by Amy Dorsch Heavilin of Vivacious Victorian
My husband Doug and I are beginning year three of bringing our 1902 Queen Anne Victorian back to life. Twenty-two rooms, and we’re in the middle of restoring just room FIVE. To be fair, the exterior restoration was a beast, and it was completely done during the first two years. We are doing all of the interior work ourselves, because when it comes to restoration, you need really need two things : time, or money. Let’s face it – you need BOTH, but if you don’t have a lot of money, you can make up for it with your own time (and willpower). Restoring an old house is a process, which I understand is why a lot of people don’t do it themselves. But we LOVE the process, even when it’s driving us mad. Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to restore a house with someone else doing all the work, and having it all done BEFORE we moved it. It seems so….. I don’t know….. practical? But our way is an adventure, and pretty fun.
Sometimes people ask me what restoring a house is like. So, here’s the process of restoration. It’s OUR process of restoration, but I can’t believe it’s any different for anyone else restoring a house. It’s probably in a different order if you’re doing the WHOLE house at once, and not room-by-room like we are. (And, I swear on a stack of Old House Magazines, I didn’t try to make it twelve steps. It just happened that way.)
12 steps to heaven, coming right up