You never know what you will find while renovating an old house. As we continue to follow the progress on the renovation of an eighteenth century farm house, the point is driven home even deeper.
The contractors removed the rotting floor boards from the back porch and got a big surprise. I too was startled when I almost steped into the 30 foot deep hand dug well while on a site visit. We were amazed at the beauty of the stonework and the idea that someone had not only dug this well by hand, but had lined it with stone starting over 30 feet down. As the home was added onto over the centuries, this well had been abandoned and a porch built over it, even though it still contains water to this today.
As the contractors opened up walls and removed trim boards we found a lot of rot and therefore the front porch had to be removed. In addition, the whole house was leaning about 4 inches to one side and needed to be braced and straightened. This may sound shocking, but to anyone who has done work on really old homes which are in poor repair, none of these conditions were outdside the norm.
When we looked into the walls we did find some interesting wall construction including a form of wattle-and-daub (mud and timbers or sticks) and even brick in-fill.