Some pictures of the FRONT.
Wanted to retain all original sheathing if I could. I was very careful of not discarding 200+ year hold hand worked boards. Many throughout the hose had the Milling marks in plane view once I exposed them. This helped confirm who the house was built for which was Nathan Gennings. I'll get a picture of one or two of these so you see what I am talking about.
By saving and not removing all the exterior sheathing I could now measure out all the original clapboard nail holes to then I was able to get the original clapboard exposure I was also very careful NOT to straight out the house. I left the sags where they had settled for the past 200+ years. None were so bad that made it uncomfortable to the eye or inner ear.
I have actually been in some very old homes that have made me nauseous because they were so crooked. I had to get out before I got sick.
So, here are some pictures of doing the front and roof.
Before we purchased the home
After clearing all the ornamental plants (I would almost hide ever time someone drove by because they all loved those plants, haa)
Stripping the roof. Under the asphalt was a layer of cedar which was all in very good shape but for all the nail holes from the asphalt. Killed me to see that.
I have some original shingles under the 1830 "L". They are all hand split and shaved chestnut! Beautiful!
Note the new chimney. The center stack was still 100% original but for just above the roof line. Period bricks were used.
Getting out the old rotted sills and replacing with while oak, 7"x9"
Getting it closed back up.
Hard to see in these photos really, but claps are a little wavy and uneven. They graduate their exposure from bottom to top, but not like what most try and do today.
The window frames are even somewhat cocked as well as some of the sashes. Not that easy to do, but what it pulls off is a convincing authentic look. Even the roof sags as it did before, to which the old timers thought I was crazy.