When the first owners of the property on, what we call, Daisy Hill built their house they had no indoor plumbing. That was common for rural farmland homes, especially in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Over the years the house had a number of additions and eventually inside plumbing was installed. Yet, the Old Two Hole’r remained out back of the house, decaying with the passing years. The original family had dug and created two side-by-side pits for the Two Hole’r. They gave the pits concrete walls. Looking at the construction its obvious that one was dug and walls poured sometime before the other. The second pit allowed the Two Hole’r to be slid over to it when the first pit became full.
Now, as a novelty the Old Two Hole’r is being refurbished. It’s not intended for regular use. A new 1 1/2 inch thick floor and 2 x 4 wall framing was constructed. Wall sheathing of 3/4 inch plywood give it strength to last another hundred years. The roof was refurbished with 2 x 4 trusses and 5/8 inch OSB roof panels. The refurbished Old Two Hole’r has become a two room structure. One side for the guys and one side for the ladies. After the basic structure was refurbished the entire structure was covered with tarred felt paper to help seal it from the elements. The original siding wood is now being put back on so that the Old Two Hole’r maintains the time weathered appearance it acquired in it long, long existence. Now that it became nearly double in size, and because some of the original boards were rotted beyond use, we’re searching for some additional weathered barn wood to complete the refurbishment.
The original roof shingles had probably been on the Old Two Hole’r since it was originally built and were totally worn out. Moss covered virtually every square inch of the roof. New shingles will help to make it last for a very long time.
Starting to re-apply the original weathered siding boards
Old Two Hole’r UPDATE (8-27-14)
A second round of effort on the Old Two Hole’r has brought the exterior to the point of near completion. The only thing left to accomplish is the installation of shingles on the roof. For the shingles there will be a mixture of different types and colors to further the rustic look that we’re trying to achieve. Below are several photos of progress from the second round of work. The old farm house windowed doors were covered, first with tar paper, then with old barn wood. All of the exterior walls, overhangs and fascia were covered with old wood. A plastic barrel is mounted on a pedestal at the rear and will hold water for a sink and flush toilet on the women’s side. The owner wants to have the men’s side more like an old time outhouse and therefore no running water.
The next round of work will finish the interior walls, any plumbing and venting, possibly some form of interior lights.