One afternoon a woman pulled into our driveway and caught me outside weeding. She asked if we were renting the building on our property (the lab) and if so, could she take a quick tour. Before I could say a word, she asked if the kitchen was newer. When I explained that the property had no plumbing, electric and was essentially a shell of a building she looked doubtful. Was I serious? She thought it looked cute from the street.
Apparently this summer we are working on fooling others into thinking the lab is a livable structure as the exterior has really come a long way. The windows were broken, panes cracked, wood rotten, and frames chewed up by raccoons. The windows were just barely keeping the elements out.
Here are some of the photographs our window wizard took one day. This was a 2nd story window that was in horrid condition. A raccoon or two must have been trapped inside the building at some point based on the paw prints on the mouldings. They gnawed through several windows to try to escape. The frames were also victim to moisture and rot and as you can see below. Not only was the window saved, it looks incredible.
There are some smaller details that have been tended to as well. Once the door was cleaned up it was ready for a little jewelry. Our carpenter hung the door knocker today and it really dressed up the door. It also made the lock stand out like a sore thumb but I’ll get to that! The handle is original and solid brass; it was a mess of paint and dirt. It cleaned up beautifully.
The last three windows are next and then hopefully we can move the improvements inside. I promised pictures of the interior many moons ago and will make good on that promise next week.