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This Old Crack House

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Friday, July 28, 2006

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!


At 7/28/2006 12:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well..... your "bad" rooms there are better than mine. Barely. lol

As for the heat-riser thing... I have one too, and am searching diligently to find a grill for the ceiling in the living room. One that isn't $300, that is. The one in the floor upstairs looks almost exactly like yours.

At 7/28/2006 2:55 PM, Blogger John said...

I was wondering about the tub . . .


I've seen that exact grate on ebay. Unless you get some rich knuckle-head bidding against you, most of them were going for $30-$100 depending on condition. Look under antiques/architectural&garden. I bought our return air vents there for $30-$50 each and they are in wonderful condition. Good luck!

At 7/28/2006 7:30 PM, Blogger Jocelyn said...

you have large rooms compared to us- we only wish our bedrooms were this size- a humble but charming home have we!

At 7/29/2006 12:03 AM, Blogger Gary said...

Floor grates around here are about $45. I need a grate for the ceiling too. In one room I just used a modern white ceiling grill from Home Depot since it was not eyecatching. I might try to find a round one for this room though since it will actually be above a wood stove. You could always use copper mesh on a wood frame.

This is the smallest room (besides powder rooms and laundry room) in the entire house. Even the 5 rooms in the basement are bigger! The problem with it though is that it has two windows, three doors and a chimney. The adjoining room has 4 windows, a door and a stairwell. We are lacking in the wall space department. This is pretty much true for the entire house. Lots of windows, doors and a wall value of R-1.6!

At 7/29/2006 12:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow - that's a great blue paint scheme you've got going. I really think you should keep that. It'd go great with neon pink - I could send you a color sample from our place ;)

I think you should save one room like that forever, so that people will believe you when you say the house was a total disaster. Pictures just can't convey the true chaos of house-mess.

Plus, when Elizabeth is being bad you can just threaten to lock her in the scary "before" room. (Just kidding)

At 7/29/2006 7:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In Nauvoo Ill they have one of the houses with a room left as it was when they started restoring the home, it is cool to look at.


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