Restoration of 1790 Log House

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  • BoggsSign2  Sign on Back Creek Valley Road (State Route 7) at 3/4 miles off Route 9 at entrance to property.
  • 43018 04  First "gate" on drive as one enters the property
  • 43018 06  Driving down the 1/4 miles road to the house.
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  • 43018 07  It's early spring and the red bud is in full bloom.
  • 046  An out building as one approaches the parking area at the restored house.
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  • 92726 13  Rear view approaching the house prior to restoration.
  • ExteriorLogHouse  The house sat unoccupied from 1977 until 2001.  However, it was raised and put on a foundation in ca. 1980 and the chimney was reconstructed about that time based on old photos.  The house also had a new roof put on it at this time and was sealed so it would not deteriorate.
  • 92726 06  Close up of rear door.
  • 043  Patched and almost forgotten, but soon to be as good as the original.
  • window1  Waiting for restoration.
  • 059  Reconstructed chimney based on photo of original dry stacked chimney that was dismantled many years ago.
  • 92726 07  Rear of house.
  • front  Front of 1790 log house.  18 months later, the house is restored and everything possible was done to save all original work and material; some was restored in fine detail while other small broken areas had to be replicated.  Now there are three layers of insullation and thermal panel windows.
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  • Log1-15-4  Side view showing most of the front part way through restoration and the addition on the far side.
  • Smoke House1  Smoke house - located about 30 yeards from the front of the house.
  • 031  View of North Mountain from Front Porch
  • FirstFlrFinal  Drawing of first floor.  I did the architectural work, including blue prints and written specifications.
  • SecondFlrFinal  Second floor drawing.
  • 079  We built an addition during the restoration - the addition was added to this side of the original house.
  • 048  The general contractor - standing - and the on-site supervisor for the project.  It is on this side where a basement was dug, foundation laid, and the addition was constructed.
  • W-Chmny-Frnt  Almost fully restored home with new cedar siding.
  • P-Frt-Door  The original front door just before restoration.
  • D-Frt-Door-Windw  The fully restored front door (it is the original perfectly restored) and the windows, although new and energy efficient, were each built to match the exact opening of the original structure.
  • PICT0178  Rear entrance to the original house - opens into the center hall.
  • Target 7
  • P-1-Hall-Frnt-Dr  Front door and first floor center hall.
  • D-1-Hall-Frnt-Dr  Front door and center hall - after restoration.
  • IMGP8379  Main entrance foyer, center hall.
  • P-Lkng-Dn-Strs  Before - stairs leading down to the first floor center hall.
  • D-Lkng-Dn-Strs  After restoration.
  • P-Liv-to-Hall  View from drawing room to center hall and stair case.
  • D-Liv-to-Hall  After restoration - view to center hall and stair case.
  • Target 6
  • P-Liv-Rm-Mantle  Drawing room.  The mantle is original and a fine example of Federal wood work.
  • bMVC-022S  After restoration but before final paint.
  • D-LivingRm2  Finished drawing room with furnishing of mid to late 19th century.
  • D-Liv-Chairs  Drawing room with the first few pieces of Victorian furniture.  More to come.
  • IMGP8376  Drawing room.
  • IMGP8378  Lamp, Victorian table, gold scales, and other antiques.  Drawing room.
  • bMVC-025S  An oriignal Carpenter Door Lock (a firm in Connecticut, early 19th Century)
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  • P-Dng-Rm  Dining room with original chair railing.  The walls were only white washed; never covered.
  • P-Dng-Rm-2  Dining room.
  • PICT0022  Restored dining room, but not fully furnished.
  • D-Dng-Rm  Breakfront - one of the first pieces of furniture in the restored dining room.  The paintings await to be hung.
  • IMGP8383  Handmade table with silk runner bought in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).  Dining room.
  • Target 9
  • P-Landing-Windw  Second floor landing - unrestored (you can tell?)
  • D-Landing-Lght-Windw  Second floor landing - now restored.
  • P-2-Hall-to-Wndw  Second floor with doorway to master bedroom on the right.
  • D-2-Hall-to-Windw  Anoither view - second floor landing - it is located above center hall and between two bedrooms.
  • IMGP8394  Second flfoor landing with 19th Century puppets bought in Java by one of the owners on his frequent trips to Asia.
  • Target 10
  • P-M-Bdrm-Mantle  Master bedroom, divided into two rooms many years ago, just before restoration.
  • D-M-Bedrm-Mantle  Mantel estimated to be carved about 1760s.  Typical late colonial style.  Original floors.  Master bedroom.
  • D-M-Bdrm-Windw  Master bedroom before furnishing, but after restoration.
  • IMGP8391  Every window opening was a different size in the original house.  The new thermal windows were made to fit the existing opening and the handmade curtains were also made according to each window's size.
