It’s all over but the shouting; some exterior caulking and installing the access door to the area under the room. I’m 95% happy with the work; there are some smallish problems, but the amazing end price bumps up my happiness level.
So to recap; a previous owner, a filmmaker/painter, and his wife, a dancer/choreographer, closed in the back deck about 30 years ago, and he did the work himself. The design and layout of the house are inspired; it’s a garden variety small bungalow probably dating from the 1920's-1930's. My contractor says the brick work is characteristic of the 30's and 40's, so I’m going with 1930's. They opened it up so that there’s a 14 ft cathedral ceiling in the living room, there are salvaged french doors all over the place, and it’s just generally a really delightful combination of old and new, open concept, yet cozy.
BUT; the workmanship was crap, and nobody put any maintenance or money into the house until I came along 15 years ago; they were all starving artistes, writers, actors, etc., so I’ve done; new roof (including new rafters and sheathing), new furnace, new windows, new plumbing, new sewage pipes, new wiring ....
And I’d been putting off this back addition repair/renovation, until it became obvious that it had to be done. Raccoons have gotten into the subfloor several times and ripped out insulation, and water was actually showing up in the subfloor, water had damaged the window frames ... you get the picture.
The contractor said the windows weren’t actually windows; they were just panes of glass set into the walls. When he opened up the walls there were no wall studs, in an 8 x 17 ft room, but there were panes of glass inside the walls (!?). I went from optimistically replacing siding, sheathing, insulation and windows and doors and back steps, to having to gut the vertical frame. They managed to carve an extra 6 ft for me somehow; this guy must specialize in TARDISes
So without further ado; before, during and after (oh, and the interior colours are off; the pale yellow is far lemonier than what shows up, and in fact the pale creamy yellow is closer to what I want, and that’s Monty in the last pic);