Saturday, March 19, 2011

Uncovering the Past

I'm back...finally! I started this post over a week ago and typed most of it one-handed. Little Miss Priss doesn't like to be put down. :)

When we first started the renovations, we hoped to uncover a treasure. We've all heard the stories of people finding old coins, photographs or newspapers during renos. No such luck for us. Apparently past owners never had a hide-y hole or else things have been previously unearthed by others. We did, however, find a date.

We were (and still are) unsure of the exact date the house was built. But from this discovery we learned that these timbers were delivered on or around August 20, 1904.

The previous owners told us that they heard our house was one of the first in town to have electricity. One thing that prompted our total overhaul was the fact that the knob and tube wiring was still being used in some locations! To some of you this may be no biggie, but we were kinda scared of it! All that's left if it now are some of the knobs and tubes.

I'll be back soon with pics of drywall and new floors. Exciting stuff!


  1. Looking forward to seeing the progress.

  2. Can't wait to see all that's going on with your new place! We are starting the renovation in our new place too!
    Dee Dee

  3. Love old houses. Ours is hard to determine too but we are guessing 1916. We did find some old cards and money but that date is way cool. How fun that you are documenting your progress. I wish I had been blogging from the beginning of our renovations but instead I am having to recreate it from memory and older pictures. Have you been about to contact any of the previous owners? That was very helpful for me.
    Pam @ BeColorful

  4. Yikes, you have to get rid of knob & tube wiring! it's so old! we had some in one of our old houses, we replaced it immediately.