Monday, October 26, 2009

At Last the Presentation of This Old house

Several weeks ago I said I would be back with a new photo of the house. It has been a long time coming with all of the rebuilding and painting of details. The front and west sides of the house are now about 98% complete and the scafolding has finally been removed until next season! I can begin a landscape plan and go to work in that department next. This is the fun part for me! I hope we have enough warm autumn days left to begin this task.
This is what the house looked like when we purchased it in 2007. It doesn't look too bad until you get up close. The poor thing is almost completely white! So many of the details just fade into a sea of white. At some point early in the life of this house, it was painted in similar colors to what we have done today. I do admit that we have added more accent colors to bring out the details more than what had been done in the past but they just don't build houses like this anymore. It was time to celebrate the architecture and bring the eye to the details!This is what the front looked like in the spring of 2008 in mid restoration. We worked, the contractors worked, the sub contractors worked and at times there were 12 sets of hands working inside and out. Keep in mind that there are only 3 main contractors and 3 of our family members working throughout the entire project. If you start at the top and work your way down, these are some of the things that were repaired:
3rd story windows were tacked up so those were repaired and now work properly
3rd story windows were missing/rotted and replaced
Rotted trim was replaced like the original and had to be milled on site. Can't pick that up at Lowe's or Home Depot!
electricity running on exterior of house was moved/replaced to inside walls. Keep in mind that some of the original wiring was still in use and the house had amazingly not caughton fire!
Walls were insulated where possible.
Shingles were deteriorated and removed. New shingles that had to be cut to the same 5 inch width were attached to replace the old.
New balcony floor added so it no longer leaks and slate tile will go down on it next season.
Paint was stripped down to the bare wood or old lap siding removed and turned over.
Porch roof was removed and the metal patches were repaired properly
Porch roof was shored up and jacked up to prevent further sagging.
Section of porch front were removed because of rot and replaced.
Brick supports were removed and rebuilt with brick that is historically more correct.
Plastic lattice was removed. Plastic just doesn't belong on this house!
New flashing and shingles were replaced on the porch roof
Porch ceiling replaced
mish mash of wood that was surrounding the ceiling was removed and new wood milled like the original
Porch floor was repaired, replaced and refinished
Front door stripped but needs to be refinished
Stripped many layers of paint and it took forevah! Primed and painted and painted and painted!

Now for the fun part of decorating the porch! It's an outdoor room of about 660 square feet. Excuse me while I go work on the landscape and contemplate decorating! Thanks for stopping by.
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6 comments:

Gina said...

Wow, this has turned out to be so beautiful. I remember when you first posted pictures, what a change! It is GORGEOUS!

Karen from PA said...

Your home is so beautiful! The colors you chose really bring out the details. Have fun decorating!!

Rose said...

Paula, the house is just beautiful! How is the Historical Registry going?

Scrubbybubbles(sue) said...

WOW!!! this is awesome!!! How wonderful paula! congratulations!

Angella D. Crockett said...

Wow, it's so beautiful!!!! Thanks for sharing your photos!!:)

Heidi said...

Paula this house is magnificent. I always dream of these homes and if I lived in your area I would definately say to my husband while driving by, "I want to stop and go inside that house" He always hears me say that about those old houses.

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