This wonderful project took 1 1/2 years to complete. I was the General Contractor (in name only). Actually, I was the "GO -FOR", and the clean up crew of one, and the question asker ... 1,000,000 questions would be a good round number ! I learned where the money had to be spent and why. I made design decisions with all my pictures and my dreams foremost in my mind. I spent hours sitting under the giant oak tree in the front yard pondering and listening to this beautiful old place come back to life. We save everything we took off, bought a few new/old things and rebuilt it in the spirit of the original house. I fell in love with the process of restoring an old house. I had amazing craftsmen and subcontractors who were willing to work on an old building and be patient with me as I learned the many steps that it took to do this type of major project. Years later it still stands as a reminder of WHY one doesn't tear down a wonderful old house full of history in a wonderful historic area on the coast of Georgia..... or anywhere for that matter!!!!