Enon Hall


These journal entries track our progress as we undertake our adventure of restoring this very old home. The main reason for keeping this journal on the web is that we have found that there are very few resources (books or websites) that follow all of the trials and tribulations of restoring an old home...from start to finish.

January 1, 2003

Happy New Year!

Posted the new design for enonhall.com today. Let me know if anything seems to be behaving oddly!

On the 18th we'll be meeting with a landscape architect at Enon Hall to discuss a master plan for the grounds. We won't be financially able to implement all of the recommendations right away, but at least we'll have a clear vision for the end objective and we can implement it in stages. -- Bill

January 4, 2003

Last Sunday we went to Williamsburg. While we were there we visited this recreated "tenement house." It provided some inspiration for our kitchen quarters outbuilding, especially as relates to what the chimney and fireplace may have looked like.

Tenement house in Williamsburg

Tenement house in Williamsburg

Tenement house in Williamsburg

Below is an interior photo of the Enon Hall kitchen quarters, taken last June.

18th century kitchen quarters

You can see where the fireplace would have been. So many possibilities. So little time! -- Bill

January 5, 2003

The oil boiler won't come on. Cold! We've put in a service call. This new boiler has been a problem ever since we had it installed two years ago. -- Bill

January 18, 2003

Enon Hall - Snow

The boiler is up and running again. Thank goodness, cause it got down to 9 degrees last night!

Today we met Bill Spell, a landscape architect, at Enon Hall. He will be helping us develop a master plan for the property. Knowing that we will own Enon Hall for the rest of our lives it's fun to be able to think way into the future when planning. For instance, if someday we can afford to add a swimming pool...where might that go?

We discussed the possibility of moving some 10 year-old cedars from the new lot to line the side of the road. We'll have to investigate the cost of moving them, but it would be nice to have some trees there that already have some size to them.

The next step will be to order a full survey of the property. -- Bill

January 21, 2003

William and I are dying to apply to be on Colonial House, but Gay's not nearly as excited about the idea. Maybe send her some emails of encouragement! -- Bill

January 26, 2003

OK...no more emails to Gay about Colonial House, please. She's not gonna be swayed.

This weekend we painted the upstairs bathroom for the third time. First it was a pale mint color that was so pale you couldn't see it. Then a more intense apple green that just felt wrong. The new color is much better. This photo is taken from inside the shower.

Enon Hall - Upstairs Bathroom

Had a great visit today from Danny Minton who is restoring a 19th century farmhouse in Studley, Virginia. He had some good insight regarding some of our structural issues. The more info I collect, the more confident I feel about dealing with some of these issues that I've been avoiding.

Enon Hall - Upstairs Bathroom

I pulled up a floorboard in one of the upstairs bedrooms to check out the joist/plate connections and Lucy helped out...hunting for mice. -- Bill

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