Sunday, June 29, 2008

True "Home" Schooling

We are gutting two rooms in our Pre 1900 house. That is what the deed says. This is our first home. We have lived here 12 years and are looking to move in a couple of years but this is the first time we have had the time or money to do this project. I have been so frustrated looking for a new home that I finally called off the search. We decided instead to look for some land, pay it down for a couple years, then build. So for now we are updating this gem and eying 6.5 acres in the country.

We told G that demolition was school and he was pretty excited. Shop, Art History, History, and Science. Daddy, G & Papaw removed all of the beautiful original molding last weekend, which we will put back up. This weekend we took down all of the original horse hair plaster and lath in the front room. During the process we found some amazing wallpaper. G was so enthralled with this paper that he peeled away the paint all day to even reveal the section behind him in the picture. There are three different style homes... "rich" homes as G says... on the paper.

After we removed the ceiling we found piping for a gas light. So we discussed how they used gas before electricity. We have a reproduction gas light in the dining room so we took a closer look at it. You can also see the original wiring which is some of the last in the house.

Here is the final picture of the weekend. Next weekend we will start on the adjacent room and do the same thing. I wonder what we will find?

1 comment:

School for Us said...

What a neat project! And what great things your son is learning through it. When I was little, we lived in a house that was about 100 years (so I guess built in the 1860's or so!). I guess it must have been when we painted my brothers room that we saw some old wallpaper. And, we found handmade nails! It was neat, and something I remember. Have FUN!!!