Judith Browning wrote:We are finally caught up enough to start thinking about painting our house....it has nice pine siding from when it was built in 1950 and also quite a bit of the original paint with another coat on top. All badly chipped and flaking but still some of both adhering solid to the wood. I've looked into milk paint and it sounds as though it won't work over the old paint. It sounds like some low VOC paints might work although I'd like to keep searching and paint it with something that won't add to the toxic ring around the house already there from lead paint likely falling off for years.
We are scraping by hand so far...have access to a pressure washer but some say that won't work that well to remove paint. We are assuming the original paint has lead and likely the second coat also, so we are treating it as so and will probably get a test kit soon.
I would prefer bare wood, but the paint that is stuck is really stuck...not going to come off without a fight.
Is there a non toxic sealer or oil that we could just use to preserve the bare wood and could go over the painted bits too, maybe stained so that it would blend in with the parts that still have paint? We want it too look nice and also not add any toxicity to the environment...so a solid paint is still preferred....
ideas? even crazy ones?
Any covered space is a premium especially for that hot tub I see in one picture. Also, it works as firewood storage and the light probably was welcomed instead of a covered porch as you stated that had been there. You can grow fish and some plants possibly in this space too. Beer/wine/cheese production? I would wait for awhile as others have suggested before making the decision to remove it because it could become one of your most favorite spots that is almost outdoors and relatively bug free and the atmosphere can be a moderating influence on your whole house. I have a full 2 storey garage on the back of my 1889 home and it helps considerably in the winter to protect us from the north winds that howl here in Minnesota.
T Holden wrote:We just bought a property and the house has this amazing solarium. Only, it's completely shaded 100% of the time and it cannot be moved to any other side. Before we tear it down (and donate it to a friend who has a great little farm), dream up some ideas for me. If it were yours, how would you use it?
Cindy Mathieu wrote:
This is the grand slam plan where money is not an object.
If this is the case, I would recommend a new, purpose-built structure. Maybe, you could still keep the fish tanks in the barn, but put the grow beds out (in another structure) on the south side rather than upstairs.
By putting your growbeds upstairs, you are necessarily making the situation less sustainable because the pumps will have to work hard to get the water up there...you will have to have bigger pumps requiring more electricity.
Look into F-clean products for the walls of your greenhouse.
Murray Hallam has created a plan for an aquaponics system which has enough growbeds for a family of 4. It is called Indy23.