The Shore Gets a Facelift!
Mockorange and spirea hide the porch
The grill is ready
Porch needs repair
Kitchen side has taken the brunt of the weather.
Steamed, scraped, screwed, and sprayed. Ready to paint!
Does this look safe?!
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Side of porch
Note Ellis' patented pulley system!
Porch needs repair
Color is called "cottonwood"
Remembering (or trying to remember) what it looked like in the 20s
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Calendar
The Shore Activities
Old Family Pictures
Remodeling
Sunnyside
Home
What a difference a day makes!!! or month?
Lookin' good!
And THEN • in 2006!!!
Luigi and Marion keep the workers in line!
THE WORK GOES ON!
Roof needs lots of repair.
Note the trees on the southwest corner. Those had to go! A lot of the brush too!
People worked when they could. The warm Fall weather helped.
Even Eli & Zachariah helped, but I can't find those pictures!
The blue porch ceiling wards of wasps, witches, & wicked women!
The "front" is ready for Spring!
New roof on the porch. Lots of scraping and painting. Rich reinforcing the under floor structure and fixing the windows and screen door.

While working on the upstairs windows, Rich dicovered an interesting feature. Notice how small they are. Why have windows facing the water that don't open for breezes? The surprise was that they DO open. They are called "pocket" or "tax" windows. They slide up into the wall.

Many, many years ago, houses were taxed on the number of windows they had. A double hung window (ordinary kind with two parts) was taxed as two windows. Thus the term "tax" window. These windows probably had more to do with fitting in the space above the porch than taxes. However, I cannot find any reference to a "window tax" having been levied in the U.S. Maybe the name is a carryover from British Colonialism and taxation.

In 2007, the south side was finished and in 2008, we took a hiatus to finish a lot of small things, like repainting, finishing the porch floor and windows. Rich shored up the gaps in the chimney and Bill built a sliding door for under the porch. Pete dug out the sand under the porch to store wheelbarrows, etc.

Come back for the continued saga in 2009! This year we'll tackle the really bad east side and the back entrance!
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