CH: Day 143. Before & Afters.





July. Boy, was I happy to remove the blue tarp.




Yesterday. Note missing sash (far left) and missing transom (adjacent).


Today. Restored sash in place. Leaded-glass transom in place.


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Today. All the snow has melted! The vinyl work should be done this week. Then, all I have to do is repair where the chimney was, and touch up trim here and there. I will also wholly clean up the yard. No more visible bits bobbing about!




  1. mlaiuppa on December 3, 2023 at 8:33 pm


    When there is a sunny day, can we get an interior shot of the vestibule through the open door with the sun shining in the newly restored window? Staircase and maybe into the living room?

    Oh and an interior with the new leaded glass transom window?

    You are in the home stretch. Just some bits and bobs and cleanup. You must feel so elated now, looking back at all you have accomplished.

  2. Sara Harris on December 3, 2023 at 8:34 pm

    You’ve made amazing progress! It looks great!

  3. Pam on December 4, 2023 at 7:24 am

    The…gulp…vinyl is so neat and tidy looking! Both views look great, Ross.

  4. Beverly on December 4, 2023 at 8:02 am

    Beautiful! Great job, Ross.

    I see through a couple photos what looks like more leaded glass in the same design as the restored transom in what I think is the dining room on the opposite side of the house? Is it a pair of double-hung windows with the uppers having the leaded glass design?

    I need to come back for another tour to admire all your progress in person. It gives me great joy as I “see” you restore each detail!

    Merry Christmas, dear friend.

  5. Leigh on December 4, 2023 at 8:42 am

    Wheeeee nice!

  6. jay howard on December 4, 2023 at 6:49 pm

    Ross, please remember to leave the scaffolding near the front for future Ross to get to easily.
    I remember the garage is stacked and I’d guess the carriage house basement is ‘in progress’ too.
    Baby steps have made great strides!

  7. June on December 4, 2023 at 6:59 pm

    Nasty neighbors… go away!!!

    • Ross on December 4, 2023 at 7:26 pm

      Hi, June. I’ve no idea who complained. It could be anybody in town, or even a tourist. Give it no mind!

  8. Barb Sanford on December 4, 2023 at 8:48 pm

    Wow. The Carriage House is looking so much better! Can’t wait to drive by and see it in person the next time I’m in town.

    • Ross on December 4, 2023 at 8:53 pm

      Barb! Where have you been? I’ve been worried that you were kidnapped by aliens!

      • Barb Sanford on December 4, 2023 at 8:54 pm

        Felled by Covid, sad to say. But I’m on the mend. I’m finally getting my energy back!

        • Ross on December 6, 2023 at 9:34 pm

          Oh, peaches!

  9. Wenda on December 6, 2023 at 6:39 pm

    Ross, Have you already explained why a lot of the carriage house house has decorative blocks for the basement walls, but not the areas where the porches were? Is this from the original turning of the carriage house when it was put on a foundation? Were the less attractive blocks always covered by porches?

    • Ross on December 6, 2023 at 9:32 pm

      The latter, Wenda.

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