Being the Town Historian is simply its own reward, so I make my living as a carpenter, as I have done for almost 40 years. Recently I finished renovating on an old house in a nearby town, that may have originally been a one-room blacksmith’s shop. In the 19th Century it became a home, and grew in size. The before and after photos show the value of restoring historic properties. View more of my carpentry projects at GordonHarris.biz

Front of the house, 2015
Front of the house after renovations. The front right half is believed to be the oldest part of the house.
Front of the house before renovations
The house about 25 years ago before restoration.
Rear of the house after renovations
Rear of the house after renovations. Sometime after the front was doubled in width, it appears that another old building was moved to the site and tacked on to the rear.
The rear attic room has a old roof lines, gables, dormers, valleys, seriously out of plumb walls and a rolling floor that contributed to its unique appearance after renovations.
We finally have gotten around to the front bedroom.
We gutted the front bedroom and raised the ceiling by 16″ by extending it into unused attic space.
Renovation of old house with low ceilings
The front bedroom after renovations
New back stairs
New back stairs replaced very dangerous and steep old ones
The front stairs got new treads and a facelift
The narrow front stairs got new treads and a face lift

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