My recent trip to Maine had a lot of purposes, but one was to look at some real estate (more on that later). I was absolutely amazed and enthralled that the homes we went through were from the mid- to late-1800s, and it wasn’t a rarety! It really puts my neighborhood in perspective, as our 1920s homes are practically new builds in comparison.
What does the phrase good bones really mean? To me, it’s a saying that helps you look past the current disaster and into the structure of a home. It can include details, like crown molding and ceiling medallions, as well as overall layout, wall placement, and architectural things like pocket doors. A house with good bones can, with time and money, become anything you want it to be.
There was one project house in particular that I really enjoyed envisioning the potential of. I wish I was in a position to purchase and restore this abode to it’s former glory! Meet the colonial at 113 Main St:
Built in 1851, this 3500 sqft beauty needs to be taken alllllll the way back – past the plaster, past the years of unfinished wood floors, even past some of the fireplaces. The layout is fantastic. One room transitions easily into the next, allowing for a flow that rivals the party scene in Meet Me In St Louis. The grand staircase sweeps you up to a beautiful landing, leading you to spacious room after spacious room.
But – you have to look past the water damage, the disrepair, the neglect. Can you? Can you focus instead on the craftsmanship, the molding, and the details? The built-ins and the fire places in every downstairs room?
I look forward to watching this house as we visit Maine more often, to watch as her future owners scrub her down, build her up, and restore her to her former glory.