Details of an 18th-Century Timber-Frame Revival
The story of my house is a full-on, A-to-Z project: to rescue, dismantle, move, reconstruct and restore an early handmade 18th century Connecticut center-chimney, timber-frame house.
Answering feedback from readers
A number of comments and questions arose from my earlier video blog. Readers wanted to know: 1) how the interior of the house was restored and 2) how the restoration progressed to accommodate and incorporate the modern aspects of a newly-built home.
I’m happy to know that there’s so much interest in timber-framing and antique houses…and happy to continue the story here with a look at how the interior of the house came together. (I hope to address some of the other questions in future blogs.)
All about the details
I mentioned above that the house was handmade. Remember the original builders had only hand tools, and, handmade means everything. They felled the trees, squared and joined the timbers, sawed boards, split roof shingles and clapboard siding, planed boards and mouldings, and turned stair balusters.
The hinges and other hardware, including all the nails, were hand-wrought, even the window glass was poured by hand. To shoot for a restoration that is architecturally true to the period that the house was built, it’s necessary to reuse original materials when possible and to accurately reproduce replacements.
If “the devil is in the details,” so is the beauty, appreciation and character of an old house.
|MORE IN THIS SERIES: 18TH CENTURY TIMBER-FRAME COLONIAL|
|PART ONE: SAVING THE STRUCTURE
Follow the process of disassembling, moving, and reconstructing the timber-frame structure. Watch it now.
|PART TWO: PERIOD DETAILS
Follow along with the reconstruction of the period details, including doors, windows, and moldings.
|PART THREE: HIDING THE MODERN UPGRADES
Learn how modern mechanicals and conveniences were hidden behind and 18th century facade. Watch it now.