Monday, January 3, 2011

Gables Makeover - Historic Floors in Very Good Shape

This January, we planned to redo the Gables suite on the 3rd Floor.  We are always looking for ways to improve our facilties - indoors and outdoors - while at the same time staying true to the historic nature of the house.

The Gables was originally just a 3rd floor attic - probably used for storage and maybe sleeping quarters for servants in the early 1800's.  From what we can tell, it was converted to living space (two rooms and a bathroom) in the late 1960's.  When we arrived, it was a cozy room with dark beadboard (original and not panel) and pink carpeting.

Our plan is to brighten it up by painting the walls white.  But what about the floor (the pink carpet had to go)?  We had options but until we pulled up the carpet this morning we did not know what we would find - would it be original attic flooring or replaced plywood or ...

The good news is that the wide plank flooring is in very good shape.  We should be able to sand it down and preserve one more part of this fantastic house that we have grown to treasure.  Stay tuned for our progress.  We hope the Gables will be open for business in early February.  Already a favorite for many of our return guests, it will surely proved to be even more appealing.

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