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  • #16
    Wow! Great project, and a great start! That door is amazing.

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    • #17
      Thanks, Ray. I decided to do the roof next. I need more thought (or to talk with the owners) before I do the shed addition, as I'm only guessing about the interior floor plan at this point.



      I'm confident I know the chimney and front stair layout, based on my own house. I'm less sure about walls between the addition and the main house, and whether or not there was a back stairway.



      It's taken some fiddling to get the roof to this level of fit, and I may need to do more. But my eye really wants to do the chimney next...
      James

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      • #18

        James,

        The very first photo, and this last one, givs the illusion of a flat roof with a mansard-ish look to it. Still, it's awfully cool looking.

        Jim
        Take the red pill

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        • #19
          Looking good

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          • #20
            James, the roof fit looks pretty good in the photos. I agree with all the previous comments on that front door. Very nice.
            Bruce

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            • #21

              Quite the structure.
              Frank

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              • #22
                Fantastic work on your structure James, and as all said before me. You can't beat that front door craftsmanship.


                Louis L&R Western Railroad
                Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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                • #23
                  James,

                  Very nicely done all around! Love the front door, too!

                  As to the back, there may well have been a set of "back stairs" from the kitchen to the second floor and the maid's bedroom. Lots of places had those early on, and I don't think this would be out of place in that house. Is there a history of the house available for reference anywhere? Some well-off sea captain/ship owner, for instance, might have built this and indulged himself in the process....

                  Pete

                  in Michigan

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                  • #24
                    My guess is that at the 'back stairs would be where there are an absence of windows, on one of the back corners of the ell.It would make some sense for the 'back door' to lead to the stairs.

                    Again because of the renovations over the years, if the kitchen were in the 'ell' it would have hd its own chimney.

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                    • #25
                      quote:


                      Originally posted by bror hultgren


                      ... if the kitchen were in the 'ell' it would have hd its own chimney.


                      That's an excellent point! But depending on when the kitchen was added, and what kind of stove, it could be a brick fireplace (early), a straight brick chimney, or just a 'stovepipe' chimney, the latter for a wood or coal stove.

                      dave
                      Modeling 1890s (because the voices in my head told me to)

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                      • #26
                        The house is shaping up nicely, James. I love these New England structures.

                        Mike
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                        Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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                        • #27
                          Thanks, Jim, Ray, Bruce, Frank, Louis, Pete, Bror, Dave, Mike. I got back to 28 Winter St. after some preliminary landscaping around its foundation:



                          As with 32 Winter St., I used drywall screws as adjustable supports under the 1/4" hardboard.



                          I'd gotten a better photo of the chimney and roof trim on my recent visit. I see 3 building permits (gotta have one when it's this visible):

                          1) Extend the chimney by about 3 feet to improve draft,

                          2) Stucco or mortar over the outside, probably because the original mortar had deteriorated,

                          3) Add the modern metal cap and bird screen, probably after 1990.



                          The dimensions appear to be about 3' x 4' and 10 feet above the ridge. The sides are .040. I started the bump-outs with .020, .015 and .010 strip, then puttied. It will probably need more putty after I file it smooth tomorrow.
                          James

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                          • #28
                            Improving the draft there should make Madame very happy, as that will improve the performance of the stove.

                            Nicely done!

                            Pete

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                            • #29
                              Nice work on a challenging project, James.

                              George
                              The sky is not my limit, it's my playground.

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                              • #30
                                Good research and modeling, James.
                                Bruce

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