Boy, was this old cottage in bad shape when the Morgan family bought it. The tiny farm manager’s house was one of four buildings on auto magnate Henry Ford’s former 1930s Georgia plantation, but it was sinking into the low, marshy area it sat on and was only being used for storage.
They were charmed enough by its history, board and batten siding, and tiled roof, however, to rescue it. Here’s how it looks now:
According to Coastal Living magazine, the first thing they did was move it to higher land and set it on brick piers to give it a view of the marsh. To give you an idea of the work that faced them inside the house, here’s how it looked after years of neglect:
They stripped the paint off the poplar tongue-and-groove board and sealed the heart pine flooring with a clear polyurethane to bring back the original charm of the old wood in the cottage.
Another dramatic change took place in the kitchen. Here’s what it looked like before:
The ceilings were vaulted in this room, too, making the small space feel bigger. The counters are reclaimed heart pine:
It always makes me happy to see people restoring old places like this instead of tearing them down, which, let’s face it, would’ve been a lot easier considering the shape it was in. Visit Coastal Living for more information and to see the rest of the photos by Deborah Whitlaw Llwellyn.
Can you believe it’s September already? We’re well into the school year now but still struggling to adjust to the new morning routine in our house. I miss the lazy days of summer already!
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