She has good bones

The house, well – what can I say we decided to keep a family home in the family and so we purchased it. This house was built by my husband’s family; actually the husband’s family built many homes in this area and even started a local bank.

Now, let’s get to the real deal about this house.

There are many times we ask ourselves “what were they thinking?” We shake our heads in disbelief and just deal with the issues that have been presented. I am still dealing with the issue of the kitchen floor, the kitchen in general, and found hope in some of the other rehab blogs in getting motivated to finish dealing with that damn floor/kitchen.

Back to the house, this 63 year old house is one very stripped out, no bells no whistles bungalow. There is no beautiful woodwork, no arts and craft nothing, no built in cabinet anywhere, no window seat, no beautiful craftsmanship of any kind anywhere in or about this house internally or externally. Hell we are still trying to figure out what material was used as “drywall” in the upstairs dormer. Not even our Contractor knows what this stuff is except he has never seen it in a house.

So the whole concept of “wow a family home built by family builders must be so cool” has just been trashed. This puppy was slapped up my friends and to really drive this point home they used scrap pieces parts of other builds’ to make it.

The dream is to give her the bells and whistles she deserves with her own identity. She should stand out, be an example of what could be – with just a little imagination, patience and money.

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3 Responses to “She has good bones”


  1. 1 stuccohouse January 11, 2009 at 5:12 PM

    You house would probably be considered more cape cod revival than bungalow which may make you feel better about lack of craftsman detail. The side facing gables, small eaves, center chimney all point toward cape cod 🙂 Of course, I love restoration of old houses, so the fact that yours was made by family friends and using parts salvaged from other house is VERY cool in my book! Cute house…love the porch.

  2. 2 Michele January 11, 2009 at 6:43 PM

    Stucco,

    I’m glad you think the pieces parts is so cool. We have and found some very cool hardware here for the doors that we know are not time period correct which is one of the things I want to keep as doors are replaced. Believe it or they are cheap hollow doors and not solid wood like the front door and side door.

    A Cape, never thought about the house being a Cape. The porch is not original to the house and was added 1957 or 1958. We have big plans for that porch.

    Restoring her, I wouldn’t say that due to huge design flaws like no eat in kitchen and no dinning room. The main floor is just under 500 sq ft and had 5 rooms stuffed into it. A box with many little boxes.

    I will be talking about the redesign of this house showing photo’s very soon.


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