The Layout

Today we're getting a replacement dumpster -- as you know, the other one was packed to the gills. Our plan is to tackle the rest of the music room. I was about to say "tackle the remains of the room" and realized that is also a statement of fact. Ha!

It won't be anything as hairy as ripping the ceiling out, but still dusty and messy. The strange little closet is coming out as well as the water-damaged plaster in one corner, along with the plaster around the fireplace so's to expose the chimney. Don't you know, I'll have pictures of that soon!

My dear ol' Mississippi Mama (or Memphis Mama if you wanna get technical) requested a visual of the layout of the house, so I went to Floor Planner and put something together. It's not exact but you'll get the idear. I meant to spell it like that ;) It's hard to read what's what on the floor plan below...turns out it's not very legible. Ah, well. 

Below I've listed the layout from L to R:

Music Room (with baby closet)/Dining Room/Office
Back Bedroom/Kitchen
Closet/Bathroom/Utility Room

There you have it. 

A couple of days ago, I discovered a blog called Gardens to Gables, which is written by a Montgomery County native, Janie-Rice Brother.  She is an architectural historian who specializes in the architecture of this region and I sent her a message telling her about our house. She was so kind to share some information with me:
"It is a T-plan, which was one of the most popular styles in Kentucky after the Civil War. There are one and two story versions. Stylistically it borrows from a number of national styles, including Gothic Revival, Italianate, Queen Anne/Folk Victorian (porch detailing). Vernacular buildings (this encompasses most of Kentucky) often don't have one style. They incorporate several."
So, I was on to something! The house is a variety of styles, which was very common in that era. It was awesome to get some insight from someone so knowledgable. She also mentioned to me that the house/neighborhood is listed in the National Historic Register and we can potentially apply for a tax credit for our renovations. The next thing on my to-do list is to visit the Montgomery County Museum and the Historical Society to see what else I can dig up!

If you're interested in knowing more about Janie-Rice Brother about hiring her to assess your old home, visit her blog, Facebook page, or Instagram account. 

There's a great article written about her in the Lexington Herald Leader about her work here.

That's about it from me today. I have been battling ye ole allergy & sinus crud for the past few days. Ugh. I felt something coming on right before we tore the ceiling out last Friday, and the gunk from that, no doubt, kicked all that into gear. Blah.

p.s. May is Historic Preservation Month in Kentucky! There are some events and lectures still happening in the area.

Hope you're having a good week --


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