Lizard Shots 8

New Berlin Salvage Mining of the Main House is almost history

Tons of incredible wood so far, but at least a day of de-nailing with a full crew going at it.  At least one more day just to get it to the ground but I am saving the stairway to last.

Here is the before we came to the ranch view…..

Salvage Mining House

Just in case you forgot what it used to look like.

 

You can see the center of the house had the floor running from the front to the back, while the wings ran to the outside.

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I was told that this was added later and came from a totally different house that was older than this one.

Here are shots of the progress and what to expect from a job like this besides a bunch of hard work.

I brought back a second gooseneck trailer with 3,000-4,000 board feet of Long Leaf Pine lumber, a hundred sheets of corrugated tin, and still have at least one more, likely two more loads of wood to go before we are done with the house.

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Behind that wall is the staircase.

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Just one of the piles of 2×4’s that are coming off the site.

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Rear view of the house with the carport to the left.

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There is the stairwell to nowhere if you ever wondered what it looks like.

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Down to the ground and pull up the mesquite posts the entire house sat upon for 125 years.

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Using the Skin Removers to pull the last of the floors from the kitchen and living areas.

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That entire floor took about an hour and a half for two guys with the PSL Skin Remover tools to keep from tearing up a bunch of the floor.

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I love to leave the stairwell to last as it gives a great effect, as if it were to lead to the stars, heaven, or another dimension.

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See how the floor in the hall ran different than the living and bedroom areas. Looks like a run way to the stair well. Originally it was the long entry way that carried the breeze to the transom windows and helped cool the house in the heat of summer with the wind blowing down the middle.

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Our friend, a Texas sized lizard of about 8 or 9 inches in length watches from a 2×4 and watching for wayward bugs.

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Our new friend actually smiled for the camera. Can you tell?

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Then the pole barn, the garage, and maybe even the ranch hand house near the front gate.

Salvaged House

Remember this big house?  Here is the day I first saw this great old farmhouse.

Wall dividing rooms has been removed. Luckily, only paneling on the walls and ceilings, not sheetrock.

Wall dividing rooms has been removed. Luckily, only paneling on the walls and ceilings, not sheetrock.

 

Here were the outbuildings and the front shot of the main house.

Outbuildings have value too but in this case, 20 of the 1x12s at 20 feet long could be worth a grand just by them selves, but better yet, 6 or 7 had a lot of burled grain in them making them worth much more.

Outbuildings have value too but in this case, 20 of the 1x12s at 20 feet long could be worth a grand just by them selves, but better yet, 6 or 7 had a lot of burled grain in them making them worth much more.

I must admit it has taken longer than normal, but the wood has been worth it for the most part, even with the huge losses from the termite damage in the front and other parts of the house.
The bee hive was successfully moved, has been put in Tantra Village, and the honey from it is incredibly delicious.  Hopefully all of us are happy with the transition next spring as well as in the fall when we will get more honey.

 

So much more to go through and move, but truly a major number of irreplaceable resources saved for building tiny houses with in the near future, perhaps with the weekend seminars we will be starting soon combined with the overnight stays in our Tiny Texas Houses out in the first village.