Pennsylvania Limestone Farmhouse Renovations to an 1863 farmhouse built of limestone

April 30, 2014

One Down, Nine to Go!

Filed under: Basement,Dining Room,Stone house restoration — Duane Diefenbach @ 8:43 pm

I installed one of the original doors to the house on the way to the basement. When we bought the house there was a closet on the second floor – but when we restored the stairway we lost this closet – but we gained a door. I had to cut down the door a bit to fit, but it looks good.


I also had to repair the hole cut for the modern doorknob and prime and paint the door. Here it is installed.



Now all I have left to do is fit the one remaining antique door for the closet in our guest room. And build and fit 8 more doors in the rest of the house (old and new)!


  1. I just found your blog tonight, after googling German stone architecture. Thank you for documenting your journey of restoring this lovely stone home! We live in WI and are deeply considering buying a stone home here that was built in 1867. It is currently uninhabitable…and we would ideally rent for a year while restoring it back to “habitable” at least. It has a rich history and is on a beautiful site. The house looks so similar to yours, I loved walking the journey of restoration through your blog! Thank you for taking the time to share!

    Comment by Stephanie — April 13, 2015 @ 1:25 am

  2. Thanks for the kind words. And good luck should you decide to go through with the purchase/renovation. Start looking for a good stone mason now! 😉

    Comment by admin — April 13, 2015 @ 6:32 am

  3. Any updates? I recently found your blog and LOVE it! You’ve done an amazing job, I’m wondering how it’s looking now. 😀

    Comment by Ashley — August 1, 2015 @ 9:20 am

  4. I see now that it has been over a year since I have posted anything to the blog. Time flies. I have a final punch list of items to complete that is over 2 pages long! At the beginning of the summer I had 13 interior panel doors to construct for the closets. I mill the wood and construct, paint, and hang the doors. I am down to the last 4 doors… I guess what I should do is wrap up this project with lots of photos and the final list. That may happen but don’t hold your breath… I think I have done pretty well compared to other home restoration blogs. Thanks for reading!

    Comment by admin — August 1, 2015 @ 7:23 pm

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