House Update with Floor Plans…10/30/12

It is so exciting! Last week we were featured in The Greenville News. No, I am not 14 months pregnant, even though I look like it in the picture. I didn’t know they were taking my picture that day! The house movers have started cutting up the third floor…they will be cutting each floor into three pieces.

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We have been measuring the lot, trying to decide where the house will be positioned.

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This is where the front porch will be, see the two stakes?

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That is a well, conveniently located in front of the house. John thinks a fountain would be too pretentious…what do you think? Can you picture it? Nothing big and tacky, of course!

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I am including preliminary floor plans of the house today, but we only have good plans of the first and second floors. The cellar and third floor plans are still in progress. I think we will use the servants room as an office. The third floor has two bedrooms, a bathroom, attic storage, and an extra room that I think we will use for the boys’ den. We have a total of 5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths.
Here is the first floor plan:

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Here is the second floor plan:

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Kary

*Sometimes I link up at these parties…

Monday: Skip to my Lou, Between Naps on the Porch, Jam Hands, Home Stories A-Z, How to Nest for Less, Today’s Creative Blog, Thrifty Décor Chick, Not Just a Housewife, Boogieboard Cottage,Time Warp Wife, Chef In Training, The Ivy Cottage Blog, Holly’s Stamping Addiction, Serendipity and Spice, Homestead Revival

Tuesday: Bowl Full of Lemons, Organize & Decorate Everything, Primitive and Proper, homework, Tilly’s Nest, Elizabeth & Co., Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Project Queen, Sugar Bee Crafts, Time Warp Wife, Coastal Charm, The DIY Dreamer

Wednesday: House of Hepworths, Shabby Creek Cottage, Ivy and Elephants, Someday Crafts, the 36th Avenue, Southern Lovely, seven thirty-three, Semi-Homemade Mom, The Real Housewives of Riverton, lil pink pocket, Stone Gable, No Minimalist Here, A Creative Princess

Thursday: The Coloradolady, Common Ground,Five Days Five Ways , My Romantic Home, Delightful Order, Imparting Grace, My Repurposed Life, Liz Marie Blog, Redoux,

Friday: Tatertots & Jello, Funky Junk Interiors, Six Sisters Stuff, Serenity Now, Whipperberry, Nap Time Crafters, Sew Many Ways, Fox Hollow Cottage

Saturday: Positively Splendid

Sunday: Alderberry Hill, Flour Me With Love, Stone Gable, This Gal Cooks, Nifty, Thrifty Things

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We were featured in the Greenville News…Historic House on the Move


Greater Greer News 10/24/2012, Page A01
Historic house on the move in Greer
Couple to restore Barnwell home
By Katie Jones
Greater Greer News kjones4@greenvillenews.com
The Newsomes stumbled upon the Arthur Barnwell house.
Kary Newsome’s mom was having back surgery at the Village at Pelham — a stone’s
throw from the house on State14 in Greer. Her husband, John Newsome, went to check
on her mother when he found the house.
“We came up and looked around,” she said. “And fell in love with it.” So the Newsomes
purchased the house for $1.
“This is my home. This is my baby. I’m in love with it. It’s like a part of the family at this
point. We’ve spent so much time over here. I just love it.” They first found the house in
March 2012, bought it in May and began working on it the following summer, Newsome
said. Newsome said she hopes to move into the house within the next year, after the
house is moved about a mile away and restored.
“The important thing was to find a piece of land that it would have been there naturally,”
Newsome said. “We didn’t (want) it in a subdivision.” The house sits on eight acres but
the Newsomes only own the house. After the house is moved, they’ll grade the land for
the property owner so it can be sold for commercial development.
Moving the house will probably cost it its historic status, said Mike Bedenbaugh,
executive director of The Palmetto Trust for the Historic Preservation.
Being on the National Register allows for tax breaks, Bedenbaugh said, but it doesn’t
protect the house, a common misconception.
The Palmetto Trust was “so happy” to hear that the Newsomes were going take “the
time and money and effort to do this, which is substantial,” Bedenbaugh said.
“It’s terribly sad that the place can’t be kept where it was,” he said. “I’m glad some are
willing to make the sacrifice to take that extra step to make the investment to save what
they can of the building.” According to the South Carolina Archives and History
Department, the house was built between 1880 and 1900 in conjunction with Pelham
Mills and belonged to Arthur Barnwell, Pelham Manufacturing Co. president.
The house has a parlor, a secondary parlor, a library, a cellar, a butler’s pantry and a
maid’s bedroom. They’ve removed five chimneys and eight fireplaces from the house,
Newsome said.
The house will be divided into nine pieces — “three on top, three on the middle and
three at the bottom,” said Melvin Bradley, owner of Bradley’s House Movers.
The house has been severely vandalized. Windows and shutters have been busted out.
Obscenities, slurs and crude drawings have been spray painted on the walls. The
Newsomes have found drug paraphernalia inside.
Bedenbaugh said the vandalism was “one of the most terrible things to witness to
happen to this magnificent place.”
It’s a party house, Newsome said. Graffiti around the front door agrees, but it also states
that the house is haunted. But that’s not what the Newsomes see. “To some people this
is an abandoned house,” Newsomesaid.“But this is my home. This is where I plan to live
the rest of my life. It really makes me angry when people come in here and destroy my
home.” If the graffiti is accurate, vandals were in the house as recently as this summer
— “TD (hearts) KD 7/30/12.” “They come in and they party,” Newsome said. “They kick
out the windows. There was a guy living upstairs.”
John Newsome said he’s never moved a house before, but has restored a house.
The couple has four sons between them — 11, 14, 27 and 28 years old — and the
house has been “a big family project,” Newsome said. “They’ve all spent all summer
over here, working on the house,” she said. The house and its history are irreplaceable,
Newsome said. “You think about all the families that have lived here and had children
here and died here,” she said. “You can’t replace this.” Follow the Newsomes’ progress
at onedollarcottage.com/category/myhouse.
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Arthur Barnwell House, Moving Update, 10/8/12

What an exciting weekend! Our house mover started bringing in equipment!

