Hardly a housewife: When your ceiling sags

0 8

Hand-hewn beams from old barns in PA

My husband and I are suckers for old houses. In late February, we fell head-over-heels for an antique farmhouse that backs up to a nature preserve. For five years we had lived in a 400-square-foot condo and then rented a restored two-bedroom home from the 1860s.

Our late 1700s find was, to us, super charming. But we knew it needed a lot of work. For six months we’ve been un-doing a ‘70s-era wallpapering frenzy, ripping out carpet, sanding windows, and painting. Lots of painting. All-in-all these were easy, cosmetic tweaks.

There’s nothing like really looking under the hood to make you think “charming” is a realtor’s secret code for: run for the hills! I can deal with horse-hair insulation and bumpy plaster. But when we decided to peek up into the ceiling to check out the hand-hewn beams above, we were in for a real surprise.

Our living room is long  and divided by a fireplace in the center. Those more than 200-year-old beams had, over time, sagged at least six inches.

Instead of addressing the issue, a previous homeowner decided to lob those babies in half and cover them up with sheetrock. We soon saw that when you walked or jumped around upstairs, the beams buckled under the weight.

Acting tough while ripping down the ceiling

We couldn’t just cover it back up–we had to fix it. Ripping out the entire ceiling revealed decades of animal and human grit. Inches of dirt rained down on our heads along with squirrels nests and nuts they had stored for winter. Yum.

After many dusty nights and lots of research, we found a company that sells reclaimed, hand-hewn beams from barns in northern Pennsylvania.

By purchasing from a relatively local company, the product would not be transported far. We also wanted to reduce the use of new timber and limit the environmental impact of manufacturing.

After weeks of anticipation, the beams arrived Friday! Ripping out the old and putting in the “new” will no- doubt be tedious, but we’re on our way to a renewed living space.

The butchered beams will make great accent shelves around the house—nothing will go to waste!

About the author / 

Green Diva Cara

Related Posts

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

GDGD Radio Network Crowdfunding banner
GDGD Radio banner link
Green Divas Peace Out Meditation Podcast Series

Yekra Player

Yekra is a revolutionary new distribution network for feature films.

Cafeteria Man

“All across America, school food is undergoing a major transformation to help reverse the childhood obesity epidemic — but not without opposition and challenges. CAFETERIA MAN provides an inspiring, behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to bring fresher, healthier food to the millions of kids in our nation’s schools. The film follows nationally-recognized chef Tony Geraci as he works to revamp school food programs that feed thousands of students in two big city districts — Baltimore and Memphis. Responding to the pleas of Baltimore students who were fed-up with terrible school lunches, Geraci was hired to replace pre-plated foods with tastier, more nutritious meals. But he didn’t stop there. To help students develop a better appreciation for healthier foods, he also established a model 33 acre teaching farm, brought in more locally sourced produce, and initiated student-designed meals. CAFETERIA MAN shows that it is possible to feed our nation’s students healthier, more nutritious meals, and provides inspiration and ideas to win the fight for better school food.

With appearances by First Lady Michelle Obama, noted food author Michael Pollan, White House Chef Sam Kass. "

green divas radio show on iheart radio
green divas myearth360 report on iheart radio
green divas foodie-philes on iheart radio
green divas green dudes on iheart radio
GVK by green divas on iheart radio
green divas on stitcher

Yekra Player

Yekra is a revolutionary new distribution network for feature films.

Overfed and Undernourished

“We live in a world with increasing levels of Cancer, Heart Disease, Diabetes and Obesity. Over 70% of foods we consume on a daily basis are processed, and according to the World Health Organization, if current trends continue one billion people will be obese by 2030.

With our fast paced lives, we have become reliant and connected to devices, TVs, computers, tablets and smartphones and disconnected with the natural world, and the people around us.

“Overfed & Undernourished” examines modern lifestyles and a global epidemic through one boy’s inspiring story to regain his health from the inside out. After heartache, Liam, weighing in at over 80kgs (176lbs) turns to his Aunty & Uncle for help, and embarks on a journey where we witness the highs and lows, a family unite for a common cause, and the promise of transforming his life forever.

With 25% of children and 74% of adults obese or overweight, Liam’s problem is not uncommon, but, as the film illustrates, the treatment is more readily attainable than most people think.

This ground breaking documentary is interspersed with interviews and advice from leading health and wellbeing experts from around the globe and provides us with simple solutions to improve the quality of our diet, lifestyle, and personal bonds, ultimately asking us the fundamental question – are we really nourishing ourselves?

Featuring: Joe Cross (Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead), Dr. John Demartini (The Secret), Dr. Anthony Gollé, Dr. Arne Rubinstein and Don Tolman."

[qpp form="SharetheGreenfortheGreenDivas"]



MyFreeCopyright.com Registered & Protected
Contact Us link

don't miss a GD thing!

Get all the latest GD news . . .

  • Green Divas myEARTH360 Reports
  • Green Divas Foodie-Phile Recipes
  • Green Divas DIY Tutorials
  • Green Dude Stuff
  • . . .
  • your email is safe with us!