castle frostbite: (perennially) under renovation.

The Castle’s portcullis area is temporarily equipped with convection-style air conditioning:



The previous Lord of the Manor didn’t have the coin or inclination to fix the place up (or indeed have his laborers perform essential maintenance), so we’ve had to improve and fix the Castle piecemeal. We held off on the covered porch and entry area until this spring, at which time the corner of the porch had developed a visible list due to the log framework rotting away underneath.

Now the porch is gutted, the entryway had its floor removed, and the rotten logs at the bottom have been stripped. The log walls have been raised up with a bunch of ten-ton jacks. Castle Frostbite’s maintenance wizard will complete the gutting early next week and then start pouring concrete foundations so the remaining logs have something other to sit on than soil.

Oh, the joys of castle ownership! You know how they say a boat is a hole in the water that you pour money into? Well, a house is a lot like that, only it sits on the ground, and you use the bundles of cash to cover the roof and hold up the walls.


8 thoughts on “castle frostbite: (perennially) under renovation.

  1. FrankC says:

    Does the main part of Castle Frostbite have suitable foundations or is it all seated on rotting wood.

  2. Matt G says:

    We discovered that you can prop up a cracked slab foundation with piers made from stacks of $100 bills.

  3. Rob Moore says:


  4. LittleRed1 says:

    My sibling and spouse bought a house last year. Good news – the original builder and sole owner was the 1950s version of a prepper and the monster has steel beams hidden in the structure, solid concrete basement walls and foundation and other such sturdiness. Down side – he never finished the third floor and attic, so sib got to pay to have the top part insulated and wired and sheetrocked. Sib is doing the painting. And then they found out the problem with the gutters . . .

  5. Will says:

    Considering the roof, fence mounting, and this, not to mention the driveway and road, would you still buy the place if you had known ahead of time?

    • Marko Kloos says:

      Maybe. But we would have driven a harder bargain regarding the price. But then again–as my wife pointed out–if it had been in great condition, we wouldn’t have been able to afford it. We basically bought ten acres, with a fixer-upper thrown in.

  6. Windy Wilson says:

    How’s your home library of do-it-yourself construction books? There’s a time-life series from some 35 years ago which an acquaintance used to OJT teach himself framing carpentry and the various other trades, a Reader’s Digest book, and a series from Popular Mechanics from 60 years ago that my dad found useful. Those and a “Gee whiz, I haven’t a clue how to do this” attitude at the hardware store really help.

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