So What’s New?
Wow! It’s been six months since I’ve written a blog! A lot has changed in six months for sure! Here’s a quick recap of what we’ve been up to. Gramp put in some long hours on finish work in January and we received our certificate of occupancy at the end of February! We were so excited to open as a vacation rental on Airbnb! It turns out the world had other plans (Covid-19). So….after booking every weekend in March (we were thrilled) we cancelled the last two bookings and had to sit tight. Gramp and I still visited the schoolhouse and we even hosted a small Easter brunch there with just immediate family. At the end of May we were able to start taking reservation again! Gramp accidentally gave himself bunny ears at brunch!
Open House…Not So Much
When we finished the rehab one of the first things we wanted to do was share the schoolhouse with you, our community! We appreciated all the support and good vibes and wanted to show everyone what we’ve been up to. Well, that won’t be possible for quite a while yet. For now I thought I’d share a few details about the finished rehab on the blog! So here’s part 1 of a 3 part post about all the features in the schoolhouse. This is the “What’s Old and Original” part. Part 2 will be “What’s New,” and part 3 will be “What’s Old but not Original.”We found this table (but not the chairs) in the attic, Gramp was able to rebuild it!
What’s Old and Original?
Everyone has a different favorite original feature at the schoolhouse. Mine is the hardwood floor. I bet you can’t guess Gramp’s…yep the windows! Philip’s is definitely the five chalkboards because he loves to write on them. Leave us a comment at the end of the post and let us know your favorite! Here’s almost everything we were able to save or repurpose:These four lights were still hanging in the schoolhouse when we bought it. We took them down then rehung them in almost the exact same location. Also this is a great photo of four of Gramp’s beloved windows!Our bathroom sink was in the main schoolroom. It had no faucet, there was a shelf next to it for a water jug and a pipe led to the crawl space under the schoolhouse.The shiplap was underneath the press board in the addition, we took it all down, framed and insulated and then used it for this feature wall!I love the original floor, you can still see the marks where the school desks were bolted in!All the trim is original. We found this drawing on one of the trim boards and couldn’t bear to paint over it. We think it’s signed “Richard,” and are taking it as a sign from grandpa!The barn board was the flooring of the attic in the historic addition. We think it started life as shed on the property and now we’ve repurposed it for our island!We’re pretty sure it was a shed because you can still see the children’s initials carved into it and some dates from the early 1900’s.All five chalkboards are original. We took three of them down (and all the trim) to be able to insulate and frame the walls. Then we put them all back up again. Our guests really enjoy writing on them!
Gramp will probably tell me I’ve missed a few of the original features. It’s kind of a lot when I list is all out like this! Now Gramp has more time to spend with his only grandchild and I’m taking a break!4th of July fun..they are plotting big things for sure!I’m not kidding about taking a break!