Before & After ~ Surviving Fire

Before photo by Eric Jarmann.

Before & After ~ Surviving a Devastating Fire. This lovely house in Newburgh, NY, experienced a major fire that largely destroyed the second story and portions of the roof, caused by an overheated power strip. The first story rooms, with wonderful historic woodwork and other finishes, suffered water damage as well. Fortunately, the owners opted to restore and rebuild as it was. Work is still underway, but the exterior is largely completed.

I’ve passed by several times during construction and have been impressed with the quality of the workmanship. I took the “after” photo this past Sunday.

According to John Foreman of the Big Old Houses blog, the house started as a wood-framed Italianate style house (now the center portion of the long side). A Shingle Style addition was first built on the left side, and the original house was refaced in stone and shingle. A short time later, the right side addition was built with its prominent stone chimney and tower.

More about the house, including historic and pre-fire contemporary photos, can be found at: http://bigoldhouses.blogspot.com/2014/05/the-fixer-uppers-dream.html

All aspects of home restoration, including electrical updates and safety, are covered in “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”

Signed and personalized copies of the award-winning and bestselling 720-page hardcover book are available directly from the author in our shop, YourHistoricHouse.com/shop/.

It is also available in bookstores nationwide and from online retailers.

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