We wanted to give everyone a glimmer of hope today. No matter how drear things look at the Mooreland House, things will get better. Right now we live in a restored circa 1904 house. When we bought the house it looked like the first pictures. After a bit of work, this is what the house looks like today when Kerry took these pictures. Be patient and we will make Miss Mooreland glamorous again!
Miss Mooreland cries a lot because of the shape she was left in. Her tears come in the shape of chunks of plaster. In order to keep this plaster off the floor, we have to clean her tears every once in a while. One day she will be able to stop crying and will smile again.
Once again we are making a temporary wall. This one is to support the second floor for the eventual removal of the exterior wall. We are not sure how much needs to come down but we are preparing for the worst. We don’t even know if we will get to it this winter but… you can never be too careful! The red circled area is what we fear needs to come down.
Kerry says this was a hard video to put together. We spent a week working on this valley rafter replacement and she had lots of video but nothing she thought was interesting enough to share. I think she did well. This is part one. Not sure if you will be able to click this link or if you have to copy and paste it. We don’t really like change!
Ugh, now we have to start figuring out how we are going to do the major repair on that “little” crack running down the length of the stone façade. We put it out there on another historic building site to see what kind of feedback we could get. We are probably going to replace these brick stacks with concrete block (some call them cinder blocks) filled with concrete and rebar. For now we repointed the mortar and are going to have to build a temporary wall in this area to hold up the floor joists.
Well, not the Covids… we got the cleanup bug! Since we had access to a trailer we were able to haul off 3 refrigerators, 1 stove, 1 riding lawnmower, an old heater and an old microwave. There is still some more to haul off but man, it feels good to get rid of some of the big stuff! This was all piled up around the tenant house.Continue reading
We just couldn’t help ourselves! We have an open wall and an attic full of trash. We are taking the opportunity to make things a little more tidy. It is nice to stand back and see some completion as well.Continue reading
We found out what happened to one of the paintings from the Mooreland House! One of our subscribers let us know. It was sold at auction in Nicholasville years ago. Here is what Susan Reed Jordan (great granddaughter) had to say about the painting. “I always laughed and told my grandmother that she should donate this painting to the Fort Knox mess hall..I thought the soldiers would appreciate the nude woman..She found NO humor in that…hahaahaa….this is the room where they always played bridge with their friends..I loved to sit and watch so they taught me to play bridge when I was 7 and they let me sub..”Continue reading