Well, we have had some rain and the drywall that I was so proud to highlight last month is still dry! Our roof, almost complete, is doing the job and it has yet to be tarred (hoping that will occur in May) so I really don’t think there will be any trouble when the roof is 100% finished. To be honest the roof is the part of Pardy House that made me most nervous. Without a solid, watertight roof the house would inevitably become a victim to some seasonal deluge.
The drywall is up almost everywhere except in the second floor bathroom, where the plumber is still hard at work weaving and configuring pipes through the walls and floor. But, of course the drywalling of Pardy House couldn’t be simple like you would expect in your average home, since our carpenters had to work around 100 year old features like beams, moldings/casings and stairs.
Due to the way our staircase and door facings were constructed, removing them and reapplying atop drywall would have been impossible. These features were made up of countless pieces of now dry and fragile wood, nailed deeply into solid wood walls and sub-floors.
Our stairs, our beautifully curved solid pine stairs, are flanked by trims actually built into the stair treads, clearly a little difficult to describe. Bottom line, the stairs were not being removed and regular 1/2 inch drywall would not sit flush atop these moldings/trims but instead jut out a millimetre or two.
Solution alert, thinner drywall that would sit flush with our existing features. So Leann and I set out to get the drywall with the help of our carpenter. Can’t find it! Castle Building Center-------NO, Home Hardware--------NO, we ended up having to taxi 3/8 drywall in from a neighboring community. Apparently 3/8 is not that common since it is often not used in modern construction. Most people or contractors simply go right for the 1/2 inch making it, by default, the easiest to find.
So 8 drywall sheets and a $30 taxi fee later we have our drywall. A few simple sheets of wall surface set us back a solid week but at this point Leann and I are just happy things are getting done!
So for those people working on older homes, the rule is: It will always take longer then you expect to get anything done since one small point could very well result in a week-long “event.”