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Grout Cottage: Meet & Greet

by Sarah on November 26, 2012, 16 comments

I’d like to introduce you to my newest project—the Grout Cottage.

She’s hurtin’ and the people in the neighborhood are delighted that we plan to rescue the house and so am I.

For a proper introduction– here are some basic stats,

  • Built in 1895 (the oldest property we’ve renovated to date)
  • Two story, Queen Anne
  • Duplex; two apartments both two bedroom, one bath
  • Has some original stained glass windows
  • German wood lap siding
  • metal roof
  • has small dilapidated carriage house in rear w/ dirt floor

Queen Anne architecture will incorporate bay windows to avoid smooth surfaces, one of the unique features in this house is the single cutaway bay window on the right corner with bracket detailing.

Moving around to the rear, this is lovely isn’t it. I’m looking forward to improving that upstairs porch. If you’re thinking it looks structurally unsound…you’d be correct.

the old carriage house,

up close,

We’ll begin in the first floor apartment because the upstairs is currently occupied,

Current living room,



Kitchen– the previous owner started some renovation when the apartment was vacant,

they terminated the chimney in the kitchen and framed in what looks to be a pantry,


Hall, nice little stained glass window to let some light in


The bathroom had already been gutted and re-framed. There’s no window in here and they actually left a cavity on the right side which creates an opportunity to expand and widen the room.

Bedroom 1,


Bedroom 2,


Are you excited for demolition to begin on Monday?


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16 thoughts on “Grout Cottage: Meet & Greet

  1. All of those ugly ceiling tiles are now gone. We’ve got a great plan for increasing closet space and making a little rear mudroom/laundry area out of 1/2 closed in back porch. Very exciting!

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  6. Love this old beauty! I also have a Queen Anne house that was built in 1896~still am renovating~a work in progress. It has 9 large rooms on one level~beautiful chandeliers~a lovely pine-framed fireplace, and front porch with swing. Best of luck in your project!

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