Friday, December 19, 2008

This Old Floor

I love living in an older house. I always knew I wanted to live in one with original wood flooring when I bought my first house. Old houses have so much character and charm to them. I get a certain feeling when I walk into one like they are telling me a great story from the past. We are trying our best to preserve our house and not modernizing it. We are slowly making the house look as nice as it did when it was built. It just gives me a great sense of pride and accomplishment as I finish another project. Older homes aren't for everyone, but I can't imagine living anywhere else.


Julie N said...

I'd love to see some photos of your hold house. They really do have so much more character than houses built nowadays. I spent my summers living in a log cabin built by my grandparents and dad in the wilds of Alaska. It was certainly not a cookie cutter home. :) I think it's wonderful that you're trying to keep things as original as possible to preserve the history. Enjoy!

Stacy's Random Thoughts said...

Aren't older houses wonderful? They have so much character! We bought and live in a house that was built in 1817...we were lucky, the people we bought it from loved this house, and it shows. They were here 28 years before they sold it, and kept it really nice. We did a small remodel in the first floor (to get rid of a laundry closet and add a powder room instead so Little Princess and Nana and Papa didn't have to navigate the stairs for 'urgency'...*grin!*) We made sure we used 100 year old barn wood, and some awesome 100 year old timbers to keep the 'look' authentic. And I love the wood floors - I spent an entire day with a hammer and crow bar to hack up the linoleum (and 3/8-inch press board) that was in the kitchen to bring it back to the original floors...what a huge difference!

Enjoy your old house - would love to see you post pictures at some point! ;)

MAC said...

I'll try to make this story short. I bought a house in GA that had carpet on the floors. It was a house built in the 50s and it was a mill house. I pulled up a piece of carpet in one of the closets and found white pine floors. I couldn't wait to take up the carpet. But it also had a bricked up fireplace. I decided to open it up first and do the floors later. I started chipping away the bricks and carrying the years of built up dirt outside by buckets. I spilled one bucket on the carpet. It wouldn't come up so I had to take up the carpet and did. Then I found they had originally put down a rug and painted the floor around it brown. I sanded and worked on that floor for 3 days. When I was finished I had a beautiful fireplace with white pine floors.
You can't beat wooden floors!