Reclaimed Heart Pine

We harvested the 100+-year-old heart pine from the original Cannon House structure and it's now flooring in the new den.  Below picture, top left: heart pine planks before they were removed from the house exterior. top right: view of the new staggered-width flooring through to the pantry. bottom: close-up view (before finishing).   

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Digging the Dirt… And The Trenches

This past week has seen a flurry of activity, with approvals from the city for the new retaining wall... and digging the trenches for the new wall structure. Much like the houses of its time, Cannon House will have angular zigs and zags in this new addition. Today also saw the removal of the house's … Continue reading Digging the Dirt… And The Trenches

#EcoBuild Tip No. 1: To Chip or Not to Chip?

Brick, brick pieces and mortar refuse is a common occurrence in renovation and building. In our case, we only had a small amount of unusable brick after the initial demo. When Cannon House was renovated in 2008, we brought in a brick chipper and put the remnants under the new porch to help with drainage. … Continue reading #EcoBuild Tip No. 1: To Chip or Not to Chip?

Bricks Started Coming Off Yesterday

  Piece by piece, the bricks were removed—exposing beautiful heart pine that's about 100 years old. We're going to reclaim both the brick and the wood for uses later on in the reno. We also had an EarthCraft meeting where I learned a great deal about sensible construction practices that can make a huge difference … Continue reading Bricks Started Coming Off Yesterday