As we think ahead to the floors in the living room and master bedroom, we have realized that even though Kevin added some support under some beams, the house still shakes when you walk across either room.....so we've decided we should go ahead and take up those floors as well. Unlike the kitchen, the wood is solid in these rooms so we will remove it carefully and reuse it. There are only a few small spots in the master bedroom of what appears to be old termite damage. I was thinking about using some paint stripper that encapsulates any lead paint, but Kevin just reminded me that the Amish gentleman that is going to build our kitchen cabinets has an industrial planer in his (very impressive) workshop, and we could pay him to plane them for us. The flooring is yellow poplar, which used to be very common in Indiana, and has a subtle but beautiful grain. The color is relatively light, so we're not sure yet if we should just put some varnish on it, or use a light stain. We will experiment with that to see what looks best. This is a BIG project that will set us back a little, but like the kitchen, we know we will be happy we did it now instead of wait for some problem to come up later. In the next few weeks, we'll be opening up the master bedroom floor, so stay tuned.
In the meantime, here are some photos I took today while walking around listening to the sound of the wind whipping through the trees as loud as the ocean. I wish I could include a photo of the eagle I saw flying but couldn't get the camera ready on my cell phone in time. It was majestic and beautiful and made me catch my breath.
p.s. Happy New Year!!!!