First signs of “old house” mental disorder

by projectbuddy


Did you notice the water damage on the ceiling? Not me. I focused instead on the wonderful milk-glass light fixtures. Rather than thinking about how to stop the leak and repair the ceiling, my mind was imagining how best to save, restore, and reuse those wonderful irreplaceable glass pieces.

You can not tell from the picture, but that beautiful milk-glass light fixture was half filled with water that had turned brown from all of the tannin and other compounds that it had collected as it soaked into the roof and along the support beams. The light still worked.

I removed the milk-glass fixtures and stored them safely away before doing much work on the house. I left the ceiling in place that first winter to see how well it insulated. The small gas heater that vented outside had been in that room for a very good reason!

That next year, I removed the quarter inch plywood ceiling and itchy, cottony, wooly insulation. I had thought about leaving the exposed beams and painting them for some rustic character, but that next winter without any insulation convinced me otherwise. Buckets and plastic containers came in handy when it rained.

This photograph was taken Spring 2007.