Our house was built in 1887, making our most recent baby 126-years-old. We absolutely love the romantic idea of fixing up our turn-of-the-century home (we often wonder about the house’s first owners – what furniture they owned, what they wore and how they talked [all proper like, obviously]), and with every Demo Day came fun, new surprises. Lath – that f@&!-ing lath! – not being in the fun category.
On the opposite end, you know that we uncovered this arch above the entryway (formerly the entrance to the building’s first floor unit), and on the first weekend of demo, we also uncovered original gas light piping beneath the surface of our ceiling:
It’s obvious now this wasn’t the safest method (and a little web digging had us finding out that the gas piping was ultimately replaced with electricity between 1900 and 1910), and we did confirm with our contractor that they were no longer active. Phew. They’ll cause no harm being covered by new drywall, but we couldn’t resist documenting this sweet remnant left behind from the original construction.
I like to think that an adorable little family lived here, maybe with 2 kids, a chicken and many dogs, and when they came home in the evenings, they would turn on their little gas lights with a little gas switch. (Scott, on the other hand, has not given the first family as much of a backstory; c’mon, Scott!)
These pipes will stay for nostalgia’s sake, and once the drywall has been installed, we’ll be adding can lights throughout, adding a much needed junction box to the living room (the fan that was once here wasn’t attached to a junction box – at all!), and possibly moving the placement of the dining room fixture so that it’ll hang properly above a table – but the jury’s still out on that move. And when I say we, I really mean that this will be handled our contractor, as I could only imagine the hilarity that would ensue if Scott and I took to drywalling on stilts. (Like this guy; he’s awesome.)
For now, our living and dining rooms are still looking a little like this:
But with our contractor returning to work sometime this week – clean drywall, here we come! – here’s hoping it won’t be long before we can settle back into semi-normalcy, returning home in the evenings with our little electric lights and flipping on our little electric switches.