Restoring the W. J. Kent House, Circa 1890The property was purchased in 1982 from the Estate of Beryl Kent, daughter of William J., the original owner.
During the first year, a century of dirt and grime was removed; the house made water tight and storm windows were installed. This was followed by the installation of a 9’ foundation, all new clapboards, exterior trim work, roof and a new veranda identical to the one removed in the 1930’s.
During the proceeding 25 years, each room was completely restored using period correct materials with attention being paid to every detail.
While traveling across Canada and the United states, every opportunity was taken to visit other restored Heritage homes and Museums for study and inspiration. The formal rooms were than decorated in high Victorian style, using rich reproduction wallpapers, fabrics, paint schemes and carpets.
Little by little the house has become more beautiful and warmer and I love the sense of being linked to the past and appreciate the artistry and craftsmanship that went into the restoration.
Old houses are a fragile resource. They are a responsibility and a commitment and a considerable amount of work. They are also one of the greatest sources of pride and satisfaction a homeowner can experience.
By Barbie Reynolds