Wood & Bones: Chronicle of a Cottage, Part 6

Apr 26, 2010

Editor’s note: Here’s part 6 of Bill Smith’s blog chronicle about the restoration of a run-down cottage in Pasadena’s Historic Highlands neighborhood. Bill and his wife, Sheryl Scott, are both graphic designers and do-it-yourselfers who have expectedly found themselves headed for a year of home-improvement adventures. Look for a new post in the saga soon.

Mold & Mushrooms

So we haven’t made much physical progress this week because of the rain. We’re also trying to get up to speed with a general plan to submit to the permit office, but we’re still working out the basic layout of the house. Our dining room table is deep in books about plumbing, framing, contracting, Craftsman homes….

We’re going to start skinning the interior this week, so Sheryl and I did another inspection, and took some measurements and photos. Here are some lovely mushrooms that are growing in one of the bedrooms.

The attic access is from the exterior. I climbed up to see what was going to hit me in the face when I eventually pull the ceiling down. Surprisingly, there was no insulation at all. None in the walls either. Add in louvered windows (probably installed in the ’60s), and that was one cold house in the winter. I also cracked open the crooked garage, which was screwed shut with sheets of plywood. Straightening the garage and installing a new door will be done soon, as I’ll need a secure area on site to store tools, materials and also items that we remove from the house. We plan to reuse as much material from the original house as possible, along with architectural salvage from several locations in town. More on that later.

That’s all for now. Here’s a parting shot of our little penicillin factory with a camellia bush peeking through the window.

To read more about Bill & Sheryl’s renovation adventures, go to Bill’s Wood & Bones blog, or stay tuned here for a new installment soon.



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