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Tour of Homes. The Capt Hardy Smith house

The local TV station here in Dublin interviewed John about the history of the Capt Hardy Smith house recently. Click on the following link and enjoy the show. Tour of Homes- The Capt Hardy Smith house


Renovation Update- HSH- July 2012

July 16, 2012 Capt Hardy Smith House
New gate on breezeway. Completed July 2012.
Good afternoon everyone. A typical warm, sunny mid July day here in Dublin, GA. The grass has been mowed and is green and beautiful. John just built from original wood, scraps from the house, a 'new' gate for the breezeway to keep our wandering dogs from escaping. It has a latch and handle to make coming and going easy. He may need to add more support to the side because of the weight. There are only 2 hinges on one side for support..

He is now working on repairing, caulking and priming the trim work on both sides of the breezeway (including all the railing) for the final coat of paint which will be an oil based semi gloss or possibly gloss white. After two years of attempting to get in contact with the owner to find out the paint color used on the exterior of the house that was once the president's home of North Georgia College up in Dahlonega, GA, success! John will be picking up a gallon of this very unique color in a couple of weeks. We want to duplicate the color on the Hardy Smith house. I think it will look beautiful. If things go as planned, the exterior paint work will start next year..Exterior trim work repairs need to be completed first. That will take some time to do. John wants to do as much work himself before we bring the pros in the finish the rest.
Exterior trimwork repair.
As you can see from the picture, John has been up on the ladder scraping off old paint, repairing and or replacing wood and sanding. I won't get up on that ladder. The railing on both sides of the new gate have been repaired, caulked, sanded and primed. I will help paint of course. That is the fun part :) . That is the progress report from the Capt Hardy Smith house for the month of July 2012. Keep checking back for more updates as the renovation/restoration continues.


HSH Update: 2nd Guest Bedroom

Hello all. Spring has sprung and Summer is almost here. It has been several months since I posted  my last entry. Life has been pretty busy at the Capt Hardy Smith house. The 2nd guest bedroom upstairs, except the floor is complete as of mid March 2012. It took many months of painstakingly hard work to repair the walls and floor boards to get the room ready to prime and paint. We choose seashell white for the walls and tan linen for the trim work. I look forward to decorating and moving my office in there soon.

We have had a very pleasant Spring so far this year. 'Mother Nature' has provided the much needed rain at the appropriate times for our new grass to green up and our Confederate Jasmine to grow and bloom.
The shady side of the house is still 'stubborningly' slow to grow grass in the bald spots we tried to eradicate last year. John planted new centipede seeds in March. We have had quite a bit of Magnolia leaf drop this year. Hopefully the cycle is about over. The two little Magnolia trees on the west side of the house are thriving. The 'Knock Out' rose bush given to us by our neighbor, Mary Townsend, is doing very well. I call it the 'Townsend' rose bush, in honor of Ms Townsend, who has lived across the street from the house since the 1940s.

A couple of days ago, John got under the house and started to clean out things out. He found a silver plated spoon from the early 1900s that perhaps a child may have used to play with.

He also found a cast iron cooking kettle that he just restored.

He found a gecko that changed color..It looked like a monster to me when I saw the picture of it. I told him to be careful with the black widow and recluse spiders under there. Who knows, the Confederate Gold may be hidden somewhere under the house. Time to get out the metal detector and other tools again...More treasures possibly await us to be discovered, who knows.

Our day business has picked up which leaves us just the weekends and a few hours during the week to focus on the house restoration. The money has to come from somewhere :)  So that is all for now on what is going on at the Capt Hardy Smith house. Keep checking back for updates as the renovation continues. Thanks for visiting my blog.

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