A good home must be made, not bought. ~ Joyce Maynard
My last post neglected to mention the two most important features sorely lacking in antique houses – bathrooms and closets. People forget that back in the 1800s you only had two outfits, your Sunday best and work clothes. When this house was built a bathroom wasn’t even a consideration. If you had to go, you went outside. We still haven’t addressed that issue; perhaps that’s why my guests never return. (Okay, you got me. I just wanted to make sure you were paying attention.)
For some first hand accounts, listen to what Stan Johnson and Millie Opitz have to say.
Given the the size of the bedroom closets in the Fairfield House, we have two options – become nudists or designate an entire wall to incorporate floor to ceiling wardrobes. I will update you on our decision in another post (ahem, is it cold in here or is it me?).
Back to the bathroom dilemma. Once bathrooms were installed indoors they were usually put on the second floor for privacy. If one is found on the first floor it’s generally off the kitchen. The Fairfield House boasts two and a quarter bathrooms. The quarter is a true ‘water closet ‘ and the only bathroom on the main floor. The first full bath is the original and features a cast iron claw foot tub.
The third bathroom was a bedroom , converted by the previous owners; Karen and John. They did a beautiful job renovating. We were quite content and planned on using it “as is” until we slipped in the shower on a sheet of ice… apparently, we forgot to salt the tub. [See The Good, the bad, the ugly]
THE MAN decided to break through the plaster walls and lath to install the much needed and appreciated insulation. Of course, that meant stripping the heavy wallpaper all around so that the walls matched, quite a job. We tried chemical strippers guaranteed to work (liars) and finally a steamer (genius!) did the trick.
Through the thick dust and pile of messy remains I had a vision: wainscoting. Remember what I said about Pandora’s box?