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How This Whole Thing Started

When people find out we bought a farmhouse that was built in 1848 and needs a complete renovation, they are mostly unsurprised. To grasp why, you must first get acquainted with the men of the Papineau family: Brendon, his dad, and his uncles, who I like to joke that if you put them in the middle of the field, they could build a house with their bare hands. … Continue reading How This Whole Thing Started

Insulation + Drywall

Guys, we have (some) walls! After finishing up the electrical and plumbing in the basement and first floor, we got to work insulating those areas. We used traditional insulation in the basement, and then opted for spray foam insulation throughout the rest of the house. Why spray foam? Although it is more expensive, spray foam has a higher R-value, which will make Woodside more energy … Continue reading Insulation + Drywall

Exterior Work

Thanksgiving: Eat a ton of food, take a nap and then get up early to shop climb onto scaffolding 30-feet in the air. At least that’s how the Papineaus do it. Last year our Thanksgiving weekend project was building the porches; this year, we tackled exterior work on the opposite end of the house. We started by setting up scaffolding to pull down the rest of … Continue reading Exterior Work