Everyone loves a good make over. The third floor of this house, now dubbed the creepy floor, will be the ultimate make over. Back in the day, we think these rooms were the sleeping rooms for the guests. Since the social rooms were on the second floor, this would make sense. In most old homes the servant quarters are on the third floor, but we hear there were separate buildings on the property. Maybe one day, we’ll solve that mystery. This floor also gets the award for most unknown noises and creepiness in general. If we ever look at each other and say, “Did you hear that?,” the noise probably came from the third floor. Ghost central: send in ghost busters.
Part of the third floor was removed during the 1930s and what’s left are five modestly sized bedrooms, and three bathrooms, plus a small storage closet. Each room and two of the bathrooms has a window, which provides plenty of natural light. I like the third floor, it’s quiet and the light is the Vermeer style side light, that’s naturally moody and beautiful. Our challenge in renovating this space is many. First, most rooms have no electricity. Yupp, this is true in 2014. Most rooms also have no heat. I know, shocker. There are lots of old radiators laying around though. There is piping for an old stove, and we could even put in a pellet stove. The electrical work won’t be that bad either, because there is easy access through the attic. So lots of technical renovation type stuff to do up here. There is one bathroom with the original sink and toilet, and a bathtub on it’s side. Lot’s of potential. We’d eventually like to move our office up here in one of the darker rooms (less sunlight is better for retouching on screens), make a non-working bathroom into a prop closet and convert the remaining rooms to bedrooms, that honestly would never be used unless we had the occasional guest. This is bonus space for us. I’d love to eventually make the bedroom on the east front of the house the room we shoot in for the blog. I love the light and it would make a great mini studio.
Right now the third floor reminds me of an Anthropology set with the original 1930s wall paper still up and the paster needing some work. I don’t think this floor has been seriously renovated since the 1930s. We found out recently there was a fire on the roof on the 50s, hence the water streaked walls. Lightening struck a tree close to the house and jumped to the roof. Scary! It will be a project, but when it’s done, it will be amazing.
Thanks for joining us on the Stony Ford tour of the third floor.