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I was so happy when I saw the beams under the house, I almost started crying! It is finally happening!

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The boys had a blast with the skid steer over at the lot, clearing trees, rocks, vines and everything else to get the lot ready.

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There are a lot of decisions to be made. How far back will the house sit, where will the drive be, how much of a front walk do we want, which trees do we keep, where will the carriage house be…but it is fun deciding!
Woo hoo!

Kary

*Sometimes I link up at these parties…

Monday: Skip to my Lou, Between Naps on the Porch, Jam Hands, Home Stories A-Z, How to Nest for Less, Today’s Creative Blog, Thrifty Décor Chick, Not Just a Housewife, Boogieboard Cottage,Time Warp Wife, Chef In Training, The Ivy Cottage Blog, Holly’s Stamping Addiction, Serendipity and Spice, Homestead Revival

Tuesday: Bowl Full of Lemons, Organize & Decorate Everything, Primitive and Proper, homework, Tilly’s Nest, Elizabeth & Co., Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Project Queen, Sugar Bee Crafts, Time Warp Wife, Coastal Charm, The DIY Dreamer

Wednesday: House of Hepworths, Shabby Creek Cottage, Ivy and Elephants, Someday Crafts, the 36th Avenue, Southern Lovely, seven thirty-three, Semi-Homemade Mom, The Real Housewives of Riverton, lil pink pocket, Stone Gable, No Minimalist Here, A Creative Princess

Thursday: The Coloradolady, Common Ground,Five Days Five Ways , My Romantic Home, Delightful Order, Imparting Grace, My Repurposed Life, Liz Marie Blog, Redoux,

Friday: Tatertots & Jello, Funky Junk Interiors, Six Sisters Stuff, Serenity Now, Whipperberry, Nap Time Crafters, Sew Many Ways, Fox Hollow Cottage, Curb Alert!

Saturday: Positively Splendid

Sunday: Alderberry Hill, Flour Me With Love, Stone Gable, This Gal Cooks

Arthur Barnwell House Moving Update…10/2/12

I know I haven’t posted a moving update in a while, but we have been in a bit of a holding pattern! Here is a recap of what has happened since April:

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Here is what the house looked like when we found it. We removed the 5 chimneys, 8 fireplaces, foundation, doors, hardware, HVAC, moldings, wainscoting, and anything else that was removable. We cleared the trees and brush from around the house.

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This is what it looks like now. It is ready to move! The weather here in the upstate of South Carolina has not been cooperating with us. The house mover is bringing his equipment in as soon as the ground is dry enough, and we will clear the last of the trees from the front of the property, along with the gate. Then the house will be cut into 8 pieces, removed with a crane, loaded on a truck, and moved to its new home.

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Here are are youngest two boys exploring the lot…now we need to get it measured, and figure out exactly where the house will be. Then we build the foundation. We are trying to save as many of the old oak, hickory, and black walnut trees as possible. A few more weeks, and the house will be there! I am so excited, I can’t believe it is actually happening…woo hoo!

Kary

*Sometimes I link up at these parties…

Monday: Skip to my Lou, Between Naps on the Porch, Jam Hands, Home Stories A-Z, How to Nest for Less, Today’s Creative Blog, Thrifty Décor Chick, Not Just a Housewife, Boogieboard Cottage,Time Warp Wife, Chef In Training, The Ivy Cottage Blog, Holly’s Stamping Addiction, Serendipity and Spice, Homestead Revival

Tuesday: Bowl Full of Lemons, Organize & Decorate Everything, Primitive and Proper, homework, Tilly’s Nest, Elizabeth & Co., Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Project Queen, Sugar Bee Crafts, Time Warp Wife, Coastal Charm, The DIY Dreamer

Wednesday: House of Hepworths, Shabby Creek Cottage, Ivy and Elephants, Someday Crafts, the 36th Avenue, Southern Lovely, seven thirty-three, Semi-Homemade Mom, The Real Housewives of Riverton, lil pink pocket, Stone Gable, No Minimalist Here, A Creative Princess

Thursday: The Coloradolady, Common Ground,Five Days Five Ways , My Romantic Home, Delightful Order, Imparting Grace, My Repurposed Life, Liz Marie Blog, Redoux,

Friday: Tatertots & Jello, Funky Junk Interiors, Six Sisters Stuff, Serenity Now, Whipperberry, Nap Time Crafters, Sew Many Ways, Fox Hollow Cottage

Saturday: Positively Splendid

Sunday: Alderberry Hill, Flour Me With Love, Stone Gable, This Gal Cooks