The Ashland House: An Update

Yesterday I stopped by The Ashland House and this is what I saw:

Demo on The Front Porch

Debris from the demo of the porch ceiling.

The ceiling over the porch was demolished in order to put in stronger floor joists.  We need stronger floor joists because we will be using the second floor as living space.  Originally the second floor had a lower pitched ceiling and was an unused attic.

Here is a picture looking up from the front porch:

Looking Up From Front Door

You can see the new pitch of the roof. It is 3 feet higher than the old one.

After I saw the front porch I checked our mailbox and found this mailer:

House Listing

Listing for a lovely home recently for sale in River Forest. Look at how it mocks me (the house and the mailer). It doesn’t need any work.

I thought I was done with this post until I remembered that I forgot to tell you about the Chicago Brick.  You may recall we are having it restored because it has been suffocating under multiple layers of paint.  It turns out that there are 5 layers of paint.  Not only that but there are about 200 bricks that will have to be removed and replaced because their fronts have come off.  What should have been a 2 week job is unfolding into a much more involved project.  Here are some pics:

Partially Stripped Brick

Partially stripped brick. The brick on the bottom has been stripped. The tuck pointing is what I would refer to as “Bad News Bears”. It needs to be painstakingly restored.

Ashland House Stripping the Paint I

Paint layers in order from the face of the brick out: 2 layers of red paint, one layer of white paint and then another 2 layers of brown paint. The brown paint was probably used to match the old brown shingles, brown gutters and brown siding at the back of the house.

That’s all for now.

As always, thanks for reading and have a Joyful Day!

xo Whitney

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    1. Dr Meg Sorick

      Don’t let that fancy pants house in the mailer get you down! You will have the satisfaction of knowing you saved your house and made it just the way you wanted it. It’s looking awesome! Sorry about for the brick setback. 🙁 Thanks for the update!

    2. Yasmina

      No other house has that lovely scupper yours does! Hang in there! Remember it’s a love, hate, love relationship. 🙂

    3. Valerie

      Besides, the fancy pants house has a bit much going on with all the trim! Yours will be lovely, and best of all, it will have your personal stamp on it!