The Room You Haven't Seen Yet
Any time we want to "remember" what this place was like when we bought it all we have to do is go upstairs on the cottage side of the house. These rooms have remained fairly untouched since removal of the odoriferous carpets and the prying up of some previously removed floorboards in order to rewire the place. The walls and ceiling have remained in their pristine condition for the last 5 years! That is about to change and so I thought I should take some pictures because we have very few of these rooms.
This is a small bedroom next to a room that was a passageway to the balcony and that will become the laundry room with a powder room adjoining it. In 1845, this 10' X 15' room was the servants bedroom. There is evidence in the floor boards that there used to be a steep stairway leading to this room from the one below which at that time was the kitchen. It still has an original 2-panel door and its original 1840s hardware.
It still has the original heating vent which was no more than a hole in the floor above the fireplace.
We also have evidence of the original wallpaper.
Preserved for us to see because it was covered by molding after this door was knocked into the wall when someone added a second storey to create the adjoining room.
What do these pictures really say? Well, first and foremost, for most of you readers, they say "The rooms in your house aren't nearly as bad!" Then they say "He's crazy if he thinks he can turn THAT room into a livible condition!" and finally they tell you that I lied about smashing the worlds heaviest bathtub with a sledgehammer and I really, really like moving it around the room as I work in it!