Irish Church Renovation and Spiral Stairs

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Project by Paul posted 12-04-2015 04:57 PM 1121 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a job that kept me on my toes for a few months last year.The church was built of granite in 1840 and had fallen into disrepair.Turned it into a 2 bedroom house with spiral stairs and a curved balcony.The stair treads were brown oak from a tree that had been planted in the churchyard and had the good graces to fall over the year before the job,so it was recycled as it were.The spiral stair design was based on a 1990’s Fine Homebuilding article with a few modifications.Nicest place I ever did work.


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#1 posted 12-04-2015 10:47 PM

Paul, the staircase is an outstanding piece of work and the rest of the house looks great as well. You should raise a pint in your honor. :)

-- Art

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#2 posted 12-04-2015 11:20 PM

Great Job! My grandfather was a carpenter in a small town in Kansas – 100 years ago he bought the old Catholic Church and turned it into the family home – of course it was a wood frame building that the Church had ordered through the Sears Catalog. Family lived on the first floor and second floor rooms were rented out during the Depression. Current owners live on second floor and turned the first floor into a daycare center – not sure how much of his custom woodwork has survived. Nice to see another old church saved and renovated with great craftsmanship. Thanks for posting and reminding me of my heritage.

-- Leafherder

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#3 posted 12-05-2015 03:21 AM

Wow, what an amazing work! It’s totally beautiful.

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#4 posted 12-05-2015 05:14 AM

My God – this is wonderful. What a great project.

-- Noel

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#5 posted 12-05-2015 06:24 PM

Fantastic project! The was not the only recycled part – the whole church is recycled!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#6 posted 12-05-2015 10:17 PM

Divine inspiration to say the least!

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#7 posted 12-06-2015 12:11 AM

I forgot the word “tree” in my comment!!

Oh well… ;)

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#8 posted 12-06-2015 10:18 PM

fantastic job. Well done.

-- Cad a dheanfaimid feasta gan adhmad.......?

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#9 posted 12-07-2015 09:07 AM

love those gothic arches! beutifull renovation

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#10 posted 12-07-2015 01:10 PM

Great Job. Are they actual graves outside your front door?

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#11 posted 12-07-2015 08:31 PM

Paul, that looks like quite an undertaking. Very nice work. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#12 posted 12-07-2015 08:50 PM

Taking another look at this amazing project. Were you able to salvage and restore any of the original interior trim? Some of those doors and balustrades look like they might be original. If so GREAT restoration job and thank you for preserving pieces of history that otherwise might have been lost. If not then BRAVO for the skill needed to replicate the styles and utilize them in the design so they look authentic.


-- Leafherder

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