Monday, November 18, 2013

Dormers....Part Eleven

Part eleven you gasp????
 It was a long journey to get here, as you can tell from the 10 posts prior to this one.  
 If you want to follow our journey, check out  part one HERE! 
Now for part eleven!

Because of this,
we needed to insulate.   
Yes, that is our driveway in the midst of a blizzard.

 Hopefully the snow melts from the sun's heat instead of the house's heat!

That's me!  Very chilly up here!  We had to wear our heavier coats and gloves!

And our heavy duty dust masks.   Look at me, all safety award like.  
Guess where my safety glasses were?  But this time I went and got them and actually wore them....I swear!   Only one black eye needed,  like here, to learn my lesson.  

Our first glimpse into the dormer.   I had already insulated dormer # 1.    I knew some of  this would have to be taken out for construction and wiring but I wasn't sure which project was next on our list!  We still have a master bathroom to reno!

The dormers won!  The next project in our 109 year old money pit!

A telepost was used to hold up the ceiling while we installed a beam to support the rafters.  The floor joists go one direction and the rafters the other  so we were able to use one telepost. (Just in case you were wondering)

All wired up!

Almost buttoned up for the winter!

Click here to see part 12.....the saga continues!



  1. Oh my word!!! So much work, and look at you up there being handy woman extraordinaire. That picture of your driveway makes me shiver and think about crying now that winter is seriously approaching.

  2. Wow that is a lot of work. Having lived in an old house I feel your pain with drafty houses. Way to go doing all that work yourselves

  3. Wow , you are ambitious! I kind of think it looks like fun.
    All of the possibilities - a blank canvas!

  4. Aren't all houses money pits but think of how beautiful it will be when youre done. You're inspiring I would have been on the couch drinking chai lattes and waiting until spring (although Im not quite sure what a dormer is maybe it needs doing in Winter?)

  5. The site of all that torn up construction makes me so excited. I love home renovations, even if they do take some time. I will have to come back to see the rest of the pics. Only half are showing because I am on a hotel internet connection. It is super slow and not loading too quick :(

  6. Look at you go girl! You are definitely the poster girl for safety standards! Love your potty-mouth rhyme..such a woman of so many talents! you have a cannon on wheels at the end of your driveway?

  7. Oh. Em. Gee. OMG. OMIGOSH!

    I'm having a hard time expressing myself. But Wow.


  8. What a lot of great work! I'm impressed. It's my dream to have a dormer window in my bedroom some day! I think they look so cute from the outside and are a great asset to a house.

  9. j'aime ta première photo, le paysage est superbe! de voir toutes les autres je vois que le travail de réfection, de travaux ne te fait pas peur, c'est très courageux, bravo!
    Merci de tes commentaires sur mes blogs!

  10. Yay! I get to see all the pics now! I still love the torn up construction, but I can't wait to see the finished project! Don't you just love looking at a shell of a room and envisioning all the possibilities? That's my favorite part of construction .

    As much as I despise the snow, I love that first pic. It looks really pretty, all wintery like that!

  11. And not one photo of a mishap or mistake!!! Itchy job, insulation, but necessary. Even though the house is older than me, it's good to know all the structure, electrical wiring, and internal facts. And I appreciate Florida a bit more now.

  12. Wow!! Look at you go!! I love tearing stuff up like that. Oh I'd love to have dormers in my attic space someday if we ever get around to renovating it. Yours look so awesome! I agree with Mel... I think all older houses are money pits, but if we love them they're worth it.

  13. My mom used to talk of a recurring dream she would have where she would open a door in our house and all of the sudden there was another room that she never knew existed. She loved that dream and that is what I thought of when reading about your dormer renovation. Isn't it amazing how more or better use of space - or light for that matter, can make us so happy. I look forward to seeing it completed ~ Amy


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