Luther and Sarah Hayman built the house at 608 Randolph beginning in 1889. In the stairwell from the grand entry to the second level a geometric style, a diamond and elongated hexagon pattern, leaded glass window was installed most likely during the building of the home. When Lauren Ackerman purchased the home and began her … More Hayman Leaded Glass Window Installed
Since this house style is a Gothic Revival it would have been common to have a decorative bargeboard, also called vergeboards, which hang from the projecting end of a roof and are often ornamented. This house didn’t have that feature or so that appeared to be the case. But if you looked closely, even from the … More The Decorative Bargeboard
We have been making progress and will soon be ready for our framing inspection. The lath and plaster has been removed and new rooms created. Much of the existing framing wasn’t up to today’s standards so we had to add framing to many of the exterior and interior walls that we didn’t change. It has … More New Rear Addition Framing
One day I was reading Lulu Hayman’s obituary. Often an obituary is a great source of information. Lulu died at the age of 96 in 1977. She was a native of Sacramento (she was adopted by Luther and Sarah Hayman). She went to school in Napa and was a member of the first graduation class of … More Lunch with Marion Ault
When we started removing the plaster, and in some places sheet rock that covered the plaster, we found layers of wallpaper. It seems they just put one layer on top of the next. The last layer in many cases was just painted over. Many of the papers had borders and some had metallic highlights. The most … More Layers of Wallpaper
The day has finally arrived and this old house is being set down on its new foundation. Phil Joy and his crew arrived and started installing the hydraulic jacks under the beams as they removed the cribbing. The jacks were then connected to the control panel on the truck. These jacks will work together to slowly and … More This Old House Meets New Foundation!
It has taken several weeks but we have finished the foundation to the point now that the house can be lowered onto it. There will be some work that needs to be done to tie it all together and fix some more dry rot but the major part is complete. After we removed the back … More A New Foundation