Trading Company

Dixie

It's finally time to put a roof on this thing. The house originally had a hand split cypress shake roof which would have been beautiful, but today those reproduction materials would have cost 10,000 dollars. That wasn't in the budget, so I opted for a thick 26 gauge 5-V galvanized steel roof. Which is not historically accurate but still has a classic historic look, will last 100 years and was only 1,200 bucks in material cost. 

Off with the 1890's Victorian Porch

2010

New Ceiling Joist installed & bed chamber floor boards were installed. Mostly reclaimed material from the 1840's addition. Very few of the original 18th century heart pine floor boards survived. Those that did, will be used to restore the floor downstairs. .

   The OSB sheathing was an option I was reluctant to go with, but I felt it was a necessary evil for much needed racking strength.

1940's

Crackin' open a giant can of worms.

Reproduction Gambrel Rafters installed

New Rafters & Furring Strips installed. It's starting to look like a house again.

Down with the 1840's addition.

Collar ties & rear gambrel rafters installed.


All corner post, door post, diagonal braces and most of the field post were reproduced & replaced using reclaimed material from the dismantled 1840's addition.

Harvey, documenting measurements, nail patterns & ghost marks to make sure it goes back together the right way.

It's come a long way in just 10 months. This has been my favorite project ever. It's so close to being finished, I've already listed the property for sale. I hope the new owners will enjoy this old house as much as I have.

It comes w/ 4.73 acres of cleared land suitable for new construction with room for a horse pasture and a barn. The old house will come with historic covenants.

I'm asking less than land value. Only $ 52,700  and will consider trades of equal value... e.g.  Muscle Cars, Hot Rods, Resto-Mods, you know... stuff I like... it's about time for a new toy.

18th Century timber frame trusses. Lath strips & shake believed to be early 20th century work. Some pieces still had the tree bark on the edges from 230 years ago.

      Now that all of the additions are out of the way, we've gotten down to the homes original foot print. Next we'll have to remove the entire roof / second floor, from the top plate up to replace all of the ceiling joist, which originally had 9" rafter tails extending over the front & rear wall. These were hacked off when the shed roof addition & the front porch were put on.

       The rear shed roof addition was never flashed in properly and unfortunately has caused severe rot of the entire north wall, but we can handle it.

This is an example of how far gone this house was.

Only 7 of the original post in the frame survived.

 

This is totally not related to old cars, but this is what a " Trading Company" is all about.... I got my hands into a little bit of everything.

This page features my latest side line project. The Pendleton House in Nixonton NC, built in 1786.

This little building has some historically significant value and is worth preserving for future generations. In my opinion what makes it really unique is that it is not one of the grand mansions that you typically associate with the old South but instead a small hall & parlor built for the simple working class. A structure, which would have been plentiful at the time, but unlikely to last 2 centuries and this one almost didn't make it.

    In 1995 the home was scheduled to be demolished to make way for a new ranch house with vinyl siding (yuk)

A group of people banded together to save the old house and had it moved to a nearby location. They spent a whole lot of money to get the restoration under way,  but then the organization got unorganized as opinions on which way the restoration should go led into allot of fussin'.  The good intentions of all the good people came to a halt as many of them just lost interest and abandoned the project. 22 years went by and the old house sat there being punished by weather & neglect, until there were just 2 people left in the organization who really cared any more, but they realized they didn't have the resources to even preserve the home from further decay, much less restore it. This is when the opportunity came my way to purchase the property with a gentleman's agreement that I would restore the original 18th century portion of the home ( much of what you see in the first photo is an 1840's addition and an 1890's era porch). Although it would have been nice to restore the entire structure back to its Victorian era beauty, we have plenty of Victorian homes around here. In my opinion, it was better to take it back down to what it was in 1786 and show the simplicity of early American living, and since I'm not sharing this project with a committee, then I don't have to fuss with any one over which direction I want to go with it.

   My intentions are to save the house by reparing structural damage and installing new siding, roofing, windows & doors. This will in part, preserve the rare 18th century structure. The completion of the interior can be finished by the next owner. Once I do my part in saving the house, it will go on the market with covenants to protect it for future generations. The house will not be livable by modern standards, as it will not have any utilities, but it does sit on a 5 acre lot, so there's plenty of room for a new house and this one can serve as just an accessory building or a good conversation piece.

When I bought it... June 2017

                                                 Red Neck Engineering used to lift and pull the sagging top beams back into place.

Reproduction Cypress bead lap siding going up. That natural wood color is so pretty. I hate to paint over it.

Off w/ the rear addition

1890's