Monday, October 7, 2013
One of my favorite old house renovators is at it again, restoring the charm and integrity of a historic gem. This time, it's a shingle-style Dutch colonial in a little seaside village in Maine.
Steve Thomas, former longtime host of This Old House and current spokesman for Habitat for Humanity is documenting the renovation process of Sea Cove Cottage on his Facebook page.
He takes you through the entire renovation process, including the good (discovering maple floors hiding under linoleum), and the not so good (foundation rot), along with the many decisions he and his wife Evy make on a daily basis. They are assisted along the way by their fantastic design team of Robin Siegerman (interior, fenestration, furniture and lighting), John Tyahla (kitchen and cabinetry), and Anne Cox (landscape). Their story is set against the stunning backdrop of coastal Maine.
I love renovation stories like these because they offer the full scope of what is truly involved in restoring an old house, which goes well beyond a lot of hard work. It takes determination, vision and most of all, an enduring passion to realize the beauty of the home.
You can follow their story here.