Saturday, September 26, 2009
Talking Little or No Credit For What is Beautiful!
Quite often our guests enter the front door of our inn with their hands full of luggage, tote bags, jackets, etc. and don't even get a chance to put the stuff down before they say, "wow, this house is absolutely gorgeous!" Now, I can say that because I refuse to take most of the credit.
Once in a while I will sit in the "girl" chair in our living room and look out across to the dining room and hallway and just think about how absolutely gorgeous 101 years old really is. Always giving the previous owners their due credit. Because of them, the house was preserved and taken back to it's glory with a long list of repairs, remodels, painting, wallpapering and outdoor landscaping. Don't get me wrong, our inn still left us plenty to do and as those of you that own a piece of American history know, it will continue to provide busy work for anyone choosing to be it's care taker.
We are going on four years of ownership as of November this year. The first two years we owned the home, it remained empty except for frequent visits as we began turning our century old Craftsman Bungalow in to the inn it is today. More painting, cleaning, buying furniture, filing conditional use permits, health department licenses, and every other kind of legal paper work you need to open an inn in the state of Oregon was mostly done before we even moved in. So, December 2007 brought us to Oregon for good as Ray finished up a 30 yr. career with the fire department and we began the next phase of our lives.
More major remodeling such as adding a new bathroom that looks original and putting some things like doors and door ways, etc. back to where they belong have kept us busy. I love finding treasures in our basement and was lucky to find two skinny french doors that were originally at the bottom of the stairway. They are hanging in their original spot and now are used to help regulate the heat and AC we had installed just before opening as well. Along with the doors, other treasures are still hidden in the basement and will emerge someday as we have time to see to it they are preserved and placed back in their respective places. Until then, we maintain as we can only hoping to continue being the nurturers and keepers of this 101 year old piece of living history.