Painted Brick Design in the Root Cellar
I’ve been talking to contractors this week about things like foundations, roof supports, lots of structural things. If the house isn’t properly supported, it will collapse. If you take down these porch posts to build a wall instead, you have to first build a temporary wall to support the roof, so it doesn’t collapse. I mean, common sense right?
Well the last few days, I’ve exactly how important those foundations and supporting walls can be. When we first purchased the house, there was some negativity. Lots of people said that it was too dirty, too big of a job, and that we should just tear it down and put in something new like a modular home. Truthfully, it probably would be easier to do that. This house is going to take a lot of work, and a lot of time. I could get something new, and a modular home would be ready to move in quickly. Yet, for me, it would lack the soul. You see the thing about old houses is the character. Many people say that, and you think about the moldings and woodwork. I see it not only as that, but for the human element. Someone went to a lot of effort to create those old moldings. They laid the brick by hand, planed the wood, and created something, yes, charming. Part of the idea of character comes from the idea that someone, somewhere cared enough to do that work. This home was a place for them to live their lives, to see their children grow up. It was very much a labor of love, and a gesture of support to their family.
I didn’t think anyone would be that interested when we bought the house. Sure, it has a story, but its old and weird, too. I didn’t plan to blog about it, I didn’t really plan to talk about all this that much at all. From the very beginning, when I started telling my friends and family, they offered so much encouragement. They have helped me clean up, asked about my plans, told me to blog about it, and then offered supported for that. It is often a daunting prospect to redo this house. Its exciting and scary for me. I’ve never owned a house before, especially not one from the 1890’s with a close-to-leaking roof, cracked plaster, and no insulation. Yet, like me the house has a strong foundation and lots of support because someone cared. So what I’m trying to say in a really long-winded way is, thanks. Thanks for being supportive, and interested, and encouraging. You guys make me love my house even more, and I genuinely appreciate it.
Just as an example of how awesome these people really are, check out my friend Meghan’s blog , Sings the Magpie. She is awesome and hilarious and you should all read it!
Brick Found in the House, Stamped with the name of a company and "Trimble O".