Metter, GA 30439
When they built This Old House in the 1880's, they weren't concerned about placing the studs in a standardize way to easily hold modern day insulation. So we had to add boards between every stud.
The beadboard was already removed from this small bedroom, so we ran the insulation and wiring from inside.
This small hole is where one of the original fireplaces was in one of the bedrooms. Unfortunately, we had to tear down this fireplace because it was no longer tied to the house and the remaining hearth and small piece of chimney was likely to pull the wall and roof out of level.
We saved as much of the original beadboard as we could. We will insulate and wire those walls from the outside.
Welcome Home :
This is the main hallway coming in from the front veranda. Three original bedrooms, bathroom, and the livingroom have doors off this hallway.
This is how we finished the original fireplace
in the main living room.
This end of the living room became the dining room with access to the screened in porch.
This is the shared kitchen. We love the island which gives room for 4 adults and 2 kids to cook together. We have 2 sinks, 2 sets of cupboards, but we share a refrigerator and stove/oven. Each of our livingrooms open off to the right and left of the windows. The back opens to the shared laundry/back entry way.
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As full time missionaries, we travel at least once a month and work daily, plus keeping up with the day to day work at Beaver Run RV Park, and the needed hours of sleep ... time was always short to move forward on This Old House. But despite our limitations, the work has gone very well.
God has provided willing volunteers just at the right time. Thank you God for your provision and protection!
Feb 2012: Rebuilt supports under the house
Mar: Tearing off boards to replace joysts
Began siding parts of the houseboards
De-struction of damaged
Apr/May: We traveled to the Solomon
Islands & served at a major
mission event - NO WORK on house
Jun: Construction began
We saved every scrap of anything useable. We were able to use scraps of beadboard to fill in the gap where we closed in the large opening between the original living room and dining room.
Sept/Oct: Travel to Cameroon & Nigeria
& served at a major mission event -
NO WORK on This Old House
Nov/Dec: Work from bed to bed -
Jan 2013: Light fixtures
Cabinets, carpet, etc
Jan 16: Our daughter's family arrived back
from the Solomon Islands :)
& Move in date!! :) :)
Originally the dining room and living room were joined through this big opening so that the heat from the fireplace would warm both.
We closed it in with a door between the living room and kitchen.
This was one of the additions that had slipped over time. At first, we thought that we would have to tear it out. But we were able to replace most of the support beams and add a support across the ceiling. We are so pleased with it.
We are so glad that our family can enjoy the kitchen- "old diningroom" where Big Mama and Daddy enjoyed their friends and family as they celebrated their 50th anniversary in 1979. (Our livingroom door is behind them and the windows are behind the curtains.