Um. . . .
Everyone said that the house has always been warm and there are three layers of siding on the front of the house and there is a huge amount of airspace between the inner walls and the outer walls but. . . I like to be warm. I hate being cold. We need to re-wire the whole house. A few moments of furrowed eyebrows and painful deliberating and we decided to just gut the downstairs.
Ouch. We didn't figure insulation and wall board for every room downstairs into our calculations. BUT come wintertime, I really won't mind if I have to build the fire 4 or 5 times a ay instead of 6 or 8. That will be O.K. with me. It might even make up for the ouch in the budget a bit plus the wiring will go a lot faster this way.
I'm right, Right?
In our ripping and tearing we have discovered an interesting thing about Amish construction. We know that they are supposed to live very simply, no extra frills - nothing fancy, you know. This means that they don't use screws. Everything is held together with nails. They also don't really believe in installing hooks for hanging things from. Instead, they simply pound nails in wherever they might need to hang anything. Lots of nails. The bigger the nail, the better. yesterday, i pulled out a lot of nails at shoulder, head and hip height because we were all getting tired of leaning up against a wall and getting impaled or getting gouged in the pants while carrying an akward piece of tubing. I pulled at least 40 nails out of various places in the house. There's still one massive nail - I mean railroad spike- pounded in high up on the wall in my studio. I'm afraid if I pull it out, the whole back side of the house will come down.
Molly took some awesome photos of the hayloft yesterday, too. iif she gets her other work done, I'll help her put up her first post this evening so you all can see.