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Post by Mike on 20th May 2010, 2:00 pm

Lovely for our eldest granddaughter .........

and her boyfriend were just now able to move into their rented country
home (will explain) and had us over last night so we brought a pizza
and a new broom (and her birthday pressies since we will be off at the
cabin next week).

A traditional "cape" farmhouse circa 1790 that has not
been remodled out of all recognition over the years and could easily be
restored. Three fireplaces that will need some work, one with a Vermont
Castings "Defiant" hooked up to it (but flue liner may need replacing)
and the one in what was the original kitchen still with it's original
ironmongry and a bake oven. Out back a "well" that was probably the
original water source, water bubbling up in a true artesian spring.
Maybe some history with local tradition saying this place with a good
cellar and on what was then a main back road to Vermont was a "station"
of the "Underground Railroad" smuggling escaped slaves to Canada.

Something over 60 acres. No barn as that burned down some years back
but there is a poultry coop. Of course they would love to buy this
place but that would take maybe $350,000 US so they can't, just
renting. But the rent? Just $550 US per month. No, that is not
normal. Should be 2-4 times that. See, this place has elderly remote
ownership and was left vacant for a few years and partied in. Luckily
that was just local farm kids who weren't intentionally destructive but
I think you can picture the resulting mess. So it was about a month of
serious work to clean the place out. The inside debris filled one
"dumpster". They have the dumpster back to receive outdoor debris but
were able to move in while doing that.

Still --- eat your hearts out.

There is no possibility of social justice on a dead planet except the equality of the grave.

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Post by Zoe on 5th June 2010, 7:31 pm

Is the 'Cape' an oak framed building?


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Post by Mike on 5th June 2010, 9:13 pm

Haven't gone checking to that extent. Her father Gary (our son who fixed our place up after the fire) came east for a visit and agrees with me about the probable date (1790). All the original beams and boards done by hand (sawmills around here by about 1810-20); gang saws instead of ripping boards with pit sawing by hand, a two man job and awful for the guy underneath getting all the sawdust).

But around here oak frame beams not necessarily the best. By this time more than a hundred years after first settlements they had learned more about native woods. This high into the hills the oak wouldn't be white oak (good, rot resistant) but red oak which is rot susceptible. And they would have used chestnut for at least the sills, possibly the entire frame. It's extremely rot resistant for a hardwood. Not nearly as stronng, but in timber framing you just adjust the dimensions of the timbers to compensate. Equal in strength to the red oak would be hard maple and American beech (*) and the softwood hemlock is also strong (and fairly rot resistant -- it's not particularly "soft" and holds nails very well; remember at least here "soft wood" refers not to actual strength/hardness but being a conifer; southern yellow pine is about as heavy, strong, and hard as oak! Penny's kitchen has a yellow pine floor).

They can't afford to buy it but if they could might tempt Gary to move back east for the restoration project. He's an expert on the wood parts, not the "antiques" but thinks there's a chance the ironmongery in what was once the main fire place could be original. Would need to bring in somebody who specializes in that to find out.

* plus of course trees that are rarer in the forest but excellent (extremely strong) like hickory -- save that for tool handles unless clearing a field and then might have enough to spare for a house frame.

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