Today the house and I got to spend some time together for the first time. We seem to be getting along pretty well already. I keep thinking of more and more things I want to change though. Hopefully that doesn’t keep up.
A little background on my house: it’s a pretty typical South Philly “working man’s row house.” The city’s records say it was built in 1933, but maps show that the block was already developed by 1895. The downstairs looks like it could be from 1933 though. The living/dining room is pretty open and the woodwork downstairs looks nothing like what’s upstairs. Most of the house has thin top-nailed oak flooring. It’s not the fanciest stuff but I’m kind of in love with the dark wood bands inlaid around the edges downstairs.
I started pulling things apart right away, but here are a few pictures I snapped first.
And I made some exciting discoveries today. I took off the radiator covers in the living room. I like the radiators better, and they’re more energy efficient. And behind them there is raised paneling on the walls, and the sides are angled inwards! I don’t think you’ll ever be able to see it – I plan on leaving the really deep window sills that were added in the 30’s – but I’m still pretty excited it’s there.
Some previous owner installed plywood paneling around the windows. I don’t know why. I ripped a piece off because I had to know what was underneath. Nothing bad!
And I’ve started to think I’d really like to see an exposed brick wall on the side where the stairs are. I did a little test inside a closet. I pulled chunks of horse hair out of the plaster so you know it’s old.
A whole wall of this?
What do you think; worth it? Taking the plaster down would probably make my life suck for a little while.