Coastal Shingle Style Cottage Resurrection

I would say this was a makeover but that wouldn't do this project justice!
Here in New England, we don't condemn homes, we call them historic. When we stumbled upon this house we knew it would be a rescue mission. With no plumbing, heat and very little outdated electricity, it was suitable for the bees and squirrels, but not for humans. After almost six years of living in a construction site, our hard work is done! The decorating may never end, but the construction has!
What I bought- we added the plywood and the dumpster when we jacked up the house to replace the rotten sills.
The back. This looks pretty scary, but it never occurred to us to be afraid at the time.
The front as it is today
Cedar Impression vinyl- looks like cedar but no maintenance
Vinyl siding wasn't my first choice, but for reasons of cost and the levels of maintenance required here on the water, we went for it.
We opted for a stone porch vs wood or vinyl so it would last for the long haul

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  • James W Douglas
    on Sep 28, 2016

    Totally outstanding restoration!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sally Pinnow
    on Jan 14, 2019

    I love the New England style...I was born and raised in New York State and we spent many vacations going up the coast to Maine... u did a fabulous job on this house, and kept the style in tack, along with a few modern touches... hats off to u and ur hubby for the work u did!! It is beautiful!!!

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