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pharding



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 17, 2010 10:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

FLW Prairie basements tend to be rather low, dank, with very little daylight.
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SDR



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 17, 2010 11:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Indeed. The Cheney semi-submerged lower level is an unusual exception, one supposes. What is the intended use(s) of that front space (see below) ?




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dkottum



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Location: Battle Lake, MN

PostPosted: Sun Oct 17, 2010 11:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This basement at the back of Cheney was an automobile garage. There was a garage door in place of the two center windows. Perhaps the elevation was lower or there was a ramp to drive down there. I wonder if Frank used this when he came to visit, rather than parking in front.
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SDR



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 17, 2010 1:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah -- this is the rear of the house. Guess I could have figured that out. How about that big tree so close to the building ? It could have been expected to dislodge some masonry, wouldn't you think ? Has it impacted the roof ?

Sorry for the digression . . .

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Roderick Grant



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 17, 2010 3:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

First, SDR, a basement warm in the winter? Obviously you have never spent a winter in Illinois. Cool in summer, indeed, but also, as Paul says, dank! Very little to recommend a basement fully below grade.

The original plan for Cheney was to have included a garage on the lower level, but the city nixed the idea, feeling that it would be dangerous to have one of those tin lizzies parked inside the living area, so the "mother-in-law apartment" was installed instead at the time of construction.
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SDR



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 17, 2010 3:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heh-heh. There must not have been a furnace in that basement, Roderick. Our 'thirties house in suburban New York had one, which I suppose helped some -- it was quite nice down there in cold weather, as I recall. The summer cool was admittedly dank . . .

Earth-sheltered homes are intended to benefit from the fact that temperatures are milder sub-surface at any time of the year -- as I understand it.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 17, 2010 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mr. Cheney was so annoyed that FLW ran off with his wife that he put the double hung windows in the basement because he knew that FLW hated them.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 17, 2010 8:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep -- I guess that showed 'im . . . !
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outside in



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 18, 2010 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Progress - the purple is almost gone - fascia board stained, roof installation complete, chimney done (with final original stucco color) and brown coat of stucco complete. I've decided to soda blast the exterior (after the dry sandblast) to make sure ALL of the adhesive-laden contemporary stucco is removed to allow a final float coat of tinted lime exterior plaster per the original. Next week plaster begins on the interior!



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jhealy



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 21, 2010 9:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking really good!

What, if anything, are you planning on doing to protect the house, and your restoration/rehabilitation work, from the "improvement" and "expansion" ideas of future owners, especially after all of this work has been done?

Thanks,
Jay
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Wes Barwick



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 21, 2010 9:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is looking great. I am going to have to take a drive down and see the home in person soon. Good job.
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outside in



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 10:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Finally, the hot water/silica sand blasting system removes ALL of the adhesive-laden stucco overcoat and exposes the original brown (gray) coat, making a perfect surface for a traditional tinted lime plaster finish. Note to self: use water-based, not dry sandblasting on future projects. Upstairs floor sanding starts today!




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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 10:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

outside in:

Really coming along great! Thanks for keeping us updated. And I look forward to seeing how different - and after a long time, once again correct - Ross will look with it's finished color coat.


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DRN



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the pics outside in, the house is looking better with each installment.

What has been your strategy for windows and doors? Restore the originals, custom replication of the originals, replicate, but with insulating glass, or a little of each? I ask because the windows and doors look correct to the period but as if new.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 12:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The doors and windows are original, except for the patio doors which were added to allow access to the rear yard. The glass in the windows was designed to be held in place with wooden stops, but the contractor switched to glazing putty, which meant that the windows needed to be painted, not stained. We removed all the subsequent layers of paint, reinstalled the glass with wooden stops, per the drawings, and stained the sash using Sikkens. Each window opening will be fitted with a roller insect screen, and an insulated storm window installed at the location of the former screen window for an R value of 7. This method allows all of the windows to be open during the summer with screens.
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