More Bungalow Archaeology

Category: Restore & Repair

When living in a house you are restoring, you often struggle with priorities.  What can be done to make this space liveable versus what should be done in the order that you would normally do things if you were sane, or had more money, or had a different place to sleep in?

We are doing the floors first instead of last in the kitchen and two back bedrooms.

This, of course, necessitates that we return to a state of full-out chaos instead of the semi-chaos we live with on a daily basis.




(The person who suggested an exersaucer for Grace as a containment device while we are working is a genius.  Take a bow.)

This weekend, in preparation, we had to tear apart the kitchen again.  The kitchen that is temporary anyway as we will be REALLY renovating it when we have saved the money to do so.

We hauled out the appliances, which was quite a trick since they are so large we have no idea how they got INTO the kitchen in the first place.  Perhaps, much like a practical joke dreamt up by a gang of MIT students, each appliance was brought into the house piece by piece and reassembled in the middle of the kitchen with the express purpose of making our weekend a challenge.  Each appliance was EXACTLY 1/2 inch larger in width than the two doors leading into the kitchen and I maintain that, to achieve exactness, there MUST have been some planning involved. 

Eventually, we wrestled the giant-in-a-way-that-is-completely-out-of-proportion-to-the-space refrigerator into the front sunroom.


Now, when I stumble downstairs in the middle of the night to get a glass of cold water, I open the fridge door and the neighborhood can see what is in there.  If someone shows up on our doorstep some morning with a gallon of milk because "[they] noticed that [we] were running out", I will know that we have reached a new low in sharing our homelife with the world. 

Interestingly, with the appliances completely cleared out of there for the first time, we finally have a sense for the original footprint of the kitchen.  I think we have also solved a mystery.



It seems that back in 1914, when the house was built, that there was a pantry in the corner of the room.  You can see the base of the walls that were torn down within the floor.


I have to dash off in a moment so, tomorrow, I'll share the details of what we've uncovered and our reasoning behind our conclusions.   

However, if you can spot some of the clues in these pictures, have at it! 

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Hey - you don't by chance have a milk delivery door, do you? I see that white thing in the back...

Pantries are a godsend. Are you guys going to put one back in?

I looked at this and saw my house. I am renovating/restoring a 1920 Bungalow around three very small kids. The exersaucer is a great containment device. Unfortunatly once they're too big for that the only other thing is duct tape and its really leaving a mark on my kids hands and feet. :)

Argh. I will weep the day that she outgrows her exersaucer. Which will be soon. The kid is over 27 inches long at 6 months, in the 95 percentile of height for kids her age.

She is LONG.

No kids here yet :)

could it have been a butler's pantry? not sure where the door goes. remember, in 1914 there weren't things like refridgerators and dishwashers so there probably won't be logical locations for them. depending on the availability of ice there may have been an ice box - with a possible delivery door like the milk door mentioned above.

hmmm..I'm curious where that door goes to? a pass thru pantry? Your bungalow probably had those very cool built in cabinets I always admire.

Those exersaucers can be death traps, so I never admitted to using and loving mine very much ;)


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