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  • Mansard Roof – Part 2
    Be sure to check out Part 1, which covers the history and planning for the mansard roof. This post covers the rebuilding of the original architectural inlaid gutters that wrap the house at the lower cornice. Introduction Proper water management is critical for any building. Back in the 1990s, the original built-in gutters were covered, and k-style […]
  • Mansard Roof – Part 1
    Two years in the making, this summer, we embark on the biggest project the house has seen this century, restoring the mansard roof. Introduction When we first set eyes on the house in 2019, we knew the roof would need some work. The extant of work would take time to unravel. In this post, we […]
  • 2021 Progress Report
    This year has been the most transformative in terms of turning a house used as a B&B for decades back into its original intended purpose, a family home. Family Room A full write-up of our renovation of the family room is here. This year, a major undertaking was renovating this 1980s addition, which served as […]
  • Restoring the Library – Part 3
    Be sure to check out Part 1 and Part 2 of the library restoration. The restoration of the library continues with a focus on refinishing the floor and recreating the doorway to the Men’s parlor. Flooring The floor was quite literally a jigsaw puzzle for such a compact room. We were fortunate enough to get […]
  • Family Room
    Our largest interior project we have taken on yet. The family room was added in the 1980s and is around 900 square feet. It was used as the reception and breakfast space for the B&B. As a result, it was by far the most in need of a refreshing. Since it’s our primary living room, […]
  • 2020 Progress Report
    We are excited about the momentum we have after our first year of working on the home. It has been a big year for our family. We moved from Florida to Missouri and soon welcomed our son into the world. With all of this change, we were able to kick off important projects for this […]
  • Restoring the Library – Part 2
    Be sure to check out part 1 of the library restoration. The library has seen significant progress since removing the second kitchen this summer. Here is where we left off for reference: The first order of business, remove the layers of flooring, and expose the original wood: The original wood underneath is in much better condition than […]
  • Restoring the Library – Part 1
    When a house is used as a bed and breakfast for several decades, there are many remnants left behind. One such remnant is the second kitchen used for guest meals. We knew this space deserved more and decided it was the ideal candidate for the first room to undergo a full restoration. The appliances and […]
  • Let there be light!
    We heard it had been a long time since the front lamp shined bright, and now it shines again! We discovered that a portion of the electricity to the front of the house was cut (likely many years ago). It wasn’t until removing drywall in the basement that we came across the old junction box […]