Modern Details Behind an 18th-Century Facade
My house, an 18th century Connecticut saltbox, has a split personality. Since we dismantled and moved it to save the house from demolition, we had the opportunity to both restore it to its 18th century originality and incorporate and benefit from modern mechanicals, materials and methods.
In the first segment in this series I shared the basic story of the timber-frame house and what went into disassembling, moving, and reassembling the structure. In the second installment, I talked about how the detailed restoration work came together, using original materials and reproducing what was missing.
In this third segment, I will reveal some of the tricks used to hide the “modern house” underneath the 18th century look and feel of this nearly-300-year-old home. Learn how I handled insulation, heating, plumbing, and electrical, to meet code and benefit from modern conveniences without jeopordizing the authenticity of this historic home.
|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. Watch it now.
|PART THREE: HIDING THE MODERN UPGRADES
Learn how modern mechanicals and conveniences were hidden behind and 18th century facade.