Steve Thomas dropped by for a visit at the new house yesterday!
Emmy-winning former host of This Old House and Renovation Nation, Steve graciously toured through with me and shared his wonderful insights on the house and the renovation. He is a walking library of knowledge of all facets of historical architecture, the work to restore classic homes and sustainable building practices. He was incredibly generous in chatting through many details of our plans.
Being a true builder at heart however, he was also eager to take a look at the basement to get a feel for what the place was founded upon. When Steve asked what the basement was like, I sheepishly admitted that I hadn't been down yet. Upon hearing that, he made sure that was to be the next stop on the tour.
Steve's visit was one of those surreal moments when I felt like I was seventeen again and cozying up to another fascinating episode of This Old House. Except to my astonishment, he was in my house! I would have photographed him in every room but I thought that would be a bit too much...
I have to admit that I didn't really tell Steve how influential This Old House was to me in my younger days. Already a subscriber to Colonial Home magazine as a teenager, This Old House was historic architecture in motion. Growing up in a modest suburban ranch, I thought, oh my, to live in on old house with such history, with such craftsmanship, and with so many layers and lifetimes.
Over the course of my days I have learned (especially after writing this blog for six years) that I am without a doubt a house person. Experiencing firsthand Steve's enthusiasm for getting to know a new old house certainly proved to me that he is too, through and through. Having the opportunity to have him visit our new place, especially as we are embarking on our own old house renovation, was an experience I will forever cherish.
Steve and his wife Evy are on the tail-end of their Sea Cove Cottage renovation, which I have been following enthusiastically for the past year. Between time spent on his own renovation, and trips nationwide and abroad as spokesman for Habitat for Humanity International, he is a tireless advocate for our classic homes, and is an inspiration to all of us who are enamored with all things house.
Steve and our contractor Matt talking shop.