Baby steppin’. And a message from Bat Girl.

The S-curve in the south hall ceiling has been lathed!


And a plaster scratch coat applied!


The S-curve is vital as it elegantly assures that the lower dropped ceiling (for the AC trunk line) would not…oh, the horror…crash into the door trim and transom window.


In the library, two holes in the ceiling have been filled in. The hole to the left was for a never-installed ceiling fan, and the adjacent hole was for one of the pendant light (which I relocated to the north). 


Another ceiling fan hole was also filled (far right). The pendant light is the one I relocated.


The west wall has required some work. The entire vertical corner to the left of the mantel was redone in 2014. It needed to be redone again, indicating…fuck! fuck!…that the chimney mass is still settling after 126 years. 


Bat Girl (by my friend Suzi) says hello. 




  1. Nora on September 18, 2022 at 8:39 pm

    The s-curve is great and loving the bat girl! 🙂

  2. glenn on September 18, 2022 at 8:55 pm

    What kind of foundation is under the chimney? A lot of times it’s just bricks, and , well, they rot in the ground.

    • Ross on September 18, 2022 at 9:17 pm

      I’ve no idea, Glenn.

      The north chimney has settled 2.5 inches. Yikes. I don’t know if this is continuing.

      I only just realized that the south chimney (pictured above) is also moving.

      The east chimney is…I think…stable.

    • Leigh on September 18, 2022 at 9:56 pm

      The S-curve is an elegant solution to the airconditioning ducting. Brilliant design!

  3. Cindy Belanger on September 18, 2022 at 9:24 pm

    These projects bring you closer to getting the house done, it’s coming along nicely. Except for, damn, that south chimney. I hate having to do projects a second time. Hopefully you can stabilize it.

  4. Barb Sanford on September 18, 2022 at 9:51 pm

    Love seeing all the Baby Steps(TM)! You’re making progress all over the place over there.

    Are you familiar with Koch Construction Specialties? There home base is just down the road from you in Cottonwood Falls. They post some of their work on Facebook, and it’s astonishing what they can do with restoring masonry. I know that masonry and brickwork aren’t the same, but they might have some good insights on your chimney.

    It’s worth a look at their Facebook page just to see the beautiful work they do. True craftsmen.

  5. Michelle on September 18, 2022 at 9:55 pm

    Ohhhhh please check out fine paints of Europe. They have such phenomenal paints in supermen high gloss. What an impact statement you could make in this room. Or on that s curve of plaster. I adore the cross house and thank you for sharing all these years. I’ve been following since 2017. I just adore the outcome so far. But please check out their gallery. So much inspiration of high gloss shiny amazing ness.

  6. Kate R on September 18, 2022 at 10:10 pm

    I know nothing about home restoration but the Cross House is super interesting!

  7. mlaiuppa on September 19, 2022 at 2:55 pm

    After all this time the chimney’s shouldn’t be settling any more unless there is a problem. Might be worth a look if you can get to the foundations. Better to fix it now when the problem is small than later when it is bigger, more difficult and a lot more expensive.

    The curve is going to be lovely when finished. Can’t wait to see what you do with it.

    And the library is coming along very nicely. The fireplace now stands out. The complementary paint job to the parlor is really going to be lovely in the Library.

  8. Sandra D Lee on September 19, 2022 at 8:28 pm

    The progress is astonishing!!

    Your Baby Steps method is genius!

    Bravo Ross!

    • Ross on September 20, 2022 at 12:43 am

      Oh, Sandra! You sweet talker, you!

      • Sandra D Lee on September 22, 2022 at 9:30 pm

        Hahahahaha! Ross you are such a wit:-)

  9. David F. on September 20, 2022 at 8:07 pm

    Unfortunately, you’ll probably have to keep repairing that spot. Weather changes (dry vs. wet) keeps old houses moving all the time. Can you leave some sort of expansion joint in the corner where the chimney meets the wall so the plaster doesn’t wrap around the inside corner? Don’t know if it would work, but might be worth a try.

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