YOUR Old House Remodel Contest | Janice & Keith V.
In July 2014 we purchased an 1100 square foot 1890 New Englander that had significant interior water damage due to burst pipes. The elderly owner had moved out after many years of struggling with maintenance. We intended to flip the house. Once we stripped it down inside and out and began to rebuild to restore and honor the original appearance as possible, our family of three decided to live here ourselves. The house is post and beam, with many quirks. We removed 13 layers of alternating linoleum/plywood/newspapers from the floors (saving and framing samples of the earliest pieces of linoleum) to get down to the original subfloor, which was built on a frame of tree trunks. We discovered the bathroom was constructed entirely of cast-off green wooden road signs, still with the iridescent letters and arrows.
Our house about a year before we bought it, when "Grandmama's room" was still attached.
What's hiding under our bathroom ceiling.
The "rear" side of our house, with the open porch that replaced the closed-in "jumble" that used to be there.
The street view of our house. We removed all the vinyl siding and replaced it with pine clapboard, with a color scheme we felt was reflective of our town's history with the sea.
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