The Cross House
This got me to thinking.
The original floor was ABOVE the oak/pine flooring, but was removed at some point.
And I now think that the original porch flooring was the pine. This was roughly removed, it appears, and bits and pieces of it fell down to the ceiling below. Most of it though was re-used as a subfloor for the new oak flooring.
In 1894, the pine would have been installed tight, and because of the built-in slope, would have funneled water to the drain in the SE corner (extant). The floor was painted (gray) as additional waterproofing.
Even though I now think that the original floor was T&G strips of pine, painted, I am OK with the plywood floor for now. Later, I can remove it, and install a T&G floor. I worry though about how to keep such a floor waterproof. Over time the pine will move and shrink, and this will create water damage down the road. I am loath for create such a situation, so might leave the plywood. With the plywood painted, and covered with an outdoor rug (sisal?) and with some period-correct porch furnishings, the floor will barely be visible in any event.
This is all rather vexing, preservation-wise:
- I am all for preservation.
- But how does one preserve something which is lost?
- Guessing always makes me nervous.
- In such an event, I default to making an OBVIOUS update.
- But…but, I am now 97% certain that the pine flooring WAS the original porch floor, although relocated and re-used in a new configuration.
- The original flooring was way too damaged to re-use.
- But I could have it matched.
- Even though this would likely cause damage to the house later.
- My solution is reversible.
- But I like the solution.
- My head now hurts.
- Time for some wine.