Let There Be Light


The demolition continues.  I have taken down all the sheetrock and wallpaper board on the interior walls. And I have taken down most of the loft.  The skylight is now having more of a presence.  I have turned off the electricity in the house and have not had to use any lights thanks to this wonderful skylight.


Here's a nice view of the tongue in groove boards on the ceiling. The studio is going to feel very homey and Northerly when completed.


And once in awhile the floor caves in.  This hole in the floor used to be the central chimney that was removed when the heating was converted to electric. There was a board covering it but fell through when I dropped a board on it. 


More destruction on a sunny day.


I found this inactive nest in the corner of the ceiling in the kitchen. I'm not sure what kind of wasp or bee made this, but it is browner than most nests I've seen.

Next, I will be removing the wall studs and loft joists. Then onto the kitchen and bathroom.


Jack in the Pulpit Art Studio Renovations - May 2017

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Renovations of the new studio space are in progress. Here are the latest photos from the renovation. 
I have been demo-ing the interior: taking down walls, taking out sinks, removing bathtubs, etc. 
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While demo-ing I have discovered a layer of wallpaper board underneath the sheetrock. There are four different designs on this wall paper board. Here are three of the designs.
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I have also discovered a hornets nest in the kitchen ceiling. Thankfully it is an old one that is no longer active. I haven't found any old pennies behind the base board or any old magazines that somehow found there way into the walls - usual finds when I have rehabbed previously.
I have been working in the yard a lot - many weed trees and little seedlings growing. Until last year there was a large oak tree in the middle of the back yard. With the new light, it seems like all the suppressed trees are now trying to grow. The top picture here is of the first garden planted in the yard. I planted miniature irises that were a present from my friend Elise.

Jack in the Pulpit Art Studio - Deux: And It Begins!



The move has begun!  I have occupied 1022 Burgess for a month now.  The renovations are beginning, but before I share any of that its time to show some "before" pictures. Above is a view from the sidewalk in front of the house. This photo is actually from a couple years ago and the tree growing right next to the house has gotten much bigger and will be coming down to make way for a front porch.

These are all "before" pictures - as in before the construction.  But I will let you know that these were taken after cleaning the house. There was a lot of debris: garbage on the floor, dishes in the sink, and even a full medicine cabinet.

This is a view of the bathroom door from the living room.  Mind you, the house is only 19 feet by 18 feet, so none of these rooms are of much size. The shelving on the right actually houses the end of the bathtub that extends a foot into the living room. The bathroom is so small I couldn't take a picture from inside of it.


The ladder-steps lead to a loft space. You cannot stand up in the loft and it is about big enough for a queen size mattress. The desk was left behind.  Does anyone need a desk?

This is the kitchen. To the left is the back door. It is so small you can't fit a normal appliance, much less two or three.

Here you start getting a view of one of the interesting parts of the house.  The lofted ceiling is covered with tongue in groove boards.  It gives the lofted space a nice homey feeling. I will be opening up the space (i.e. removing walls) so the ceiling is more prominent. 

The back yard where a giant oak tree was cut down last year. You can see the stump to the left.  Lots of weed trees in and around the sheds. No gardens - that will be changing very soon!

Front steps are a bit wonky because some trees grew up under the railing and heaved them to the left. Trees are gone.  Next: remove the roots and straighten out the steps again.


Here are some more weed trees out the back door. All that green is buckthorn seedlings! Yikes! I better get in there. And what abandoned house wouldn't be complete without a stray dog. Oh, wait, that's my sweet Delilah. Pile of bricks in the background will hopefully have enough good ones to create a brick walkway to the front door.

As I make progress there will be updates here at Jack-in-the-Pulpit Art Studio, at my blog and on the Facebook Page. Join the fun!
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