The Orchard House project
The Orchard House is an old tenant house on the Uphill Art Farm property. Information about its early history is scarce, but it seems likely that it was built in the late 1800s or early 1900s. It was the residence for the farm managers until the mid-1980s, after which it was abandoned.
In late 2015, I decided to renovate the structure for use as a personal home in my role as the manager of the North Mountain artist residency.
The project is being managed and built by Mike Lemaster of Mighty Oak Contracting. Mike has a great deal of experience in historic preservation and reconstruction. We worked together on a previous project at the farm (a remodel of an old screen porch into a light and spacious studio), and I’m very pleased to be working with him again.
As the reconstruction progresses, I’ll update this page with documentation of the project.
- The past: The house as it stood before reconstruction began
- A possible future: An overview of the design plan
- Demolition: Disassembling: The great disassembly
- Reconstruction, part 1: The beginnings of a new life
- Reconstruction, part 2: Reframing the past
- Reconstruction, part 3: Putting flesh on the bones