When the new owners started the renovation on their Elm Street home, it was no nightmare.
Instead, Daisy Beacon and her husband Mario Meunier discovered the log foundations of a building that they have dated back to the nineteenth century.
“It started up in the back bedroom and that was the first wall Mario was stripping it out and he got the first drywall off of the plaster and found the old style, ” said Beacon.
“Top to bottom, it was a full log house, ” she said noting the main corners of the house are all dovetailed and hand cut.
“All the old stuff, it was a discovery, ” stated Meunier. “I like old houses, so this fits me better than a brand new build. ”
“I never been in such a solid house; it is absolutely amazing, ” he said.
Will Rowe is the real estate agent in charge of the booking.
He said the home is “an absolute gem. ”
Rowe said the home was “like swimming in the ocean and finding a treasure chest on the bottom of the sea. ”
The couple, Daisy Beacon and her husband Mario Meunier, had no idea kind of gem they had on their hands until they opened the walls during the renovation process, revealing the centuries-old beams.
“They had no idea what they had until they started taking it apart, ” Rowe noted.
The couple say they have heard two stories about the original location of the house — the home was moved in 1954 to make room for the canal — either from closer to Mud Lake or further south, nearer to the dog park.
Based on the evidence they gathered during the renovations, Meunier believes the home was at one point a carriage house.
Pointing to one of locations in the home where the rustic supports can be seen, Meunier explains how that portion of the house in one point was used for marking harnesses.
Based partially on the type of nails used on the particular construction they guess the building it at least 222 years old.
“We tried to put the fireplace back again where we where it had been originally but it’s a modern fireplace, ” Beacon mentioned.
In addition to lifting the house to build a foundation, it also has modern electric, never having knob and tube wiring. They kept some beams exposed on the bottom level plus upgrades and modernized all the other features.
Upstairs, it would be hard to guess the age of the house without first noticing how deeply set in the wall the windows are.
This isn’t the first historic building the couple he renovated and Meunier hopes it will not be the last.
He said he is setting his eyes on a stone building for the next renovation project.
The three-bedroom, two-bath Carriage House is located north of Port Colborne and south of Forks Road East on Elm Street. The home sits on a country property boasting three-quarters of an acre with a small wood lot at the back.