Vintage Home Magazine & Television, is delighted to begin a new chapter in its rich tradition of digital publishing and film making, in presenting Vintage Homes of Nova Scotia! A new digital series of articles, audio and video presentations centered in beautiful Nova Scotia, for those people who own, or are planning on owning a traditional or vintage home.
In 1914, my grandfather, Richmond Dorey, built this little building for my grandmother Amy to operate as an ice cream parlour. My father, Albert Dorey, was eight years old at the time and this became a bit of a family business.
On this episode of the Chris Cooper Show… I will be visiting Carla Emin in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia – Carla is living the proverbial Canadian dream of living in an old house that has been beautifully restored – with a successful business just steps from her back door.
Old doors have been given a bad rap (excuse the pun) for a long time! The removal of old doors (not unlike wood windows) can significantly reduce or destroy the character and authenticity of a traditional home. The door is the first thing that greets the owner and visitors alike. The warmth and character of an old wood door – specifically one which denotes the very design style it was intended for – should be kept and restored at all costs. Its removal and replacement with a modern insulated doors with its flat, uninspired panels which scream “fake”, is a abomination to your traditional house. We hope the following grouping of amazing doors and surrounds will help inspire you to restore your own original doors or bring back original details. Enjoy…
Let us be clear, this is not the story of a restoration. In the words of Leslie Langille, the owner of the Pickup House in Granville Ferry, Nova Scotia, “For it to be a restoration, there would need to be something original left in place to restore.”
After years of an inexorable slide into deterioration, there was indeed very little original material left in place. For the lack of a better term, I suppose that this could be called a sympathetic renovation.