Tag Archives: renovations

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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No condo retirement for us (too busy getting our hands dirty)

(Here’s a copy of an editorial I wrote for our local paper last fall — a good summary of our renovation project and current lifestyle, for both new and old blog readers.) The glossy real estate ads pitch a very … Continue reading

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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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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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Saskatoon Home Show

Not much work was completed on the renovations at Prairie Woods this past weekend.   Family responsibilities Saturday meant I only had a couple of hours to spend, which I used to clean up already removed lath from the spare bedroom … Continue reading

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Things Found in Old Houses

Does anyone take down walls or ceilings or floorboards in an old house without, at least idly, wondering what they might find?  Some hidden money would be nice, of course, but even a bundle of old love letters or the invoice … Continue reading

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