This old house had a lot of damage and repairs that needed immediate attention. At the top of the list was the kitchen chimney. I recall as a young girl my great-grandmother cooking on a wood burning stove. I have vague memories of her standing by the cast iron stove and picking up the lids and moving them with a black iron holder thingy that nestled into the grooves on the lids. I've never seen one being used since then but I'm guessing she would move the pots from "eye to eye" depending on the intensity of heat or fire she needed.
Water damage from the chimney had caused severe damage to the kitchen floor and exterior siding. The company I hired for the job replaced the rotten exterior boards but they didn't replace the bowed boards. I knew eventually I'd replace it with vinyl siding, but for now the worst damage had been repaired, time to move on to the clean up.
I looked at the cinder blocks for several weeks before I even attempted the clean up. These blocks were twice as heavy as regular cinder blocks so it really was a back breaking experience. I was very happy when this clean up was over and it was time to move on to the next project! Even though my old house was still pretty ugly, she now had a new roof and the trouble spots for water leaks had been fixed...she was actually looking pretty good and I was elated with the progress.
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