From a 200 year old ruin to a workshop, a 3 year journey... #13: The last stones (we thought)

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Blog entry by Serradura posted 07-29-2013 12:37 PM 3539 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 12: Getting a roof on the workshop Part 13 of From a 200 year old ruin to a workshop, a 3 year journey... series Part 14: Doors and Windows »

The roof was on, time to get the “workshop to be” closed up to keep the rain and wind out.

Easier sad than done though, because we were still aiming on a authentic look. There used to be a door on the road side, not very practical, because this street is so narrow and safety reasons were also to take in consideration. First job was to fill that gab on the street side. We’ve decided to convert it in to a window, using old beams from the ruin itself.

At the same time we had to lead the drain from the gutters thru the inside and than out the wall again. Because of the narrow road it would have been to big to put it along the outside wall.

To be able to work in the evenings to we decided to get some lights in before moving on to doors and windows.

Before we could decide on how to go forward, we got some unexpected helping hands from family members. That our house happens to be a nice place to spend your holidays could have something to do with it.

The last bigger job was making the carport, so we did.

What we didn’t know at the time was, that a few months later a hurricane would pass our village and would lift up that whole carport including it’s concrete pillars and the rocks where it was mounted on.

Luckily we could repair everything and did not have to buy new materials for it. This time we put some steel brackets inside the concrete all the way down in to the ground.

Next time; Doors and windows of a different kind

-- Não só Serradura, Tomar, Portugal

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#1 posted 07-29-2013 01:27 PM

You are making wonderful progress with your restoration and with keeping it true to it’s original ‘period’ look with a few modern updates.

Into every life a little rain must fall, ...but it should never be followed by a hurricane. Happy to hear no one was injured and that you were able to salvage the materials.

Best Regards. – Grandpa Len.

Work Safely and have Fun.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#2 posted 07-29-2013 04:44 PM

Fantastic workspace. Looking forward to seeing projects roll out of it. :)

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#3 posted 07-29-2013 04:48 PM

Nice rock work on the outside of the window! I’m glad that you all were safe and the problem was a no money fix. I use hurricane clips as that extra precaution here in Minnesota. LOL!

Your first piece of woodwork should have a stone inlay! :<)

Wondered how you were doing. Thanks for sharing your journey.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 07-29-2013 06:12 PM

Wonderful work on your shop and the carport. It is much fun watching it all come together. I’m glad for you that there wasn’t major damage from the hurricane.

I had a rather nice and expensive cabin built in the mountains near where I live. The walls were up and the roof on waiting for the windows and doors when we had our version of a hurricane (orkan) one night. We drove up to see if there was any damage the following day and the roof, a rather large and heavy affair, had blown about 50 meters away and the rest of it had moved about a meter on the foundations. The whole thing had to be torn down and rebuilt with hidden steel reinforcement plates just about everywhere. Luckily the builders insurance covered all the extra cost.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 07-29-2013 07:45 PM

Coming long nicely. And you must have some REALLY narrow streets if you were worried about somebody hitting a drain pipe! If they’d hit that pipe, then I’d worry about someone coming thru the wall!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#6 posted 07-29-2013 08:18 PM

@ joein10asee; Yes, the street is that narrow…. it wasn’t made 700 years ago for cars or trucks… Luckily the walls are 70 cm. thick!

@ stefang; We are on top of a hill… nice views to all directions in to the valley(s).... but there’s always a downside, when there is a storm, we are always at the wrong place.

-- Não só Serradura, Tomar, Portugal

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#7 posted 07-29-2013 11:16 PM

very good progress.sorry to hear the hurricane took your carport off,but glad you were able to save’ve come a long way on it.keep us posted and thanks for sharing…...

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#8 posted 07-29-2013 11:51 PM

Beautiful. Since I was born in France, I love old stone buildings. I always lament to my wife that here in the us, we have fake houses because they are made of wood and drywall.. This old building is the real deal and it is a wonderful thing that you guys are restoring it.

-- Yves

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Drew - Rock-n H Woodshop

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#9 posted 07-30-2013 02:33 PM

Great progress, I am going to be super envious when you have it completed. I especially like the pergola type touches on your carport overhangs. Tough break about the hurricane winds though. It’s testing that craftsmanship of yours, putting it to the test. I say you passed with flying colors. Great job on the upcoming shop.

-- Drew -- "I cut it twice and it's still too short!"- Rock-n H Woodshop - Moore, OK

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