Thursday, August 19, 2010

My BEST Lesson !!!







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!!!!

11 comments:

Kathi said...

This house is beautiful Jane! Perfect in every detail! Love the colors!

Samantha2818 said...

That house is my absolute dream - just beautiful - and what a stunning location too.
~Sam

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Isn't that home just amazingly beautiful in that setting with the big oaks covered in moss. I lived on St. Simons Island when I was a child and loved it. Same trees and moss.

Ronnie said...

Would love to see a photo taken from the same angle as the before pic.
What a beauty.

Tricia Rose said...

This house look absolutely and utterly itself, perfect in it's setting, nothing jarring - brilliantl! I hope you get a warm feeling every time you think of it, what a wonderful thing to have brought it back to life.

jccardine said...

Love! I know this house..it has to be on Isle of Hope. Beautiful, just found you Blog today...hooray~Jamie

Ms. Bake-it said...

It is absolutely gorgeous! What a fantastic setting.

~ Tracy

simpledaisy said...

Oh my....what an amazing house!!!
Everything about it is perfection::)

Lila said...

That is a stunning home. It looks exactly as it should. Great job!
xoxo
Lila Ferraro

Ticking and Toile said...

What a gorgeous home! Are you going to post pictures??? :) please.....:)

xo,
Shellagh

Seagrass Interiors said...

Incredible! It reminds me a little bit of the house from the movie the notebook!

Melissa