Friday, July 16, 2010

To preserve or not to preserve


I came across this sign pinned to a power pole near our house.  Our neighbourhood is pretty good for keeping old homes intact but not always, apparently. I can understand, but sometimes you just don't have a choice. Some old homes are rotting, the electrical is dangerous, and then there is asbestos to mull over. I'm definitely all for salvaging an old home versus tearing down, if you can. I'd love to hear your thoughts on this!

This couple is all for preserving, reusing and recycling. I shot this home, and the homeowner's many animals, a couple of years ago. I don't think they ever bought anything new, and their home was lovely. Todd built the garden table and chairs with reclaimed wood, and created the "chandelier" in their dining room. Pretty clever guy.



I'm a big believer in reusing and recycling as well, so when I spotted these old wood boxes at Stepback, I picked them up for all my back up dvds. They hold hundreds! Apparently these boxes were used to house fire extinguishers. I'm trying to sort out my office, so these will help as well as look kinda happy.


Hope you all have a fabulous weekend! Back on Monday with a cookie.

24 comments:

SUNDAY COLLECTOR said...

It's very common in Sydney to be made to keep the original facade of a historical house and completely refurbish the inside, when it has, like you said - rotting etc. I think this is a happy medium. It's so important to preserve original architecture.

Dyche Designs said...

Loving that chandelier . . . great CD storage idea.

Kitty M said...

Have a great weekend Janis - I'll look forward to those cookies to cheer up a back to work day Monday! What a beautiful home - I wish I was that resourceful and creative :-) xxx

Dumbwit Tellher said...

I'm always a bit sad when I see old, architecturally interesting homes torn down; especially for those fugly McMansions that spring up everywhere here & in the oddest of places (no zoning,can you believe it?). But like you stated, on the flip-side it may be not practical or feasible to save a structure. Your neighbors are an amazing couple. Reality tells me that they are not the norm. So many men (& especially women) are not very handy and are lucky to turn on the power drill. I love to re-purpose and re-use, makes me feel like I'm doing something 'good'. Your cd boxes are great, very clever!! Terrific post and hope your weekend is off to a good start? Time for us all to relax & enjoy the summer sun xx

Colleen said...

...If they can be ....save em!...but there are problems!...love the home!

koralee said...

What a lovely home! I so agree with saving homes..but realize they can not always be saved.
Your red boxes are lovely...I am soooo into red these days..Happy weekend..oh can't wait for another cookie..you are keeping my daughter busy this Summer...she loves making your recipes..you are keeping her mother..fat and happy!
Hugs. xoxo

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

I feel like it is such a fun challenge to find what I am looking for instead of buying what I am looking for- It takes time- especially since my husband and I are not 'builders' and the universe sometimes takes time to answer our requests but it makes me FEEL so GOOD to reuse-
My parents taught me this and minus the period in my life when I was self consious about looking 'cheap' I have been happy to reuse and recycle most of the things my family uses-Thank G-D my husband supports me!

Is that an Emu? I keep on staring at it and am trying to figure it out...

Your new red boxes are perfect!

Lovely to find your blog- Definitely inspirational and I'll be back!

Marisa Midori said...

I agree with you and am all for salvaging old houses or other buildings if it is practical and safe. They just don't build things like they used to! I love the details on old buildings (and especially despise all of the housing developments with their cookie cutter houses that have been springing up around me). I'm hoping to check out what they've done with the Vogue this summer before I head back to school.

Lovely photos (as always!) and I love your repurposed fire extinguisher cases!

P.S. It took me a second to figure out that there was a bird in the photo with the couple. I kept looking at it thinking "Where is that dog's head?!"

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

lovely home here...just love it

well...we re-did a 100 year old cottage in the old historic railroad district here in san luis obispo...people thought we were crazy...but we did it and we love it...i just like anything old...not too much into new...

Teddy : what a darling little doll...i will tell you this...he has mended a VERY VERY broken heart. i thought i would never be the same after Buddy died...but little Teddy has helped his mommy over a very tough time...

we just adore him.

sending love to you this beautiful july weekend

kary and teddy
xxx

BALLET NEWS said...

As long as it's practical, salvage is great...

lisaroyhandbags said...

I've been witness to a complete neighbourhood transformation in our previous neighbourhood in Oakville, Ontario where the most charming wooden clapboard homes have been torn down and replaced with boring beige stucco monster homes, too big for the properties and all looking the same. The charm is gone which is what this neighbourhood was always known for. Such a shame.
We owned an 1850 stone home in Gananonque, Ontario a few years ago and completely rebuilt the front vestibule in its original style and sourced out a "new" reclaimed door from that period which we painstakingly refinished. It was a pleasure to restore a gorgeous home instead of putting up new siding and an aluminum door like many of the other stone homes in the town. I am all for restoring the old, even if it means keeping the outside intact and gutting the inside if necessary. : )

jules @ The Diversion Project said...

man, i love those boxes! cool score.

I agree about preserving old as best you can, but sometimes you just can't and i think sometimes people buy an old home with no real concept of just how much it costs. sad though.

hope you have an ace weekend, jx

mise said...

It's true, old is often good, and that's one thing the world of blogs did for me: it made me realise that I'm a victim of consumerism for buying new stuff. Your red boxes are wonderful - charmingly old and clearly genuine.

Lady Grey said...

I agree completely. There is nothing more lovely than a beautifully kept old home. New homes just can't possibly compete with that kind of character.... but sometimes old homes must be put down. Uncared for and unstable, rotting... there are limits!
My dream is to move into a very old home one day, one that's in good condition anyway ; )
oxo

The Zhush said...

That couple is so talented and creative, their home looks really great.

Paul said...

We live in a house built in 1948 and we love it. It has it's draw backs with maintenance because it wasn't always well cared for but once we finish getting her into shape she'll be good for at least another 70 years or so.

Missing Goat said...

i want those boxes! If it's a older home, but wiring etc.. is safe, then please save it. But, like the home we shot in Style at Home right now, it has such endless problems, that it simply must come down.
I'm always sad when an old home is bought, riped down with no thought at all, then a big giant is put in it's place.

wishful nals said...

love the wooden boxes!

bluehydrangea said...

I totally believe in saving whatever, whenever you can. We bought a hideous flat roof 50's house with a fabulous floor plan and a double lot. Everyone said tear it down, divide the lot and build two new houses. Uh, no thanks. After a major remodel and several more to come we love our new/old home!!

Robe said...

I always make a point to RE-CYCLE beer and wine bottles, then open and RE-PEAT the process!

soulflower said...

if you can save it...save it...it is a pain though...i live in a home built in 1928...we gutted the kitchen and the bathroom...the kitchen is almost put back together and well the bathroom has drywall at least...the house is modern inside though...we just need more money to finish things up...did you hear that money gods...send some okay?

Millie said...

The Man-of-the-House is a re-user big time. As we are renovating he spends a lot of time down at our local Garbage Tip purportedly getting rid of our building debris. He brings home more stuff than he takes, so I've had to flash the red card at him & put the Tip guys on notice not to 'encourage' him. It's not working.
Millie ^_^

Jen said...

I'm definately an advocate of preserving but like most people, I don't know one thing about preserving. I'm not a fit it upper person and I know nothing about woodwork, piping, permits, electrical, floor plans, etc. etc. This is why I guess i'm an advicate of just starting new and fresh and of course having someone else do the building ;-)

flo said...

What a wonderful house !