and i love it!!!
(if these walls could talk)
many of you may not know this, but our house on the lane is a pre-civil war structure. the main two rooms on the main level (our dining and formal living rooms in the photos above) were once slave quarters; and, directly beneath these rooms in our basement are two identical rooms (our guest and storage rooms). these rooms were once used to house small livestock.
long after the civil war, a granddaughter of the owner of the estate took a particular liking to this structure and decided to recreate it. she added a kitchen, two bedrooms, and a bath on the main level and a garage, a half-bath, and a furnace room to the basement.
hence, her storybook cottage was born!!! the cottage had a shake shingle roof, pegged hardwood floors, bright red custom kitchen cabinets, and two dutch front doors... one entering into the dining room and the other entering into her living room.
she lived here until the late 1950's then sold her home to a local architect and his wife, who closed in the carport (he transformed this large room into a work area for design) and finished out all the basement with carpeting, hardwood paneling, and drywall.
the architect and his wife raised their family in this house.
after the couple's sons were grown and had both headed away to college, the two decided to purchase a piece of property in the downtown area. he wanted to open up his business there and design an ultra modern apartment for the two of them above his business.
so, the architect and his wife sold their cottage on the lane to a small family of three. the young couple had one daughter...
this is the story of how i came to live on the lane...
the first time:)
love and God's blessings,