Saturday, November 18, 2017

Fenchurch Remembers Year One

One year ago I drove into downtown Bangor and signed a lot of papers in exchange for a set of keys to the oldest house on Thomas Hill.  I had a few moments of quiet at the house before the plumbers arrived to jack hammer a decayed cast iron waste pipe out of the basement floor.  It seems like there's been banging and cutting and a great deal of crashing around ever since. (Some of it, but not all of it, intentional.)

I think I can safely say that I am still on the steep part of the home renovation learning curve. And the safe use of power tools learning curve.  Also the how to be a good business partner and how to peacefully coexist with others curves.

I spend a lot of time just being tired.

But a lot has been accomplished in this year, due mostly to Zaphod's hard work (and perseverance in the face of suffering).

  • Rotten cast iron waste pipe replaced.
  • Laundry / half bath upgraded.
  • New wood stove and back chimney lined.
  • Structural repairs have progressed.
  • Front chimney has been rebuilt and relined.
  • Rotten exterior stairs removed, damaged roof repaired, new balcony added.
  • Electrical service upgraded.
  • Corner of foundation dug out and mortared inside and out with drainage added.
  • Family room demoed.  Bathroom demoed.
  • Lightbulbs replaced.
  • Leaves raked and wood cut.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed though encouragement, cleaning, scraping paint, swinging a hammer, pulling the trigger on a power tool, or bringing us vodka. (It's a muscle relaxant, Fenchurch-Mom!) 

We are grateful for your support as we make plans for another busy year.

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