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:

  1. The house is gorgeous now, but then…wow. Truly breathtaking.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!



  • December 5, 2017 Reply

    Gerry DeCraene

    You will have not only a beautiful home but also a classic One that will stand the test of time!

  • December 5, 2017 Reply

    Sally Guard

    No, we THANK you!

  • December 5, 2017 Reply

    Jane Gajewski

    I love that you kept the structural beauty of the home while making it your own. What a treasure to have a picture of the original home.

  • December 5, 2017 Reply


    I cannot get over how beautiful everything is. Your choices are so tasteful and perfect for the house. I love to decorate and would love to see the finished product sometime.

  • December 5, 2017 Reply

    Melanie Rosander

    History has a unique way of connecting us to a story. How lovely of them to share. That picture is, as you say, uh-mazing! With those magical sepia tones it would be interesting if enlarged, if possible, and displayed. Love that tile entry…just in time for appearance of winter!

  • December 5, 2017 Reply

    tina lutz

    i love that old picture. how amazing

  • December 5, 2017 Reply

    Michael Lannoo

    I was very interested in the heated floor in the breezeway and now I see how it’s done. Your home is coming along with each passing week. The top photo of your home in it’s original configuration is quite a prize for you to have and well worth having a framed copy for your foyer. Don’t forget break time and enjoy…..

  • December 5, 2017 Reply

    Robyn Karkiewicz

    Now you can frame that picture and have it as keepsake. Your house is going to be as beautiful as the original one.

    Thank you for sharing your journey with us.

  • December 5, 2017 Reply

    Nancy Martin

    I like the look of YOUR house better than the old version. I like the color of the house now.

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