• September 13, 2006

Halfway There

Our bungalow hallway project is coming along

Restoration Diary

We have been very lucky through the years of our restoration process to work with a great team of craftsmen. It takes a village…or, more accurately, 3 guys.

Juan, for whom we have great affection and hold in the highest esteem, has gotten really busy. We are still waiting for him to come back and repair a minor detail on some work he did for us over 2 years ago. We are now working with Juan’s nephew, Pablo, and he is awesome! Pablo, his brother and their friend have been coming on the weekends to do work on our house.

Pablo and his team have patched and skim coated the plaster walls.

The paint stripping is almost complete – just little touch ups needed here and there.

We have doors again!

Comments { 4 }
  1. Carrie

    Hi Heather! It all looks so beautiful. I have a question if you know the answer–I had similar doors in my last house (circa 1908) and in my current house (1928 bungalow) and the wood looks like those in the panels of your bedroom door–especially the second one down with heavy swirled grain. I assumed it was a type of fir from some of my research from old house catalogs, but perhaps you (or Juan or Pablo) know exactly what it is? Good luck with everything and thank you for more photos–they are always so much fun to look at and inspire me to GET TO WORK!

  2. heather

    Hi Carrie.

    You are correct, it is indeed fir. Douglas fir.


  3. Raymond

    Great job on the house! my hats off to both of you and I have enjoyed your website. My wife and I are restoring?modeling our house in Westchester Ca and you and Dave are an insperation to us. regards Ray

  4. Stephanie

    Wow! Do I feel your pain. I just stumbled across your website when searching for a source for replacement Douglas Fir beadboard for our 1912 restoration. We are at the tail end of 12 years of the same level of restoration you show in your photos. Ours is not a bungalow, but two-story Arts and Crafts era home in Idaho. We are now restoring the first of two original bathrooms that were updated in 1936. Just un-encased and had the clawfoot hauled out for glazing, and for the millionth time in my life, am embarking on chipping and prying well-glued /firmly trampled linoleum off of the fir subfloor. Have you discovered that the black mastic is water soluble? I discovered this years ago in a previous restoration when I let a pile of very wet towels sit overnight. The glue turns to sludge. This was that floor’s saving grace, after we had scraped, tried heat, chemicals, sanding, and more.

    Anyway, your work is impressive and your results are better than most any I’ve seen. Your old house is fortunate to have such good stewards. Nice job. Persevere!

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