It again has been way to long since I have updated this blog but we just wanted to let everyone (who reads this) that it is official. The Friends of the Wilbur Farmhouse is a Federally recognized 501.c.3 Public Charity!!!!
The goat house is coming along nicely and we are trying to get it fully "winterized" before the next (way to early) snowfall. The goats are doing great and love their new home.
Thank you again for everyone who has bee stopping by, helping and well wishing. We knew this would be a long journey but progress is being made everyday!
What a great week!! We are still rolling along! I have titled this North wall - the great wall of Haiti as my two favorite Haitian carpenters finished it today. One day at a time is how we are going to finish this house and how I am going to try to update this blog.....anyone reading? Thanks
It sure has been a long time in the making but we are finally ready to raise the frame for the addition to the Wilbur Farmhouse! After what seems like and eternity - last week we got it done - the foundation is complete and the subfloor is down. Now the countdown starts to September 6th! In eleven short days we will be raising the frame and will need all of the help we can get. If you ever want to see how they really did it in the good old days - come on by and if you are lucky you will be able to lend a hand. We are also having a good old fashion cook out after the work is done. So please - bring a bowl of your favorite homemade salad or desert and join us. The burgers and dogs will be waiting!
Between all of the birthday parties and recent celebrations I can't believe we were actually able to get the foundation waterproofed, insulated, protected and back filled - especially with all of this rain. The foundation is approximately 95 % complete as we still have to tie the two frost walls that are perpendicular to the original house, into its foundation. This area of the foundation will not actually be "supporting" any weight as the 8X8 sill beams that will ride over this frost wall will be cantilevered off of the new foundation wall and be self supporting. As mentioned above, we insulated the foundation with recycled 2" rigid foam insulation that was recovered from an old flat roof in Boston. The 2" rigid boards will provide and R-10 insulating value which will hopefully contribute to the energy efficiency of the house. From what I am reading this should keep the temperature in the basement area of the house somewhere around the 50 degree mark....perfect for storing the summer veggies. After the installation of the "interior" French drain system we plan of insulating the slab in with the more of the recycled insulation......a lot of digging by hand coming up soon.
There will be much more to come regarding R-values and insulation as we progress through the summer. Our idea for the new addition to the Farmhouse is to get as close to LEED Certified for Homes as close as a historical property can come with out actually registering or applying (costs of the certificate do not really outweigh its value in this case....unless....any manufacturers up for donating....). Back to reality - we have been kicking around the notion of almost keeping the new building and the original Farmhouse as two connected but "separate-able" entities when it comes to energy use for, at least heating. Our current plan is to "super insulate" the addition and make it as tight as the "green" post and beam will tolerate (I hope someone knows) while insulating the existing building but not as tight as the new ell. I have been told that not letting the 220 year old structure "breathe" like it always has, might have some adverse affects. We do not want that.
The topic of study now is how to insulate the existing building. Currently there is no insulation and holes everywhere. We have been thinking a lot about a double wall system and filling with icynene but do know quite know whether to go inside (shrinking livable foot print) or outside.....both options will be a lot of work. More to come as my hands are tired from the longest blog I have ever posted........
I would like to take a moment to thank everyone for the well wishes on my birthday and thank you to everyone that came by the house last Friday night. I would like to send a very special THANK YOU to Leah and my Mom who put the whole thing together and got me the AWESOME gifts to the right! You guessed it. I am now the very proud owner of a Robert Sorby 1-1/2" chisel and a 3 lb. raw hide mallet (for those of you who don't know......these are the tools that we are using to build The Wilbur Farmhouse!!) Leah and my Mom definitely know how much these mean to me and I thank you again and love the both of you very much! Below is the great cake that Leah made for me...along with all of the other John Deere goodies (and yes I do have one.......).
Last Friday we the lumber deliveries began to arrive. The first truck came with the sills and first floor framing and the Pleasant Street crew immediately got to work cutting the timbers. It is really something special to see how the joints are cut into the big timbers with chisel and mallet. Please check out the photos on the Construction Process page...or better yet - come on by for a visit!
Hello to all of our loyal followers - please rest assured that the Carriage House and Wood Shed have been well documented and will be reconstructed after the Kitchen El is back in place. The new building will be post and beam construction and will follow the same basic façade design as the demolished structure. After we started getting into the disassembly process we ran into THOUSANDS of semi dormant carpenter ants and realized most of the structure was beyond saving. We did however salvage several of the hand hewn timbers for reuse and incorporation into the new work.
Well it sure has been a long, long winter. We took full advantage of the best weather that we have had in some time to receive our first delivery of lumber on Friday and then continued with the demolition of the Carriage House and Wood Shed on Saturday. The structure came down with a very small bang (as you can see from the YouTube video) but it was fun. After a thorough investigation of the building we came to the conclusion that there was basically nothing worth saving so we ended up taking it down the fasted way we could come up with....my truck. It went well and as "Uncle Phil" just told me.....as long as no one got hurt.....it's OK. Special thanks out to Nate for all of the help. I definitely could not have done it without him.
Hello. My name is Dale Thistle. Together with my fiancé Leah we are ready to embark on a long anticipated journey, to re-construct The Wilbur Farmhouse". Living on Borderland has been a long time dream of ours and as we continue down this road we are realizing there will be several obstacles to overcome....some small and some much bigger but in the end we know it will be worth it.