Friends, this Tuesday Tidbits is extra special! The above photo was sent to us by the Pears family recently and it is uh-mazing. The photo is pre-fire (which we know occurred sometime in the 1920’s). This shows the home in her full glory. Trent and I sat and looked at this photo forever. The house was saved, but put back together minus the second and third floor after the fire. The photo below is ours taken from roughly the same angle over 100 years later. After looking at this photo here are a few thoughts Trent and I had:
- The house is gorgeous now, but then…wow. Truly breathtaking.
- This appears to be a snapshot style pic. People didn’t own cameras then like we do and the only photos that were generally taken were very formal. It makes this photo even more magical in our opinion. It’s just an ordinary day.
- We feel special now because no one else owns a home (anywhere) that looks like our home. While the fire was devastating and took so much of the house, someone found a way to put it back together in a new and unique manner. Someone decided to make it a story and a half home with a hip roof.
- Trent and I love and I mean LOVE that we get to see little gems like this from the Pears family (William Pears built this home in 1865). It’s amazing to have this connection and we are extremely grateful for their generosity in sharing part of their family with us.
As far as our progress goes this week, we have been focusing on our task list. It’s still pretty large, but it feels good to be scratching things off and slowly getting there.
The electrical has been finished for months, but we needed to wait for the appliances to fully finish a few items. So the garbage disposal has power, the dishwasher has power and we have outlets for each of the islands in the kitchen. The outlet covers will actually be a dark brown that help them blend into the cabinets.
We also were able to get the breezeway tile and heated floor installed. There are a couple of different ways to do the heated floor, but we didn’t really have a choice since we are heating stairs (a flat surface would have been a little easier). First, we installed these running strips for the heating wire.
Then we ran all the heating wire and looped it through these running strips.
Then it was time for the thinset and to actually lay the tile.
We’ll get to the grout this week (dark grey) and the tile will be another item checked off our list! We are still installing the main floors doors and finally placing the final coat of paint on all the trim, baseboard and windows.
It’s still feeling like a slow process right now, but we know it’s due to our excitement of being close to the finish line. As always, thank you for following along and have a wonderful week!