Category Archives: The House

Installing a Tulikivi (a Finnish soapstone masonry fireplace)

We’ve had some excitement at Prairie Woods the last little while. We’re currently in the breaking-in process for our brand new Tulikivi masonry Finnish soapstone fireplace! I remember reading about masonry fireplaces many years ago in Harrowsmith. For those who … Continue reading

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Earth Day: Reusing lath, insulation and stucco

With Earth Day coming up on Sunday, there’s lots of focus right now on how we can help the environment. Even kids at school are taught the three Rs: reduce, reuse, recycle. I think we’ve done pretty well at Prairie … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday – Prairie Woods From The Air

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New windows, and even some new wall

This blog may have been silent, but work has been continuing on the 100-plus-year-old house at Prarie Woods in rural Saskatchewan. With old aluminium framed single pane windows in some of the house, it was obvious from day one that … Continue reading

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The stucco has to come off

Stucco removal?  What the . . . ?  Yes, we are now a year into this project and sidetracked with a new challenge.  All the lath and plaster that is to be removed (on both floors) has been removed.  The … Continue reading

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After the Roxul — Styrofoam and tape

Instead of a plastic film for a vapour barrier between the Roxul insulation and the drywall, John is installing 2 foot by 8 foot sheets of 1.4 inch thick Styrofoam.  The Styrofoam adds an additional R value of 7 to … Continue reading

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Re-insulating with Roxul

Smash, crash, take down, pull out, save for re-use, burn, throw away, sweep, vacuum . . . that’s not all we’ve been doing.  Well . . . that’s all I’ve been doing but while I’ve continued in demolition mode, John … Continue reading

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