Finished photos only provide a hint of the actual work involved in rehabilitating homes. In this case the two homes had been modified many times since the late 1870’s. Extra porches, exterior stairs, aluminum and vinyl siding were all removed first, before any interior work was done. The original exterior wooden siding was stripped and either repaired or replaced as needed. Then came the herculean task of lifting both houses to provide access for basement construction, as the original homes were built on wooden pilings! The resulting exterior photos give the appearance that the homes have been sitting quietly on this site for 130+ years.