Restoration and Period Addition to Antique Log House

East Rupert
Vermont

This very early Vermont building was moved and rebuilt in East Rupert in the 1930s.  An old Sugar House was added to it later. The kitchen area was almost non existent and the floor beams were rotting after 60 years of water flowing through the dirt cellar. These were the main subjects of the project as well as doubling the living space. The hewn log building was quite historic, originally built as a safe house by and for the Green Mountian Boys who had organized to protect the early settlers that had come under the first King's land grant, from being driven out by later settlers coming from a later King's land grant.  Was this the beginning of the rivalry between the New England team and the New York team?  Yes, Red Sox & Yankee fans, perhaps it was!  My design called for moving the nearly useless Sugar house up the hill to the garden meadow making room for the new addition. Also I documented the original log house & included plans for restoring its structure; providing a dry basement and also for the new addition which was to house a large, livable 19th Century kitchen and a laundry/mud room.  The addition was designed with early 19th Century detail.  Space for a huge dining table, easy chairs, and a sofa was made. My commission required me to design the project in detail, act as the general contractor, cabinetmaker, and finish carpenter.  After the sugar house was removed, the main house was raised 6’ off the ground and the new basement was built directly beneath it.   Foundation walls to support the addition were also built once the log house was back down on its new dry basement. Of course we had run drainpipes around the whole business; and waterproofed the concrete walls. Carpenters were hired to frame, enclose, & weather tight the addition.  From then on I had the place to myself and proceeded to install the cabinets I had already built; finish the traditional interior complete with recreating correct period detail and a reproduction antique cherry wood cupboard. The finished project was a great success, making the clients very happy and making me proud of a job well done.

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