Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The Newlyweds' Cottage - Before

John Sr. and Maymie had The Newlywed Cottage built for their son John Jr. & his new bride Annie just before the U.S. entered World War II.  It was a little home with a living room, kitchen, and dining room on the first floor and the bedroom & bath up on the second.  The parents lived on the property just two houses down from the honeymooners.  When John Jrs. parents passed, the couple moved into the bigger house and rented out their first home for the rest of their lives.

When I bought the cottage it had been vacant for quite a while.  The layout of this small home was not too much different than it had been when the cottage was originally built in the early 1940's.  There were a few clear changes to the finishes inside and out, but in most ways it had been the same for three quarters of a century. 

This was a fun project.  I really enjoyed making the most of what we had to work with and I hope you all like what we ended up with.  Stay tuned for more.


  1. I have watched this house my entire life..always thinking how beautiful it could be..and now it is!! Can't wait to see more!

  2. I've always thought that this cottage could be SO cute all fixed up. Hope it's finished soon!

    1. I lived there!!!!! Thank you for doing this. I loved this little house. If you need any physical history from "back when" just holler. LOL 910-583-7200

  3. This house looked like if the wind blew to hard it would just crumble. It's beautiful now. Can't wait to see the show.

  4. My sister lived in that home for a while with her first husband.