Here are some pictures of what we have uncovered so far. We have removed walls that covered original paneling in the keeping room, and removed the layer of bricks that were applied over the surface of the original fireplace. Of course, the original keeping room fireplace and walls now look like a big mess! But rest assured, we do know what we are doing. Cleaned up and restored, all will be well again!
This look had to go!
It is obvious that this chimney was rebuilt, fooled with, and then some – old bricks were re-used to rebuild the stack.
We peeled away newly framed 2 x 4 and sheetrock walls in the keeping room to reveal original boards beneath – even the door was still in place!
The wall with the horizontal beaded boards have that awful kitchen window in it – but you can see where two twelve over twelves once sat. We may remove this wall altogether (between the two posts) and continue the lean-to across the back of the house for a kitchen. Then this whole space would be ample for a kitchen/dining area or kitchen/family room.
One of the amazing finds in this house is that it has almost all of its original wide pine flooring. We have peeled away layers (x 10!) to uncover them, but they are mostly in tact. Some, unfortunately, have been sanded and varnished, but some are untouched and dry as a bone. How about the colors in this room?!
and then there’s this amazing paneled wall in here…
There’s more – but will save for the next post. I’ll leave you with this – under the front stair (there was a suspicious opening) I found a name written on the stringer – it looks like “Grant” to me – can’t make out the first name (Asa?). Could be one of the Grants noted for their wonderful CT Valley Doorways. Have some research to do…