Saturday, April 23, 2011



But what we are doing relates to it in some way.   We are on a project to restore Emily’s house.  When we bought it we knew it had good bones and had been partially restored.   One of the major projects is changing of the bathroom tub and shower surround.

There is a lot of poor fitting crown molding and baseboards, some are non existent.  The paint it patchy in places and several shades of white on the ceiling.   The house was built in 1900, I want to go to the county seat and see who has owned the property before us, who built the house and I would love to see what it looked like before or possibly a floor plan.

I researched on the 1910 Sanborn Maps and it had a wrap around porch at that time.   When we had the windows replaced the installer removed the old frames.   The wood and some of the doors are a reddish brown.   The wood is hard a and defiantly not oak, could it be chestnut?    With it being built in 1900 this was pre chestnut blight which started in 1904 and killed most of the chestnut trees in the United States.   I have been reading that about twenty five percent of the trees were chestnut and it was used extensively.   There is a movement of reclaiming the old wood and recycling it in todays homes.   AMERICAN CHESTNUT and CHESTNUT WOOD GRAIN 

I have to read more on this topic.

1 comment:

  1. Since I live in a 1906 Cottage Farm house, I think this is very special. This house was tired, no one had truly loved it for along time. So we really had our hands, and hearts full. Love this post, mary