Metter, GA 30439
This Old House is
The Parrish daughter at the
Back of her old house in 2010
First stages of de-construction March 2012
We are moving Forward!
After 1.5 years of indecision, a month of "nail biting" suspense as we made sure that the house would be able to stand for another 100 years, then 3 months of making a firm foundation - Seeing these new, straight, solid joists is a cause for celebration!
Parrish Family 1979
Big Mama and Big Daddy's 50th Anniversary
This is the back entry way.
Wow, is this the same old house?-->
June 26: The back of the house is framed
and we have power for the nailers.
That's alot of work done in just a few weeks !
So much to do - so little time
Now that the new construction is nearly buttoned up, it is time to move into restoration mode.
There's never a dull moment with
THIS OLD HOUSE!
This Old House ... Then...
The old kitchen had a drop ceiling, a fireplace that had been lifted off its base during a tornado, and lots of termite damage.
The old chimney was replaced with this new window frame. And the termite damage was replaced with these new studs.
14x25 Main Living Room
This addition that was built onto the original living room needs lots of replacing and repairing from termite damage and from the house being out of level.
Can you picture an antique woodburning stove on the right hand wall by the ladder?
This is a double fireplace with exposure in the living room and in the master bedroom.
I climbed up the chimney and found that it was surrounded with a beautiful 100 year old wooden box. Up above I discovered another treasure - a LOFT!
I moved this wall over and rebuilt it in the place where the original living room ended. It runs perpendicular to the fireplace shown above.
Now that I have ripped down this "addition gone wrong" (shown above right), the main living room (back right of picture) once agains opens to the wrap around porch. It looks like a great screened in porch to me. -->
Living Room/Dining Room Wall
I rebuilt the wall between the main living room and what was the old dining room.
Big Mama and Big Daddy celebrate their 50th anniversary in 1979 in the old dining room. The door behind them will lead into what will be our living room.
July 20, 2012
Phase 1 Construction complete!
Every exterior and interior wall is now studded in.
This Old House ...THENThis is the back of the house in the late 1970's.
First stages of construction June 2012
This will be our new bedroom/bathroom
First wall of This Old House -->New
With each step forward, I feel a kinship with those who first built this house. I look forward to the day that our family will build memories like those cherished by the Parrish family, made over the past 100 years.
The entry way will connect to a bathroom.
The bathroom connects to a bedroom to the right of the bathroom and entry way.
Now that the OSB is covering the walls, I can't wait to move in!
This Old House ... Now...
After removing the drop ceiling, we were thrilled to find the orignal 10 ft ceiling still in perfect shape. Right now, the view and the breeze are great, but come January, the walls will be appreciated. We began ripping out and replacing wall boards piece by piece as needed.
We had to replace most of the floor and wall boards on the South side, but we were able to keep some of the original supports on the front of the room. This will be our new living room.
If you get bored with one job... there are plenty more somewhere else.
As the floor joists and the support pillars are replaced, this room begins to look like the spacious guest living room it will become.
Wonder what it would look like if we tore out the panneling to expose the fireplace in the livingroom?
I went into the hallway and ripped off some panneling to discover this loft runs the whole side of the house and has an amazing view of the old wooden rafters that soar far above the 10 foot ceilings of the origianl house. Picture the beauty of an old barn - minus the animals and manure. Unfortunately, the loft is only 5ft at its highest point. What kid wouldn't want a bedroom up here?! Just like "Little House on the Prairie!"
<-- This view was taken from the front of this original porch.
The original wall was open for a great room affect between the dining room and living room. Since we will be sharing the house, we wanted to have a closeable door
This old dining room will be the new kitchen. The windows overlook the lake. It will be the dividing point between our side and the guest's. You can see the light coming in from the doorway that is behind Big Mama and Big Daddy in the picture to the left.