Oh… the bathroom (BR). The “head”, the ivory throne, etc. The “icebox” if you live here.
I have about a 8x6 foot full bathroom (or so–it is small), a 22 foot long (but very narrow) kitchen, and under those two rooms a 4-foot high crawlspace that is the entire width of the house. All the plumbing is in the farthest corner away from the access point into the crawlspace.
Then, on the bathroom side and in “front” of the bathroom in the basement, there’s a 4foot high crawlspace that is larger than 9feet hx 14feet w. That crawlspace has two 9-feet deep 1880s old stone wells in its “floor” (in the original “yard”). Those wells were never capped, so they let in super duper cold air!! When I moved in here, I bought 1" thick full-sized plywood sheets to cover both of the side-by-side wells (plus cover the overlap wall between them and part of the “floor”). Then, I laid 4ml plastic and fiberglass insulation batts down on top of the plywood. It cuts down on maybe 60-80% of the draft.
As a little more explanation, the owners remodeled (1950s?) and added / changed where the kitchen, bathroom and dining room were. It used to be one big house, so one bathroom was only upstairs.
The wells were right outside of the old “kitchen” – that room is now a more “formal” dining room. The original fireplace facing into the formal dining room was blocked / closed on the formal dining room side, and changed to be open on the current dining room side and was converted to a gas fireplace (now decorative only). The front has an ornate iron covering, but if nudged even slightly, the cold air is horrendous– the flue must never have been closed completely. brrrrrrr! .
And, lastly, there’s an old abandoned coal mine under this house and backyard. When the gas company was fracking about 15 miles away, it set off an earthquake about 1 mile deep that went through the mine space and traveled from the bathroom corner (SW corner) diagonally through the house to the front corner (NE). No vibration-- just sounded like a massive semi-truck hit the house. Since then, the house is “bending” and dropping in the middle, right where the most ornate weight sits – a built-in floor to ceiling 4-shelf glass-door dish cabinet with a large open serving area and then 4 wide / deep linen drawers below that. Plus the fireplace and mantel on the opposite wall behind it. In the short hallway opposite and behind the built-in is another floor to ceiling linens cabinet with 4 tall / long shelves, with 4 wide / long drawers under it. It has full wood doors, no glass.
In the room beside the glass-door cabinet, the wall now has large cracks and the ceiling has cracked right-to-left, and front-to-back. Only in that room so far which is weird. There are double pocket doors there (and in 2 other doorways) which adds weight along those walls. The next room is cracked from floor to ceiling.
Methinks “the mansion” at about 137 years old now might not reach its 150th or maybe its 175th birthday . Frown.
Have I mentioned that I want to move…
By the way, wind chill outside is below zero. It’s 14F and it snowed again overnight with Great Lakes’ white-out squalls in southern towns of my State where we never get lake effect snow.