Katy Elliott

A daily design journal about new england life, home decorating resources, and renovating a 257-year-old house in Marblehead, MA.

House Tour

Two old photographs I found of the house. Find out more here.

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We bought our house in July 2008. The house was a 2-family and we plan to convert the house to a 1 once we get one heating system installed. The house is close to 2,800 square feet with the two units combined. Currently we live on the top two floors of the house while we renovate. Take a peek into our house renovation below or follow along by clicking here.

The house didn’t have a front step when we bought it. We installed our own which was quite the feat in May 2009.

Greg removing old lathe from the ceiling of the second floor den in December 2009.

This was the first time we thought we were done stripping paint in the second floor den on January 2010.

The walls in the second floor guest room got stripped to reveal some badly damaged horse hair plaster walls in June 2010.

The brick chimney was rebuilt in July 2010.

New rake boards, fascia and wood gutters added in November 2010.

We picked up an old back door at an architectural salvage shop in NH to replace a rotten back door.

New roof added in December 2010.

New base coat plaster ceiling goes up in the den in February 2011.

After months of stripping the paint off the molding we started painting the molding green and the walls cream in the second floor den in March 2011.

Asphalt shingles were removed from the front dormer and clapboards and cedar cornerboards were installed in April 2011.

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