The second apartment at the Milkint Building is almost ready for tenants. This is the original kitchen wallpaper. I love the early 1900s charm of the wallpaper, but unfortunately it was too damaged to save.
This photo shows the new trim cut to match the original trim in the blog post below. Very little of the original details could be salvaged, as the roof had collapsed on this side of the building, leaving the rooms exposed to the elements.
One apartment done, five to go. We have tenants moving into the next apartment on November 1, and Kevin is working hard to get everything done in time. This apartment is on the top floor on the side of the building where the roof had collapsed, and very little of the original details could be salvaged. Instead, Kevin found floors that matched the original pine floors and trim with the same profile as the original trim. This photo shows the living room (and the original trim) as it looked when we bought the building.
This kitchen was a little tricky, because the space is so small, but it all worked out in the end. Everything in the kitchen is new, but we think the cabinets and the sink complement the old charm of the building.
We love the transom doors in the building. Almost all doors in the building are original, such as this bedroom door.
We were able to save and refurbish the sink you can see in the previous photo. We're trying to save as many of the original details as possible, and all the bathrooms in the building feature vintage sinks that are original to the building.
This photo shows what the bedroom in the previous blog post looked like before renovation.
The smallest of the six apartments at 172 Spruce Street is ready for tenants. The floors in this apartment were badly damaged (after the ceiling on this side of the building had collapsed one winter) and we had to choose whether to try to salvage the original floors, or put in new floors. We kept the floors, and many of the details in the apartment are original to the building, such as the trim work, wainscoting, bathroom sink, and transom doors. The windows are new, but custom-ordered to fit the historic profile of the building. We hope our new tenants will be happy in this space!
We've been able to use all original doors throughout the apartment building. The only places where we've had some problems are in the apartments built to ADA standards, where the doors have to be wider than the original doors. We can buy new doors, but we prefer vintage. So far, we've been lucky and we've found vintage doors that will fit.
Going for an evening walk (in pajamas) along the rail trail. The rail trail, which you can see from the Milkint Building, is perfect for walks and bike rides.