The finish of the hard wood floors is being worn off after years of use. In order to preserve the floors, we must sand off the remaining finish and refinish the floors. We intend to use eco-friendly products throughout the project as much as possible. We intend to do much labor for the restorations ourselves to save money. We have several volunteers with some experience with building and renovating houses helping with these projects.
The plaster is cracking in places and portions of it are missing on the top floor exposing the roof boards. It is necessary to fill cracks and holes with plaster to prevent further damage and to create a smooth surface for painting. We intend to do this work ourselves.
The paint is peeling in places inside and outside of the house. This in particular presents a health concern because the old house is painted with lead paint. Chipping lead paint inside (or outside) the house is dangerous for the health of people who inhale the dust of chip or for children who eat the sweet-tasting lead paint. To make the inside of the house safe, we intend to scrape and sand chipping lead paint and to cover the entire interior with a fresh coat of paint. Once covered with an exterior coat, the lead paint will present no great risk. To safely remove lead paint we will need to purchase respirator masks, special, disposable coveralls, thick bags for removing the lead paint chips, and other tools. The outside of the house must be treated similarly to remove potentially dangerous lead paint and to create a smooth surface for painting.
Painting the house inside and out will not only improve the appearance of the property, it will also help safely encapsulate the toxic lead paint. We plan to paint the house with eco-friendly (no-VOC) paints and to use historic colors from Colonial Williamsburg for an authentic historical look to enhance the beautiful Colonial style architecture. We will need to prime and paint all the surfaces of the house which we intend to do ourselves. We are selecting colors for the project based upon Vaastu Shastra to help increase the flow of positive energy through the space and to help mitigate the effects of minor Vaastu Doashas in the layout of the buildings. We intend to share more about the choice of colors in Vaastu here soon.
What we need from You
We need donations now so that we can start work on the renovations at the end of January so Swamiji can move to the house in early March when his current lease ends. Donations will help us to buy paint, brushes, floor finish, plaster, and other needed tools and equipment. We need volunteers (ideally with experience doing this work) to help with the the work. Please donate here. Or contact firstname.lastname@example.org to offer your help.