Carriage House front entrance before.
Ongoing progress to front entrance
Inside of Carriage House without doors
Interior view of compliant double doors for wheelchair access and side lights feature.
The entrance is almost complete at this stage. Smithy forged door handles are on order and the side lights need the trim installed. The overhead lighting is controlled by a dimmer switch to add ambiance……. especially for the Autumn / Halloween show where surprises await!
This image reflects the inside wooden wall before insulation and without any windows.
An after picture of the wall transformation that includes insulation, wide plank painted boards and two casement windows dressed in black hardware. Notice the old period beams left in place that tell an architectural story of how this carriage house was erected.
The second entrance opening we secured by building a wall, adding insulation and drywall. Two windows will be roughed in later on allowing natural light to enter inside.
Progress is being made to the second added wall. The drywall installation is complete, the windows are roughed in and a receptacle was added to light up special offerings.
Work is almost completed to the second entrance wall. We added old wood that was saved from the corn crib and laid it strategically in a vertical position just below the windows. This idea added interest to this otherwise boring wall. Can lights were installed in the ceiling and the windows are finally home!
A close up of the front casement window showing the black hardware detail I favored. Notice the barn red paint used on the inside muntins (wooden grids) compared to the cream I chose for the outside. It works! We had old wavy glass installed as we wanted these windows to dictate an early look.
This picture shows the relation of the front wall compared to the left side wall that possesses the original beams. I wanted to create a bright and airy look lending a neutral background where antiques offered for sale would receive the attention they deserve!
Our Carriage House also includes a small corn crib area. We decided to remove the wood wall and open this space up to create an open flow. By doing this I was able to create a wonderful fireplace that will beckon in guests by adding warmth and character to this space not to mention the grand decorating possibilities that will include hearth offerings for sale.
A roughed in design of where the fireplace will go that will also offer a beehive bake oven!
How do you like our completed fireplace? We used “Milwaukee Brick” because of the thin design feature along with the amazing color variations that offer charm and character. I was able to find an iron fireplace surround with a decorative raised flower and heart design to incorporate a whisper of Pennsylvania Dutch influence. The door located on the bottom was a salvaged piece from an early home in New England that boasts a leaded glazed window design complete with strap hinges. The fireplace crane was custom made by a local blacksmith and will render 18th century hanging cooking pots.
For more information about our ongoing “Carriage House Project”, please visit, “Country Rustic” magazine previously called, “Mercantile Gatherings”, Summer 2020 issue by clicking on the link below:
Our carriage house will also be featured in the Autumn and Christmas issues as well!
I hope you enjoyed the tour and ongoing progress of our carriage house that will offer a wide variety of wonderful antiques for sale covering delightful smalls to exciting country furniture. Surprise offerings include early pieces with a touch of Pennsylvania flavor as well as our unique artistic creations. We will let you know by way of an announcement on our Home page when the “Open House” will take place…….. so stay tuned! Thanks for visiting!
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