SERVANT’S ROOM. About 2/3 of the (I think) 1929 oak flooring had to be pulled up. It was heavily damaged.




LONG BEDROOM. Right in the middle of the east wall sat a radiator. This meant that a bed or dresser could not be placed along the wall. I moved the radiator to the NE corner, thus freeing up the long east wall. Two cast-iron pipes though stuck out of the floor. These have been vanquished and the flooring infilled.


Adjacent to the fireplace was non-original gas pipe sticking out from the floor. It, too, has been vanquished and the flooring infilled.


SEWING ROOM. The floor was damaged from, I am gonna guess, potted plants. But…ta-da!


And, I guess, more potted plants and another non-original gas line next to the fireplace. But…ta-da!


OCTAGON BEDROOM. A chronic roof leak damaged this flooring. The Other Justin to the rescue!




Another non-original gas pipe, now gone.


All the non-original gas pipes were added, I suspect, so gas heaters could supplement the radiator system. This would have been necessary as, over time, radiators cracked, radiator pipes burst, and so on.

Rather than address each such issue, new gas lines were added and, presumably, new gas heaters were installed in front of most of the eight fireplaces.

In the Long Bedroom, both radiators had long ago failed. So, the only heat source was, presumably, a new gas heater installed in front of the fireplace.

In the Octagon Bedroom, a huge radiator along the east wall had failed (due to a cracked pipe just under the flooring) and the single remaining low radiator in the octagon bay could not possibly have heated the room.

In the Round Bedroom, a new radiator was installed along the west wall to help keep the room warm. I removed this.

In addition, the clear-glass and stained-glass windows, in ever increasing desperate condition, would have freely allowed wind to blow into the house.

With all the windows now restored and sealed, and with all the burst radiator pipes replaced, and all the broken radiators replaced, the house should be heatable in the same manner it was in 1894.

It is…hoped.


ROUND BEDROOM. A chronic roof leak damaged the flooring in front of the fireplace.




A disused AC duct needed to be addressed.




Another disused AC duct.



More water damage from a chronic roof leak…ta-da!


STAIR HALL. I spent months and months rebuilding the floor framing to  accommodate an AC duct. All this was to avoid a dropped soffit in the entry hall. Oh, the horror. Well, this proved a CRAZY amount of work. You are looking north.


At last, at last, hallelujah at long last, I was able to install the sub-sub flooring. Note the double sub.


And then the sub-flooring.


And now? Ta-da!!!!!!!! This thrills me to an extraordinary degree. SQUEE!!!!!!!!


It will be a while before The Other Justin sands the flooring on the second level, and then stains and varnishes. But…already the house feels SO MUCH BETTER. Evidence of the house being damaged has been erased. Scar tissue has been erased.

Scar tissue has been erased.

These past few days, I have walked from room to room, a smile wide across my face, a distinct jauntiness to my step, and with my heart singing and soaring.





  1. Leigh on March 1, 2021 at 4:45 am

    Hallelujah! Looking so much better and improved footing! No more traipsing on missing floorboards! Hallelujah! Hurray to the Other Justin!

  2. Derek Walvoord on March 1, 2021 at 9:30 am

    There is nothing better than getting the floors finally patched! Congrats. Getting them stained and sealed – well that will be terrific. This is a lot of good work!

  3. Stewart McLean on March 1, 2021 at 12:32 pm

    I have been a professional furniture restorer and matching the color of new wood to the old was a big part of getting a really good finished job. If you are going to stain with a commercial premixed product, I would recommend that you start by recoloring the new wood after sanding. The best way that I have found to match the colors, is to pre-stain the new wood to match the old.

    After all sanding
    1. Wet the surface of the patched areas and the old wood around it by wiping on thinner.
    The old wood will be the color that you are looking to match.
    I have found that the best quality pigment comes in concentrated form in Tubes of Artists Oil pants. Buying one tube of Burnt Umber and one of Burnt Sienna gives you the main brown and reddish earth colors that make up most stains. It is applied by wetting a pad made of paper towel with thinner, putting a dab of burnt umber on the pad, and wiping it into the wood. You can adjust the stain by wiping on more or wipe out excess color as needed to achieve the color that the old flooring is when wet with thinner. A little dark beats a little light. Dredging the color into the wood and wiping it back to the right amount of color with a wet or dry towel may be necessary to get it deep enough into the grain. You can almost wash all of the color out with a towel that is really wet with thinner. You may tape off the old flooring at the perimeter of the new so the stain doesn’t darken it. While you are working, the end color will match what it looks like when wet after finish is applied. If your top stain uses the same type of thinner as a solvent. Then you can can put a thin coat of shellac on top of the patches so as not to remove the color that you are adjusting. You can also use the oil paints to add color in light spots if the solvent in thecommercial stain takes color out.
    I hope I am making sense. I just hate it when new wood in a floor is glaringly obvious when the floor is redone. It is likely that your floor finisher knows other techniques. I am trying to share my experience, not trying to one up the professional in situ.

  4. Fritz on March 1, 2021 at 2:03 pm

    I can’t explain it, but I have also found that whether I’m building new floor, or restoring a damaged floor, walking on it for the first time brings a unique kind of satisfaction. Enjoy Ross! Always a pleasure to see your progress.

  5. Sean on March 1, 2021 at 2:16 pm

    It really is a joy to have abused splintered floors put back together. I have had the pleasure of doing this on two houses and the thrill never gets old!

  6. Barb Sanford on March 1, 2021 at 4:57 pm

    The new floors look beautiful! So satisfying to see all the holes filled in.

  7. Mike on March 1, 2021 at 5:14 pm

    Nice Mike wants to know if your plan is to stain the entire second floor the same color, or are you going to do something different, like you did in the parlor and library? Nice Mike also says that he is very happy for you.
    Mean Mike wants to know how the %$#& you manage to rate not one, but TWO Justins to help you on your house, and he doesn’t get any?

    • Leigh on March 2, 2021 at 6:58 am

      Mean Mike, one’s name must be within the house’s name: the cROSS house, methinks.

  8. Laurie L Weber on March 1, 2021 at 6:07 pm

    Ta-da! Congrats – they are going to look awesome. And Thank You for introducing me to this group with the beautiful video. Being a musician at heart, I am in awe of them and their amazing talent. Will definitely get their music. Blessings. 🙂

  9. Linda A. on March 1, 2021 at 8:45 pm

    So much progress!!! I love it!! That Justin is a fast worker!
    Question. Will you just heavily paper the floors when the plaster work begins? And when is the plaster work starting? Now THAT is what I am most anxious and excited for!

  10. Pam on March 2, 2021 at 7:40 am

    TA-DA! Indeed! The outside skin has been mostly healed and now the inside skin is being put back together. The floors being healed makes me even happier than bits of plaster being put back. This post was SO satisfying to read. Bravo Justin and Ross.

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