn crazy how time flies.
And because it would be too simple to install a wood header and cover it with drywall, we used old barn beams.
We paid fifty bucks for each of the support, or side, beams. Cooper was home to help get them (thanks Coop!).
Then I started the cleaning, scrubbing, and treating phase.
They were washed and treated for post beetles. And wire brushed and scrubbed…and wire brushed again. And treated again. Being an amateur, I try and err on the side of caution.
The primary, hand-hewn beam to span the length of the old support wall, was love at first sight. We bought it for forty bucks. Total. Major beautiful score. I love this beam.
After the beams dry out, then you get to start the buffing process.
Waxing. Aka, elbow grease. Aka, perspiration. Aka, popeye forearms.
I like Briwax because it doesn’t change the natural color of the wood — just enhances it and hardens it.
My guesstimate of time spent on cleaning and preparing of the beams, not including dry times, was about ten days. On three beams. Clearly, I love these beam. (Which made it a teeny tiny bit painful when the extra length that we didn’t need was cut off. Ouch.)
Clearly, they practiced the “measure twice, cut once” with these. Thank you, Adam.
It would take four guys to get the beam up — and one girl to keep my fingers crossed.
The old studs were cut out here, where the support wall had been… and I was holding my breath until the beam got up.
Then securing the other end.
Then came the propping it up, until the support beam went in.
Then came the support beam.
The next shot is from the “new end” of the kitchen — aka new construction end.
And here they are in all their glory, bearing the weight where the old exterior wall used to be. Love them in their new forever spots.
Beam by beam, board by board, we are making progress.
Our new goal is to be moved out of the garage, so that BJR is able to park his truck in the garage, by his birthday. So that means just over seven months to go. Sounds doable?
We (and in this case, by “we” I mean Brian John) have been working tirelessly on the wiring!
We (and in this case by “we” I mean we!) are so excited to have the wiring done! Our electrical will soon be inspected. Fingers crossed. I am pretty sure that I found the cutest electrician ever.
Thanks for reading and thanks hanging in there with us!
We love our old perfectly-imperfect farmhouse and can’t wait to share it with the people we love.
Love from the garage, PJR & BJR