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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

Framing – First Floor

I’m self-admittedly not a very visual person. I’m bad at hanging things on walls, I can’t tell if something is 30 feet vs 300 feet away from me and somehow I mess up drawing straight lines even with the aid of a ruler. So even though we have blueprints, it’s still been difficult for me to envision how everything is really going to look. Now that … Continue reading Framing – First Floor

Woodside: The Second Year

We recently celebrated our second anniversary of owning Woodside. Compared to the first year, it’s had fewer surprises … which is good, because I am not sure I could handle discovering another 30,000 bees living between floors. On the other hand, after two years, I feel prepared for just about anything Woodside throws our way (as long as it doesn’t involve a solo trip to … Continue reading Woodside: The Second Year

Basement Framing

Who remembers how creepy the Woodside basement used to be? A failing foundation, giant old boiler, and territorial groundhog were just a few of the gifts bestowed upon us when we bought the house. Full confession – I wouldn’t go into the basement alone for the first few months because I was terrified the groundhog was going trap me in a corner (and then what, … Continue reading Basement Framing