Nah, it is pretty boring. I will write an entire post on the glories that will be be the wood fire heater. But there are a few steps that need to happen before the heater gets here. The rest of the house is pretty much just a standard house.
The real estate lady that sold us the house is married to one of the only people in the town that installs wood fire heaters, when we are ready he will come and tell us if the one we have chosen is appropriate for the space we are trying to heat and if the spot we have decided on meets safety standards. Next Winter ought to be a lot warmer in this non insulated house.
How do I know the house has no insulation? I decided to try my hand at DIY. There was a hole in the wall in one of the bedrooms. I assume some sort of moving mishap from the previous people. I watched a youtube video and then gave fixing it a crack.
I cut out a rough-ish rectangle around the hole, the damage extended quite far behind the wall so it was a fairly big hole I cut. I waited for the masses of spiders to pour out as has happened in my nightmares. Nothing came out.
I had a hesitant look in the hole. I could feel a cold breeze on my face. Weird. Had a proper look.
Yep that it the outside cladding of the house. Nothing in between. I was not willing to stick my hand in the hole to have a feel around and see where this breeze was coming from, so that remains an unsolved mystery. I screwed in a bit of wood so that I could attach the new plaster to something.
Cut a piece of new plaster to the vague size of the hole in the wall. I said vague….
Screwed the new piece in and joint compounded it.
I have sanded it back twice and added more joint compound. I am pretty happy with the result.
I am unsure what we will do about the lack of insulation. Short of replastering the house I don’t see how we could get it in there.
Installing double glazed windows just moved further down the list. Not much point worrying about the windows when there is no insulation. Seems like putting a band-aid on a gushing wound. Lucky I like all seasons as we will feel them all in the house. Super hot in Summer, super cold in Winter. Right now, with numb fingers the heater seems a really high priority. In a month or 2 when I am sweltering, I feel an airconditioner might move to the top of the list. Lucky I love the heat 🙂