April 1, 2011

The Cobbler's Children Have No Shoes:IS TO:The Architect's Home Has No Insulation?

Perhaps you've been wondering what in the hell is happening with our *ahem* Holyoke home improvements? Someone in real life said to me recently, "Hey, nice home improvement blog with no home improvements."And I only cried a little.
My approach to our lack of progress has been to put on a cheery face and hope you wouldn't notice. But *I* notice every day. Here's the story:
1. We live in an old house and we're trying to do things right (and completely) the first time. So we're sussing out insulation, insulation prep (holes in ceiling for access), new bathroom, bathroom venting, bathroom electric, possible venting for future shower, washer and dryer, plumbing, etc. And we're doing all this ourselves.
2. One of us is an (excellent!) architect who takes a lot of pride in his work.
3. Said architect is REALLY REALLY REALLY busy in real life. Seriously. It's hard to explain how busy. The other one of us is not an architect. So......yeah.

Spring will bring more activity on our upstairs project and some outdoor projects (that I can work on), but I want to acknowledge the dearth of home improvement posts and tell you: hang on! They're coming!
Here's some dog porn to tide you over.

18 comments:

  1. Holyoke, IRL I project manage the construction and installation of energy savings performance contracts. Before you insulate, it is critical to air seal, particularly at the top of the house. You can do this yourself with a two-part spray-on foam. If you would like more details let me know. If you do not air seal, you will have drafts and moisture issues and never get the rated performance out of your insulation.

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  2. All I really care about is Morgan anyway, so screw the home improvements! ;) (I share your pain about doing the boring, behind the scenes stuff. How do you blog about that and make it interesting? Well, you don't, that's how!)

    Why don't you be like me and blog about weirdos and make fun of people and then have super sensitive people read it and get all upset about it? Now THERE is a good time! Haha.

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  3. I love all your posts, whether they're about HI or not.

    BTW, what happened to the crazy cat lady in your neighborhood?

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  4. I didn't start following you initially for the home improvements. I was here for the veggies! LOL So I'm along for the ride...come what may! ^_^

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  5. A home is about much, much more than physical improvements... I believe it's about what you eat for breakfast on the weekend in spring in New England (sugar shack), who you snuggle most frequently (Morgan) and odds and ends that give you joy (tiny brass beavers) or annoyance (crazy feral cat poop). And anything else you like. We 'real-lifers' get it. So keep on with your bad self.

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  6. Hi DarcC! Mr. Man is TOTALLY all over the air sealing. We wrote a post about it: http://www.holyokehome.com/2010/01/air-sealing-attic-post-three-in-which.html

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  7. Things in old houses take for-e-ver, so sometimes true before and afters are hard to come by. It's more like before and not quite before. And I agree with Kati, I like reading about the life posts too.

    I'm still laughing about the phrase dog porn, though. You have to promise that you'll post the Google searches that you get from that.

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  8. How dare you post about such things before I started reading you? Blessings on blog of note, which directed me to you in the first place, but after aforementioned air-sealing post :)

    Glad you're on top of it (get it? attic? on top?) Sorry. I'll stop now. Happy Friday!

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  9. The problem with houses is we live in them, and the problems stare us down. It's like posting a giant to-do list at every turn. Look at what hasn't yet been done! Don't worry, be happy, and keep taking doggie photos; I gasped with delight as I scrolled down. I'm telling you: coffee table book.

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  10. Old homes or not so old homes...every project takes time, money and usually never goes perfect as planned. I'm just glad to know we're not the only ones with many unfinished wish lists!

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  11. You could write about anything and I would be thoroughly entertained. The house renovations will resume, and the sense of accomplishment will return. It's all good.

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  12. Yeah... I've gotten the same sort of questions. And all I can say is that unless you HAVE an old house, you have no idea what it's like. None.

    And don't worry ... slowly it will get going again and it will be the coolest frikkin' house in Holyoke.

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  13. I completely understand. I've purchased 2 old homes so far and they're alot of work-especially if you're doing it yourselves. It's a labor of love. Wait-but I thought not having renovation progress posts was a ploy to keep your readers on the edge so they'd have to come back daily. If not, it totally should be. I love your blog/posts with or without the reno updates. Truth of the matter is, the reno before and afters-an added bonus. Hope you're having a great weekend!

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  14. I'm feeling the same way. I still like your posts, even the ones without Morgan (gasp!).
    :)

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  15. Understand you. How close is this to me.

    BTW, dog is fantastic ;)

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  16. I stick around for Morgan and your impeccable sense of humor. And I'm sure the home improvements will come in their due time!

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  17. I have a feeling my blog is going to become all dog and no home once we get a puppy. Totally understandable!

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  18. I just bumped into via a "painted kitchen floors" search - you're doing great! My farmhouse started as a Ten year Plan - it's 17 years later and we're at about the 3 year mark!

    Insulate as you go (and you can't have too many outlets or breakers), try to limit the number of gutted rooms, and put off having offspring if you can 'cause they'll add YEARS to the plan. It's all a Labor of Love and the nice thing about a house that needs *everything* is that each thing you complete makes a huge, oh-so-satisfying difference!

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