Showing posts with label old house restoration. Show all posts
Showing posts with label old house restoration. Show all posts

Saturday, December 16, 2017

William Chick Scarritt House - Update

Gutted by fire a year and a half ago, the mansion at 3240 Norledge in Northeast Kansas City is slowly returning to its glory.   The curved windows in the "tower" are now being installed.  There is only one factory in the United States that will make to order curved, thermal windows.  It is is Arkansas.  It took a while for those to arrive.  The home was constructed in 1887 for William Chick Scarritt, son of Nathan Scarritt who owned most of the land in the immediate vicinity. 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Victorian Resurrection

This 1893 Victorian on Benton Boulevard has been brought back to life after languishing for years in neglect.  Below see two sets of before/after pictures and then the rest of the house and grounds.
The house is in the Scarritt Renaissance Neighborhood in Historic Northeast Kansas City.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Restoration Update

Update on the William Chick Scarritt House. Tiles are going on the west half of the roof. These were imported from Brazil. The tiles came by boat to Houston and then by rail to Kansas City. Next; the windows will be installed. Some of the window in the tower are curved. One factory in Arkansas is the only one that can do thermal, curved windows. They are ready to go. After that the curved copper gutter will be installed on the tower top...but first Susan and Larry have to find someone to curve the copper!   In 1888 the construction of this home cost $30,000.  
Remarkable progress on this restoration!!!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Putnam Place - Resurrection

About this time of year in 2011 (March 4) I featured a home in the Lykins Neighborhood that had just been purchased and was under renovation.   Anthony had undertaken the task.   More needed to be done than he had imagined.... termites, leaking roof, hidden doors, tuck pointing of brick... but progress has been made and there's an update below.  But, for reference, see this link first:

The original porch had to be removed and, above, you can see the new one going into place with footings that are 3-feet deep.  The porch will wrap around the front and east and west sides.  East side, below, has a door restored to the porch.  Below the right portion of the brick has been restored by a previous owner ... the center section will be the next to be rebuilt.  Three courses of bricks on the lower story, decreasing by one to the top. Anthony estimates the home will be finished by the end of this year. 

Below, the west side.  Those two windows, center section, at the bottom had to be dug out.  They were buried in dirt.  Anthony built a retaining wall next to them. 

 Living room/parlor floor ( above and below ) had to be completely reconstructed due to heavy termite damage..

                                  All new electrical, plumbing, and HVAC has been installed.
 A lot of the original woodwork has been preserved.. the door above came from the second floor but will be installed here. Below, the kitchen with a new bathroom on the left which was moved from the front part of the home.

The basement above, now, below in 2011... most of the floor joists had rotted away..

 Anthony has done all of the work himself....  to show the scope of that work, the arrow below shows how high dirt had been piled up from there to the wall.   It had to be hauled out a bucket at a time through a hole in the wall.
 Below, the only remaining sample of the wallpaper in the house... with color on the right closest to the original colors....  this is by the stairs leading from the basement to the first floor.

                 New bathroom going in on the second floor, below, and laundry room above.

 Finishing the floor and cleaning paint off a door are all that remain to be done in this, the bedroom.  The door, below, was interesting.

                          Master suite on the second floor above, and, below, detail of the fireplace.

The detailed painting on the exterior can be seen through the window of the third bedroom... Anthony also cleaned the paint off the limestone above the window so the carving could be seen.

 Above and below, some things that were found in the house during restoration.  Above, comics from 1927, below, picture of one of the original occupiers of the home.
 Below, all the artifacts that have been found to date including two pennies, one from 1924 and one from 1895.