This is the exposed (always until it was covered with sheet rock circa 1935) wall studs going up the stairway. Behind them is an original plaster closet wall. Stairs go up from left to right and are dog leg with a landing at the corner. In the south west corner of the house.
Really, one of my favorite things to touch is on this wall right at the corner where you turn left to continue up the steps. This The picture may not show it very well, but this is a natural grab spot for your left hand on the way up. It's been smoothed very soft, and worn from over 200 years of being 'grabbed' (more to the top of the pic)
This is the original pantry wall that was the modern bathroom when we moved in. Behind sheetrock and all sorts of nailers is where it still stood. Being it was an outside wall at the back of the house there was a window in that west wall. But when the Ell was built circa 1834, that window was boarded up. (Where that modern medicine cabinet is now). These walls were never painted as far as we can tell until the wing was added and the window boarded up. At that time, before it was painted they stuffed the spaces between the boards with newspaper (Circa 1835 paper).
You can also see the unpainted shadow lines of where the original shelving once was. I have also found the area where the stone sink was, I believe, This will be one of my favorite rooms to restore!!!
Some exterior wall details
These are the clapboards on the original section of the house. Cut quite short to span over approximately 4 studs. All joints are beveled as original (though originals had more overlap at that beveled joint). All hand forged nails were used on this part of the house. Pegged mortise and tenon plank frame windows with hand made sash with wavy glass. Time to paint!
This siding has been up for about 9 years.
This is the siding on the Ell. It would have been later so I used machine cut nails witch were used in the early 1830s. Mutton's on the window sashes are narrower.
DANG WOODPECKERS!!!! On my corner boards. I WILL shoot them ya know!