As I mentioned before, there's little in the way of helpful photos in this post. Organizing and transferring photos has been an onerous task, and I was so disgruntled over the summer I just stopped taking them...
On the "before winter list" were a bunch of long overdue pile consolidations, with buggy wood trashed or burnt, a bunch put on it's respective surfaces where it belongs, and cutoffs given away as wildly desirable barnwood (strange, school wood doesn't carry the same cache). I also got around to winterizing the basement doors - and while I didn't get a chance to paint them, I did paint a bunch of other bits and pieces. Included in those bits and pieces were the smallest gable, and the pair of dining room windows.
|Check out that vinyl! |
I'm not exactly sure what possessed me to rip it down, but my gut was right...
Also done is the onerous digging of the french drain. There seems to have been a stream that once came down the hill, which through the years now translates into a torrent of groundwater that was keeping the new brick floor of the schoolhouse perpetually damp. We dug down and put in a small retaining wall of cinder blocks we've dug up from around the property about three feet from the schoolhouse, and installed the french drain up against the sonotube foundation. There was nothing special about the install - landscape fabric, gravel, perforated pipe etc... but it wraps around the side and back of the building and seems to be doing a stellar job. We still need gutters, but at least we can push them back a couple of years.
The wall used up the last of the block, for which I'm beyond grateful, and it doesn't look too terrible. At least, comparatively I suppose. The rest of the super huge blocks (which we think were the foundation to the most recent garage on the property) were stacked to finish off the retaining wall where Mount Trashmore once was. It'll have to be redone as some distant point, but for now seems like it'll be fine.
There's been a bunch of other happenings, hopefully I'll be able to catch you all up in the next couple of weeks, before turning attention to porch planning and interior winter work.