04/02/05: This is what happens when a techie fixes a houseThis blog is the culmination of techie meets home rennovation. Now, I'm not rich, so don't expect flat panel plasma TV's or other high dollar stuff, just a geek rennovating an old house with a reasonable investment of time and money.
I took a job requiring a move to a little town in West Virginia. There wasn't much real estate available, especially with enough square footage for our family, so out of the two possibilities we settled on the one with more space.
I almost didn't consider this house because of the work that needed done. One upstairs bedroom looked like it had severe water damage with drywall peeling, and the hot water heater was in pieces. Turns out the bedroom had 6 layers of wallpaper, 2 layers of contact paper, and 2 layers of paint, most of which were peeling. Even the ceiling had peeling wallpaper and contact paper.
The home itself was built in the 1920's. NOTE: I've since learned it was built in 1916. I bought it from the family who purchased it in the 1950's.
Well, over the years it's been "updated" completely destroying it's original charm. It wasn't until a week before we moved in that I realized it was an unusual craftsman style home. I say unusual because it's two story plus an attic, when most craftsman style homes only had 1 to 1 1/2 stories. It's more of a foursquare floor plan, but the roof is gabled.
When the previous owners bought it in the 50's, apparently it had been a boarding house. I'd like to see the original floor plans, because walls have been removed and added in various places. The upstairs bedrooms and bath have numbers on the doors from the old boarding house days.
The previous owners added a bedroom, bath and pantry / washroom to the bottom floor, and enclosed the carport into a nice screened in porch. The original front door has been closed off and turned into a closet, and the carport side door is now the main door.
As we slowly restore this house to some of it's original charm, I'll try to add a photo diary of the work.
Tom S wrote :
Not only are you fixing the house as a proclaimed "geek", you find time to write software for the Nokia N800. Nice!! And great work on the reader program.
Pat Williams wrote :