The pictures do not necessarily do justice to the hard work of so many talented people.

We have begun the process of going room by room creating ‘punch lists’ of the details that need to be taken care of to make sure we are ready for customers. The place is looking terrific. The pictures do not necessarily do justice to the hard work of so many talented people. Reflecting on how far we have come, we will post some pics to help put in context; the commitment we have had to bring this project to life.

Karen Robbins (Home by Karen) has been our restoration contractor from the beginning. We have had other talented crafts people such as Rick Lamb who rebuilt our staircase and Chad Oxley who built out the stair hall wainscot.

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The size and scope of Karen Robbins work is a source of pride for us and Homes by Karen. First, a two-story brick wall, the original back wall of the 1852 structure had to be removed from the center of the house. This was a small problem as it was holding up the roof, and four subsequent ceilings and floors.

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First, she and her crew restructured the roof to be self-supporting. Then they built a series of temporary supporting walls enabling them to begin the process of removing the old wall brick by brick. New foundations were poured inside the house where the wall once had been. The sagging structure was then jacked up against the new foundation. Walls were reconstructed and the other carpenters were then free to begin their work. The structure is not, and will never be, level and plumb, but it is much better.

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