Potential. That’s what convinced me to buy this old rundown house. It’s what always drives me to embark on painstaking endless DIY and rehab projects. Time, effort and cost always seem to be an afterthought, which I’ll admit is not the best approach to any large renovation project.

There was no air conditioning. The entire house needed rewiring. Roof and windows replaced. Stains ran down many of the walls from past, and possibly present, water damage. The colonial revival garden was neglected and overgrown. Regardless, I was inspired and thrilled about the potential beauty of the place. Follow along as I chronicle the historic renovation and other DIY projects.

Start from the beginning…

About the House

Built in 1924 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the house is located in one of Baltimore City’s earliest “streetcar suburbs.” It was designed by architects Benjamin and Parke P. Floumoy in the Neoclassical Revival style and utilized slate, brick and stone materials. It also reflects the early 20th century innovation “daylight” plan. Pioneered by architect Edward L. Palmer Jr. in 1909 for Baltimore rowhouses, the “daylight” plan allowed light directly into every room in the house unlike previous rowhouse plans that had dark interior rooms.

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4 thoughts on “About

  1. Just found your blog. Love it! Wished I lived closer to you, as I would help & learn so much along the way. Looking forward to see more rooms as you transform them.

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  2. You have a beautiful home and love the area!! I am well familiar with Baltimore as I lived on the west side of it years ago while going to what was then Baltimore City Community College. Now, I live an hour west of Deep Creek and used to live there as well. Keep up the amazing renovations!!

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  3. Thank you for sharing your witty, well written blog about house renovation. This was a “happy” accident stumbling upon your site through a “Hometalk” site. Living in simpler digs now, My husband and I once owned an over 150 year old home and your blog brought back many memories of updating parts of that home. I will continue to follow your journey. I am inspired by your reuse of items you are finding around your newly purchased home. There is a certain gratification seeing these items come to life again. My husband and I also continue our own version of updating our smaller not as old home . Renovation gives houses dignity again and allows a house to live into the future for another person to discover its charms. Keep up the good work. Also, Hang on to those fossils. You hold millions of years in your hands.

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