One of the quirks we discovered was how our house reacts to humidity. I thought I knew something about humidity when we lived on the west coast but I really had no idea. That first summer living on the east coast was a shocker. The temperatures soared and the air closed in and all of the sudden I felt like I couldn't breath. Not only was my body responding to the different weather, our house was reacting similarly. All that dry woodwork just sucks up the moisture like a sponge and it expands. If space isn't left for expansion when woodwork is installed it can be problematic. We discovered this when our lovely new painted wainscot in the piano room started to buckle right off the wall. The fresh paint cracked and the boards warped.
|One of the first things people notice in this house is how much woodwork there is|
|The wainscot was actually sheets of wood glued to the wall.|
|Starting over from scratch|