Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Back to the Future

I know I'm into before-and-after posts these days, but I can't help it. Now that this phase is complete - the foundation is finished - we are planning the next phases of the restoration of the LBH.

I have included these photos in previous posts, but it is useful to look at them all at once. As a true Victorian home restoration project, why not use the only historical photograph we possess in our plans? Next summer, once we've applied the tar to the perimeter of the foundation, on the outside of the pony wall, we plan to paint the house. Also, we need a new landing or small deck with stairs to access the front door of the house… Here's what it looked like when we bought the house in the summer of 2012.

LBH, Summer 2012

Here is the LBH now, with a new foundation and minus a deck/front stairs.
LBH, November 2013

Lastly, here is our only historical photo of the house. It was probably taken around 1919, sometime after the house was moved from its original location in Discovery, 7 km away. We suspect that 1919 is a probable year for the relocation, since we found vintage newspapers underneath the linoleum flooring in the bedroom, dating from October 1919. We like the original entrance to the LBH (what was the original colour of the house anyways?). Our contractor thinks it will be possible to reproduce this small deck and stairs. What do you think?
LBH, circa 1919?

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