House Update #22 – Treasures Hidden In The Ceiling
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We made a stop over at the house to take some measurements in several of the rooms. We are going to be adding some extra insulation in various places to help deaden some noise. Prior to the fire, the house was literally soundproof. I joked that I could be be getting murdered inside and no one would know.
When we first moved in, the kids were inside the sunroom (a room with 2 walls of windows) and I was standing in the driveway (near the sunroom) talking to my dad and apparently the kids were screaming for me, and I had no idea!
With all of the lath and plaster being ripped out of the house, we are extremely worried about the house feeling drafty or noisey. So we’re taking things to another level with insulation….I’ll be sharing about all of the insulation later this week.
In the basement theater room, we have a bunch of duct work that runs across the ceiling and above it, the lath and plaster ceiling is still in tact. My hubby climbed up there late last night (we have to use flashlights still in the house because there’s still no electrical, only wires run) and was looking at where we could spray some insulation.
When he asked for something long, my heart skipped a beat! I knew that had to mean something good! He must have found something! … and sure enough, he did!!!
Out of the ceiling he pulled an old, super dirty wooden trowel!
We took it outside to get a better look at it!
The bottom piece appeared to be made of an old piece of tongue and groove wood flooring.
The bottom is completely flat and pretty smooth. We figured it was probably used for plastering the walls and ceilings. The area it was found in is definitely a main/original part of the house, so it lead us to believe it had to be extra old!
We brought it back to the apartment, cleaned it up and then I posted photos of it on a Victorian homeowners Facebook group I’m apart of.
The amazing world of Facebook lead us to the answer!
It’s The Little Things…
It’s the little things like this that get me so excited about our house all over again. Simple and silly little finds that help tell the story of those that labored to build it and those that loved this house long long before us! *remember the silver spoon!!
Update #1: House Fire, Struck by Lightning
Update #2: Update
Update #3: Frustration
Update #4: The Beginning of Demo & A Few Hidden Surprises
Update #5: Demo of the Downstairs
Update #7: Silver Spoon
Update #8: Trick-Or-Treat; Victorian Style
Update #9: New Joists
Update #10: Roof
Update #11: Roof Demo
Update #12: Roof Demo & Rebuild
Update #13: Beginning of Rebuild
Update #14: Secret Bookcase!
Update #15: We Have Roof Shingles!
Update #16: Heart Hunters & Easter
Update #17: Butler’s Door
Update #18: Hometalk Segment & Video Walk-Through
Update #19: Beginning of Electrical, Plumbing and HVAC
Update #20: Garden & Bunnies
Update #21: Choosing An Exterior House Color
Update #22: Treasures Hidden In The Ceiling
Update #23: Insulation