The house was built as a two bedroom and enjoyed a double
sized lot, though it was built mysteriously close to the edge of one side. This
allowed half the parcel to be sold and developed in the 1970’s, though the garage had to be cut in half and repositioned
to accommodate the new neighboring house (hidden by the tree-trunk to the left). A
one-story addition was added in the early 1980’s to the house.
When we bought the house in 1998, all the originally varnished
interior woodwork had been painted white (including windows, trim, doors, railings, the stair treads and parts of the floor).
There was wall-to-wall carpet installed over the floors, which in addition to the paint also had significant termite damage. Paneling had been installed in the dining room by hacking off all the corner details
of the moldings and nailing up furring strips over the plaster walls… and then, you guessed it, painted white.
Since we bought the property, but prior to building the addition, we
have done the following:
- Removed the paneling
- Stripped, repaired
and refinished the hardwood floors
- Put a new roof
on the house and garage
- Installed a cedar
picket fence around the yard
stripped, re-stained reglazed and weather-stripped all the original windows.
- Stripped and
re-stained all interior woodwork.
- Remodeled the
However… with two kids and a dog… we were out
of room in our two bedroom house.
It was time to add more space.