e love to use the sleepy winter months to continuously find ways to improve the inns. One of our recently completed projects was renovations on Victoria’s Flower Garden, a 5-room ground floor suite at Tucker House. We think that the improvements we’ve made really reflect our emphasis on the small details around here, and we’re excited to share them with you!
The suite originally had drop ceilings in the living room and kitchen. Over the years, water damage had worn them down just a bit, as will happen with historical buildings in wet climates. The decision was made to remove the drop ceilings, and when we did so, we realized that there was another ceiling above those! It is always fun and interesting to see what new secrets our venerable buildings have to share with us. We went ahead and took those second ceilings down too; then we decided it would be easiest to raise the ceilings. We ended up being able to add about 10 inches to them, a remarkable difference!
Ceilings in the kitchen were raised a full 10 inches and enhanced with crown moulding
The kitchen offered its own challenge with the ceiling renovation, as it required us to reroute a whole mess of wires and junction boxes. That led to rewiring the main electric panel box that feeds the entire house!
Check out the gorgeous detailing on these doorknobs!
We thought doing the ceilings would be an easy job, timed perfectly with a separate bathroom renovation that we were doing at the same time. But of course, home repairs tend to snowball. When the shower in the bathroom was torn out, we realized there were no joists supporting the shower or, for that matter, the entire back of the house. Our handyman extraordinaire Brett wasn’t sure what to do. So, we slept on the problem, hoping for a solution. Ultimately, we decided that the only option was to take out the hardwood floor and pour a reinforcing concrete stem wall from above. In order to not compromise the structural integrity of the upper floors, we had to do the foundation reinforcement in 4-foot sections. That part sure was exhausting, but after it was complete, the bathroom renovation was completed quickly and easily.
Returning our attention to the ceilings in the kitchen and living room, we textured the walls in those rooms to match what would have been the traditional lathe and plaster walls and ceiling. The living room just looked stunning with its new higher ceilings and crown moulding. As we looked around the suite, all the other rooms suddenly looked bare without crown moulding, so the project was modified again to include more elaborate trim, including new baseboard moulding, new interior paneled doors and historic replica hardware.
The result is a better suite with gorgeous new details. We hope the photos in our blog have enticed you to come spend a few nights in Victoria’s Flower Garden very soon, and be among the first to enjoy the improvements! Keep reading in subsequent weeks to get the details on the other projects we’re working on for our guests!