Now that we’ve saved it from the wrecking ball, we’re going to have to fix this old house. Where to begin? Just begin, from the ground up. Pick a room and start stripping everything that doesn’t belong. We started in the Beverly jog. What a delightful fireplace, what a great space, just off the keeping room. Breakfast nook? Anytime nook. I am daydreaming ahead! First we have to pull up the rug, the linoleum under that, debris, etc to get to the floor boards. The good news – they are all there! The bad? They’ll have to come up to see why they’re sagging (extremely) in the middle. Broken joists? Disengaged joists? Rotted sills? We expect all of it. No worries as to falling through, the dirt floor is probably just a foot below. (Now there’s a selling point!) Doesn’t bother us, we live with that now in three quarters of our house. But most buyers are not looking for that. What to do? We have a plan.
Oops – we didn’t find that leg under the debris – carpenter’s still working : ) which is why the room now looks like this, floor uncovered and fireplace open:
Some before pictures…
Oh my. This room felt small when we first walked in, the windows were deep and newly framed. Turned out the whole room had been firred out almost a foot to add insulation. Even the ceiling and floors were firred up and down. The good news, under the rug, firring strips, linoleum, tongue and groove flooring, more linoleum, etc. we found the original intact wide board flooring! They even framed over the coffin door area, with door in place. Terrible door, guess it was better to incorporate it than dispose of it. Now here’s what it looks like in there stripped.
Crooked chairrail of course, lower section of wall is canted out – hmmm, rotted sills and posts, you think? Of course. But still can’t get over finding the original flooring in tact. And – the chairrail has grooves on top and the framing has traces of guides for interior window shutters. How cool is that? And, we actually have one of them! And there’s an original cupboard to the right of the fireplace. Doors are missing of course, and trim, but the dark original color of the wood lining it is preserved under the neon wallpaper.
Some must be thinking we’re a little crazy. At this point in our lives, I should to – but instead I find that the discovery and possibilities still excite! Can’t wait to transform this little gem.
Nice work! Need more people like us to save these old one of a kind masterpieces! Awesome that the original floors are salvagable, unfortunately mine were not. Look forward to further updates!