Houses of 100 years ago were built with plaster and lathe board. Eventually plaster, ‘ wet walls’ were replaced with Dry Wall. During the demo of the 1610 home, literally tons of plaster and lathe are removed from the home. The plaster is worthless- even as back fill- it’s basically like sand once it breaks down. 99.99999999% of people would say the same about the lathe board. Though some might grind it into saw dust for animal bedding or others might use it for kindling. Most however send it to a land-fill. We however, we chose the path less taken. We decided to take the very arduous task of turning the lath into laminated lumber. Despite the exhaustive work, we are quite happy with the results and hope you are too!
Once the lathe is removed, it’s piled high in the garage:
Painstakenly each nail is pounded out of the lathe:
Once planed, the lathe is glued into 6 inch wide, 9 ft long planks.
Then the planks are planed once again.
And after a final pass through the electric planer, we have the final product:
And somehow after many hours of manual labor, and electricity generated from the sun,
Conjuring memories of the works of Gordon Matta-Clark, 1610 is looking very light these days. No-worries though, no intention of ‘creating by destroying’, we’ll reuse as much of the old brick as possible once the new foundation walls are poured.
Artur, one of the ACT developer/builders crew begins the process of taking down the west wall. The brick will be re-used in the new brick wall and in filling in gaps of the existing walls after the windows are added.