Hello everyone, it has been a while since I have written about our adventure here at Cool Hollow. May through August has been a whirlwind of activity at the homestead, with one project after another. As many of you know, the house was approved to join the ranks of other nationally important buildings on The National Register of Historic Places this past winter. Maryland allows credits for people restoring these buildings and approved projects will receive twenty percent back with their tax filing.
Cool Hollow approved projects this summer included a new standing seam metal roof with “snow birds”, done in the historic manner. A new paint job of the main house, spring house, and early 20th century potting shed, and roof work on those other buildings as well. Restoration of three bedrooms and the main bath on the second floor also took place. Yes, it was a busy summer.
I am going to write today about the exterior of the house as there are just a few small things left to do on the inside. Ben and I interviewed many contractors about the roof, the historic elements and materials and work that we expected out of them. We decided on W&W Construction out of Williamsport, MD, owned by Chad Wolbert. Chad and his team went above and beyond in every way. The attention to detail is incredible. They even removed an aluminum covering that previous owners had installed to hide some damage that had been done to the historic cornice and fixed it for us. Chad spent a whole day restoring the cornice, fabricating pieces to fix it, and even painting it for us. Removing these pieces really brought the incredible old detail back to life. While doing this, he noted that the cornice is made of chestnut, and still retained some of this original natural pigment paint, dating to the very early 19th century.
Note: The cedar shingles below the 80+ year old standing seam roof are from the last half of the 19th century and are hand made. (also part of the original cornice was covered and was exposed and restored which you can see in these pictures.)
When the roofers removed the existing almost 90 year old standing seam roof, low and behold the 19th century cedar shakes were still there, and in decent condition. Chad verified that they were indeed hand cut, and were probably a later 19th century roof. The metal roof he removed he estimated was put on roughly c.1930-40. It last for more than 80 years, not bad!!!
We had the exterior gently power washed by a local contractor and the house was hand rolled in a Sherwin Williams exterior white. The original oak/chestnut shutters were numbered, and taken down with great care, restored, and painted a color that we matched closely to the original color and finally re-hung. The original shutter color shone through in several places, and this made it easy match. The color chosen for the shutters was Sherwin Williams Rookwood Shutter Green. The whole exterior now really shines, to say we are proud is an understatement.
Note: The house with the shutters removed, and the walls being painted. The final outcome with the new shutter color, and restored cornice, new roof and gutters.