In order to restore a heritage house such as Twin Oaks you must be aware that a certain amount of craftsmanship is required to complete the job, an inept hand will not suffice. Rob has been in the carpentry industry for almost 20 years and his attention to detail is reflected in the quality of the work he produces.
As is apparent in the photos of the house most of the wood work on the exterior of the house needs to be fixed and as a non-carpenter I had no idea what this meant. Rob would go over with me the steps that would need to be taken while the new roof was being put on but honestly I did not understand what he was really saying.
As the job progressed I slowly learned the amount of work that was going into the restoration as well as the amount of time Rob would be dedicating to the home. I knew that this house would take a long time to restore but actually watching Rob do the work started to put it into prospective.
The front of house, which is not viewable from the street, takes the brunt of the weather. All the wind and rain we get here has taken its toll on the house and with a new roof, gutters and downspouts the wood work needed to addressed.
Rob removed the fish scales from around the damaged corner as well as removed the belt board , exposing the original boarding of the house.
I was not expecting Rob to be so thorough with the restoration but in order to properly restore the house you do have to take it back as far as you can in order to rebuild parts of the house.
It was fascinating to watch Rob work and see how he can recreate something originally built 120 years ago.
His ability to notch and cut the wood in such a precise manner pays off in the final product.
The work was not fast moving but the end results paid off.
Watching Rob work really made me excited for what was to come as we continue to restore the house.