Cracked plaster, bowed ceiling, raw floors, and a drafty window were restored and all original features were preserved.
B.B. Wierman House, c.1859
A full exterior restoration has been done to this Greek Revival I-house. New roof, siding and stairs were added and the original windows were restored.
The kitchen in the rear of this farmhouse was functional but did not fit the style of the clients or the house. Rather than throw them out, we designed and built custom flush mounted doors and added period details to give the cabinetry a handmade furniture look.
Living Room Restoration
All plaster and woodwork was restored and the stonework was left exposed to frame the offset mantle.
The corner of this log building had collapsed. Stones were removed, labeled, and rebuilt over a new concrete foundation
This contemporary kitchen was removed and the original features were restored or recreated. An old hearth was discovered behind the cabinets and an original stairway was uncovered and restored. The original pine floors were reconditioned and 80 year old vintage wallpaper was hung in the traditional manner.
Grandstaff Front Hall - 1787
The original Federal style mantle had been removed and replaced with a flue around the turn of the century. To restore it, the paint was stripped down to the the original blue, the bottom half of the mantel was rebuild with antique heart pine then repainted with a natural milk based paint. Many layers of flooring were removed and the original wood floor was restored. Walls were refinished with shellac.
Pennybacker House - Parlor
After removing the carpet, we found an interesting victorian finish on the original floor in fair condition. We blended layers of paint and shellac to match the finish, preserving the nineteenth century look of the floor. The mantle and hearth area were restored, and a picture rail was installed to help maintain the repaired plaster walls.
The roof on this old spring house had collapsed and much of the frame had rotted away. The building was able to be saved and is now a focal point on a historic property.
Repairs were made to damaged boards, others were replaced with salvaged pine. The old finish was stripped and cleaned, then refinished with a tung oil varnish.
Well House Plaster
Roof leaks and moisture had cause this plaster and mortar to fail. Existing plaster was re-attached and stabilized, then a new three coat system was applied leaving areas of masonry exposed.
This log smokehouse was dismantled and moved to a farm several miles down the road. Several recycled logs from other old buildings were re-worked and woven in, to replace damaged members and make it fit the new site.
Historic lime mortar is an expendable material that needs maintenance every century or so to protect the masonry from water infiltration.
Showalter House Stabilization
This eighteenth century log house had been hastily moved to the present location after the Civil War. Lacking a foundation, it was sinking into the earth and rotting away. To stabilize the structure, the house was lifted and placed on a proper foundation, 7 logs were replaced, and the chimney was repaired and pointed. Window sash salvaged from a nearby building of comparable vintage were restored, altered to fit and installed. A new roof, new siding, and a heart pine floor will allow some time for final stage of restoration.