Okey Dokey.Believe it or not, this one of my favourite parts of this house. Creepy things are behind this door...
Don't mind the mess in the kitchen. We haven't really unpacked as the
plan is to (hopefully) have all new cabinets installed in the next couple of months.
Anyways, lets head downstairs.
Yup. Thats dirt. Kinda neat how you can see the different layers as it goes down,
And if you look close you can even see the grass / roots from what is probably the virgin desert sod.
Apparently there used to be a boiler in the second floor as well as the basement- well, here's the remains of the boiler that used to
be in the basement. This was not its original location. Not sure why
it's partially cut up- but my guess is someone attempted to get it out
of the basement, got it partially cut up, ran out of steam and just
dragged the rest of the shell into this corner.
Remnants of knob and tube wiring. None of it's currently hooked up.
Don' think there's even any wire left, just a few of the knobs.
Crawlspace under the front living room. Bricks are holding up a pipe
that is supporting the floor joists. I believe this was an attempt at
making the floors less saggy / creaky, and a successful one at that.
Home inspector was impressed with how "solid" feeling the floors were. If I remember correctly, Bishop Adams helped put this and a few others up. Fitting- he sure put up a lot of support to everyone around him in his life, and I'm proud to have a reminder of him here.
Here's the utility room. Not too big. I was thinking it would be a
great spot to set up an indoor pistol shooting range shooting into the dirt, but wife wasn't
too keen on that idea.
The brick mixed in with the lava block is the base of a currently extinct chimney. Don't know how far up this one goes.
Some interesting wiring here.
The only ventilation in the basement comes from this window.
Furnace isn't too old, and the water softener is maybe 2? years old.
I just love the lava block foundation.
Rough cut floor joists and underside of the wood flooring. I believe its Red Pine?
Old plumbing that may have gone to an extra sink when it was an
appartment? Also another chimney base in the foundation. This one goes
all the way out, and the pot bellied stove in the upstairs library is
connected to it. Going to give that one a try this winter.
Fun fun! Need to start researching vapor barriers. Soooo many things to do.