|Bringing Back Holleywood||
Ninety bags of organic insulation were installed, with difficulty, in the floor of the attic, to keep heat from escaping through the roof. Before insulation went in, an original, non-working chimney was removed from attic floor, brick by brick, filling 30 buckets.
Egypt, Tunisia, the whole MIddle East is roiling. The price of oil is on the rise. I worry about the cost of heating a mammouth house and call the contractor, inquiring if the heat can be zoned. We have zoned heat in our farmhouse, which means you can turn heat on and off, depending on which room you're in.
You can't zone steam heat, is the disappointing answer. "But you can put adjusters on the radiators. You probably won't want to do that, though."
Why? I ask.
"Because they're ugly."
The radiators are ancient, magnificently scrolled iron works of art. But oil is predicted to go over $4. Our radiators might have be a little less handsome.
who we are
We are a couple of Upper West Siders from NYC who never set out to buy an old mansion in Connecticut. But the moment we walked through its massive front door, we were smitten. The info on this site is earnestly cobbled from a variety of sources, including the web. Please let us know if we've gotten something wrong, or if there's a story about Holleywood you'd like to share.