Saturday, August 11, 2012

Watch Our Dust

We've changed crews working on 62nd Street, and things are really starting to happen. Over the next couple months, a lot will be taking place.

Dan Tobin, who we have known for many years, is now actually living in the Cheney Cottage, taking care of the place and overseeing the work that's going on. Dan and his brother Tim have taken charge of the construction, and they'll be working primarily in the Delaney House. In the next couple weeks, they'll get the windows installed, put up the siding, build the stairs, and really start flying on the inside. The Delaney House is going to start looking like a finished place (at least from the outside) very soon.

Dan has helped manage the first project: installing the driveway and the walkway to the Cheney Cottage. The concrete is done (we used 5 yards of concrete) and it looks sharp! By tomorrow, when we can start walking on it, we'll be able to walk right up to the front steps, without having a major step to get up to the porch.
The new walkway to the Cheney Cottage

In the Cheney Cottage, the plumber is starting on Monday installing the drain waste and vent lines. Next weekend, Tom and I will install the pipes for the upstairs radiators, and then on the 20th the plasterer will start. Soon the Cheney Cottage will have finished walls!

We're finalizing the details with Bill Rayno for the heating systems, but we should have a working heating system in both houses before long. Dan and Tim have secured the Delaney House, so we can put things in there and not worry about them being stolen. So the boilers for both houses will be installed, then the underfloor heating and radiators.

And Dale will be back the week of the 20th to finish the paint job on the front house, and to start planning the paint for the back.

The whole project is on track to wrap up some time in November. We hope to get the Cheney Cottage rented in early September, and the Delaney House will follow soon after. Stay tuned, things will be moving fast!


  1. Does it get that cold there that you need that level of a heating system?

    1. That's a very good question. There are a few days that get quite cold here ... sometimes quite a few days, but there are houses that really don't need heat here. They're the superinsulated ones. The problem is that the City still requires a heating system even if it's not necessary. Hydronic heat works well here and in the long run is less expensive, paying for the difference in about 12-15 years. ... and it's sooo much more comfortable.