  • IMGP8397  Late 19trh Century bed with handmade quilt.
  • IMGP8398  An armoire of provincial Franch style acquired from an antique shop in Frederick, Maryland.
  • Target 11
  • P-Study  Second bedroom with the closet door opened (right side); the closet is under the stair case leading to the attic.
  • D-Study-PC  Second bedroom, now the study, restored with the closet door closed (right side).
  • P-Attic-Stps  Attic stairs.  The second furnace and air conditioning system is housed in the attic.  This system heats and cools the entire second floor.
  • D-Attic-Stps  Stair case to the attic which is over the closet in the second bedroom.  This is a photo taken after restoration.
  • D-2nd-Hall-to-Den  Hallway built in original house to connect to the second floor addition.  Blue door leads to the second floor porch.
  • W-Den-Log-Wll  Once the upper exterior wall with the chinking and dubbing roomed.  The addition was added to this side of the original house.
  • W-Den-Chnking-Wll  Doing the final touches on the dabbing - standing on the floor of the addition, second floor.
  • D-Den-Wall  The scond floor addition, now a small TV room and also is the walkway to two bedrooms, bathroom, and laundry room (all in the addition).
  • D-Dr-Windw-2nd-Prch  View through window in door, second floor, TV-passage way room - addition.
  • D-2n-Bth-Vanity  Second floor bathroom.
  • W-Den-Frmng  Partitioning off the two bedrooms, second floor, addition.
  • W-View-2-Prch  Second floor porch, addition, in front of one of the bedrooms.
  • cMVC-004S  Original house on the left, addition on the right with two story porch.  The garden is waiting to happen.
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  • IMGP8352  Now it's landscaped with dry stacked stones.
  • IMGP8405  View from the second floor, log house, to the dry stacked wall and smoke house.
  • 041  Dear friend and neighbor, Bob Kinkaid (left) and Dick Dodge (one of the two owners).
  • Christmas Trees2  A view of an area on our land - when we grew a few thousand Christmas trees.
  • Creek1  We have about 3/4 of a mile fronting on Back Creek - perfect too cool off in on a summer day.
  • Creek3  This is Back Creek - it runs through the heart of Back Creek Valley and is a tributary to the Potomac River.  This view is of "our swimming hole."
  • Soy Beans1  We rent this area to a farmer who grows corn, alternating every few years to grow soy beans.
  • Target 13
  • Log10-22-4NoChinkingAddition  Chinking and dabbing removed in wall between original house and the first floor main room.  New wires and cables along with insulation were placed between the logs.  Then chinking and daubing completed the process of restoration of the original walls.
  • IMGP8468  Fully restored wall.  This wall (originally an outside wall) is in the addition, first floor great room.  (Great room was constructed on the east side of the original log house.)
  • D-Fmly-Rm-Fire  Great room - informal dining, sitting, kitche, etc.
  • PICT0017  Grand view from the great room with cozy fire.
  • MVC-002S  New kitchen roughed in
  • D-Kitchen  Kitchen completed
  • D-Ktchn-Stove  Jenn Aire down draft range
  • Crew2  The talented crew and employees of the General Contractor.
  • Dick Mike Ken Larry  From the left, Dick Dodge, owner, Michael Taylor, General Contractor, Ken Mosher, on-site construction manager, and the Asistant General Contractor (green shirt).
  • dougDick  The excavation contractor talking with Dick Dodge - one of the owners.   Several years later, Doug's firm did the complete restoration of the smoke house.
  • P-Smk-Hse  Smoke house which is located in front of original house, is on the National Historical Register, and was restored in 2009.
  • IMGP8362  First level (ground floor) of the Smoke House.  This is where the "smoking" was done.
  • IMGP8358  Restoration is underway.
  • IMGP8330  The second level, accessed from the right, is above ground and used for storing canned foods and other items.  The ground level, accessed from the left, is almost all below ground; used for curing.
  • IMGP8336  Excavation equipment used in the restoration.
  • IMGP8372  Second level - restoration is almost completed.
  • IMGP8470  View of smoke house after restoration and the timber land on the 145 acres; late fall.
  • IMGP8454  Restored smoke house.
  • Front Full Cut  Front shortly after restoration
  • Front Full2  Restored front with addition to the right.
  • PICT0174  An early attempt at a kitchn garden.
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  • Log Final Short
  • PICT0176  After the house was restored there was extensive work required over a period of time to complete the landscaping.  This is where we built a staircase down to the walk out basement and the lower level of the front year.
  • PICT0181  On the side of the addition, I built these stairs.  They still work today.
  • PICT0179  Steps from upper level to walk out basement level under addition
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  • PICT0177  New beaded cedar siding on original 1790 house
  • P-Outhouse  Our out house.
  • 034  One of several paths throughout the 145 acres; excellent for hunting.