I’ve been taking the aluminum siding off our old beast of a house.
Plans for electric service are only moderately behind schedule, and the building inspector called me back about getting a demo permit. So it seems, things are working out nicely, if a hair behind the original time line. Seems like we’ll be able to start taking the old thing down in a week or more. Ergo, it became time to free the poor old thing from its aluminum shell. Photos are the original wood siding – underneath the aluminum.
Honestly, I don’t get the whole tin siding thing. It’s usually awful for the house – as it ages and goes to seed, things bend here and there, and it starts to act like a tin channel – bringing water directly into the house instead of keeping water out. The aluminum siding was responsible for a lot of the damage to our old place. Ah, well. A building materials fad, I suppose. Curiously, I enjoy taking the siding off. Appeals to my sense of order, and you never know what you might find. I happened upon this weird old locksmith tool (or something) marked Schlage between two clapboards.
In the salvage department, it’s become obvious I’m going to have loads of good condition 100-something year old building materials to sell or keep. It’s a happy by-product of taking the house down by hand, rather than bulldozing it. The whole two-story house is clad in that thick original wood siding – all solid and no rot. We’ll have a house-worth of old roughcut lumber and 2x4s, and several long-length huge rough cut beams from the two floors. Not to mention more than a few tons (literally) of big foundations stones.
Hmmm. Makes one think about building with vintage materials, doesn’t it? Maybe not. Or maybe. Even if we don’t build a new house largely from salvage, I’ll have plenty of materials to sell and to build outbuildings.