This charming Arts & Crafts style home located in the heart of Montgomery's famed Old Cloverdale neighborhood was built in 1910. The owners before Ashley and Barrett owned the home for 44 years. With only one slight renovation to the kitchen, the house remained untouched and in its original condition.
Old Cloverdale homes sit on prairie soil. For those of you not familiar with the area and the soil conditions, over time the soil expands and shifts which causes the home and foundation itself to shift. As you can see in the picture below, this home shifted all right -- to the tune of 8 inches in the back and 6 in the front.[caption id="attachment_1721" align="aligncenter" width="558" caption="notice that little dip in the back"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1720" align="aligncenter" width="558" caption="it kind of looks like this shape here -^-"][/caption]
In order to fix the foundation, every pier underneath the house had to be completely rebuilt. The home has a half basement that also had to be completely stabilized. In order for the home sit evenly, that pretty exposed brick chimney and the fireplace had to be disassembled so that the front and back of the second story could be moved.
Now that we've given you a taste of some of the work involved in fixing the foundation, we'd like to move on to the back "porch" area. Before Ashley and Barrett got their hands on the property, there was no central heating and air system. The previous owners had a white shingled roof and had a massive attic fan to keep the temperature cooler and air circulating in the summer months. How these people had a home in Montgomery, Alabama sans central air conditioning in 2007 is clearly beyond my comprehension, but I digress. An exterior smokestack on the rear of the home and solar panels on the front kept the home warm in the winter months. Note that the top and bottom rooms to the right in the pictures below were sleeping porches connected by a small interior staircase.
Below are the after shots of the backyard and the front of the home.
Here's a sneak peek for you: the previous owners loved green, avocado green in particular. If you look closely at some of the bricks on the chimney (in future, closer-up photos) you'll see that they are green. Throughout the coming weeks, we'll be giving you the interior befores and afters and showing you ways you can incorporate these ideas into your own home.
Have a great weekend!