The Cross House
When Bob Rodak owned the Cross House, from 1999 to 2014, he rewired it.
Well, that is not really accurate. For, Bob super duper atomic rewired.
I mean, if a normal rewiring job would have taken a mile of wire, Bob put in three miles of new wiring.
This was because Bob wanted a high-tech old house. He wanted every light fixture and every outlet controlled by a computer. So, even if he was in France, he could turn off the lights in the parlor. Or start the coffee maker.
Today though, it would be easy to do this with wireless technology. Thus, Bob’s high-tech was almost instantly outmoded.
In working on the house, I quickly discovered problems with all the super duper atomic wiring. Scary problems which could cause a fire. And there were other issues which were just, well, weird. Like, if I clicked on the lightswitch in the hexagon bedroom bath, the overhead light in the sewing room turned on. This is because Bob’s wiring is incredibly complicated. There is SO much wiring and it all had to be done just so for the whole thing to work. Whenever I open a electrical box I gasp at how much wiring is stuffed into it. I get frightened, too.
Soon after buying the house it became apparent that, even though the house had been fully rewired, I would need to tear all of this out and start over again. Sigh. But at least there are a lot of raceways and a zillion studs had been drilled through to install wires.
The holes in the ceiling do not freak me out. No, what freaks me out are the layers of wallpaper which have been…painted. This means that the ceiling has to be scraped. Every inch. With a small scraper. Ugh. A thousand ughs.
I see two options:
- Scrape the ceiling, repair the holes with plaster, repair the many many many cracks, and then paint. This will actually be really inexpensive, but will take me a TON of time. And time be something I ain’t got extra of.
- Hire a company who will sheetrock over the ceiling. INSTANT solution!!!!!!!! The cost will not be too bad, likely less than $500. A bonus is that the old plaster will remain in place so a later owner could remove the sheetrock and restore the plaster.
Tomorrow, I am meeting a sheetrock guy. I am eager for a quote.
This ceiling is my test ceiling. For, what I decide to do in the round bedroom will determine what I do in the rest of the house. And at the moment I am kinda 50/50 between options #1 and #2. But that whole time thing makes me think: #2.
But…we will see.
Anyway, the round bedroom was not on my priority list (the dining room was) but getting the Worst Wall fixed has inspired me to focus on it. In addition, there are three issues stopping me from moving into the house:
- I can’t heat and cool the house because it is still too porous. I have been slowly sealing up all the windows, and might have this task completed by the end of 2018. Then, the second floor ceilings all look like the round bedroom. Which means that any heat just vanishes. So, I need to do ALL the ceilings on the second floor.
- The round bedroom will be my main office. While I don’t need a finished bedroom or finished kitchen or finished dining room to move in I do need a finished office. I can’t be redoing my office while also working in it.
- I need a full bathroom. I don’t need a finished full bath but do need a full bath. Showers are gifts from God. And the huge Cross House currently ain’t got a shower anywhere.
So, the round bedroom…commences!