Restoring a 1915 Colonial Revival house
Garage


Behind the house at the end of the driveway is a two-car garage that dates to the same era as the house. One has to wonder how many families had two cars in the 1910s. The garage has had very little done to it in its 95 year history and still has its original doors and slate roof. The garage is very well built, but will need a good bit of work. I eventually plan on making the garage a workshop.

One major problem around the garage is drainage. The floor inside looks like water has come in underneath the doors during storms on several occasions. The driveway is sloped downward to the garage and one of the gutters from the house empties on this side of the house, so this is a recipe for a flood. Whoever designed this should have thought enough to put a drain in front of the garage to prevent water from coming in. The good thing is, the water has not done any significant damage to the garage itself.




This is the inside of the garage. It's a little rough, but not too bad for its age and especially since it has had very little maintenance over the years. There are a couple of old workbenches along the back wall and all sorts of miscellaneous clutter stuck around the walls and up in the loft. We'll clean out the garage when we get ready to do some work on it, which won't be for a while.

The good thing is there are some pieces that were removed from the house stored in the garage. There are shutters from the outside, interior trim pieces, and the door to the first floor butler's pantry that will eventually become the powder room.

We probably won't be doing a lot with the garage in the immediate future, but I eventually want to make it my radio/phonograph/furniture restoration workshop.