Before & After ~ The William David and Matilda Fyke House, called Fyke’s Grove, is a great example of what can be done to save a historic house with the right combination of knowledge and other resources. Photos from owner.
When David and Missy Fyke purchased a property with an abandoned old house on it in Cedar Hill, TN, they were planning to build a new house. Then, Missy’s research showed that the seriously deteriorated house on the property was built by David’s great great grandparents around 1880 and had been the childhood home of his great grandfather. It was sold out of the family in the 1920s. Plans for a new house were set aside and the Fykes undertook the restoration of Fykes Grove.
From the failing foundation and termite infested sills to the rusted-through metal roof, the historic family house was rehabilitated and brought back to life. The “after” photo shows the house nearly complete after two years of work. The brackets over the columns at the porch eaves haven’t been put back yet and skirting the base of the porch remains to be done, but the house is ready to house another generation of Fykes.
All the stages of restoration needed to save a house like Fyke Grove are covered in “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”
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