So as we move into the rest of the first floor and the front study and what would have been the living room were covered by a thick pine plank paneling. The kind of plank you might find in an Adirondack or beach house. Very cool looking. All of the large opening door jams were covered with additional 70’s style paneling and small doors were installed to produce private offices.
The dining room’s large opening was covered with a thin paneling on one side and the pine paneling in the Living room. We were hoping we would find pocket doors when we removed the covering but we did not.
As the pine paneling came down we found that the plaster walls were mostly crumbling as well. The crown jewel was the woodwork on the walls and coffered ceilings in the dining room. My goal was to preserve the original look and feel of the home while modernizing the technology and its function.
Brian Kenny and his team did a tremendous job of preserving the bones of the house. Take a look at the demolition.
The Front Study Room Covered in a circa 1950’s Pine Panelling.
from foyer into living room
from foyer into study
Door Jam being opened
Study into Foyer that was covered
After Barrier comes down
door out to front porch that was orginally window
Cobbs At work
New wall in living room
When I acquired the building in November of 2013 the building was covered in aluminum siding from the early 1980’s. We had no idea what was underneath but it was clear that many areas had been open to the elements over the years. With many signs of rot and mold we had two options ignore it or open it.
Pandoras box would either show a hidden beauty or an absolute mess! It was sort of a mixed bag! Apparently before Mr. O’Hern purchased the house it was covered in ivy. We found wonderful cedar shakes that were apparently rodent infested at one point. All over the north and rear side of the upper shingles were holes where the rodents made their home.
We were hoping to keep the shingles but that was not an option. So we decided to remove the old shingles and replace them with James Hardie Shingle and Clapboard. http://www.jameshardie.com/homeowner/products_siding_hardieshingleSiding.py
We were able to preserve much of the lower clapboard on the front of the building. Which now looks great painted.
The front porch when we purchased the building was partially enclosed and used an office. We originally thought we would maintain the enclosure and fix it. But as we removed layers of rugs and plywood that goal was quickly jettisoned. Instead the entire porch was removed from the house. The kickboards were all restored as well as the about 80% of the original columns. The quality and detail of the work my contractor Brian Kenny Builders http://briankennybuilders.com and The Great American Porch Company http://greatatlanticporch.com/index.php made this project a wonderful experience.