When you physically take apart a place that has been someone's home for half a century, things get discovered.
Here, as we were taking up the solid White oak floor in the bedroom, we realized a few things.
First there was the GLITTER! A lot of glitter! I remember having a conversation with another architect friend about how clean he thought wood floors were compared to carpet because carpet held in all this 'stuff'. Had to chuckle when we found a lot of STUFF, under this floor.
Also, there was a distinct scent in the air. Between the crew, we decided it would best be described as "English Lavender Perfume". Scents are powerful things, and you can't help but think of the person or people that are associated with them. We all had certain people that it reminded us of; grandmother, aunt, old girlfriend? We think it is important to remember that the places we build hold memories, and impressions of lives that live there.
We hope that they enjoyed the home very much. I know I did when I lived there, and I can only hope that the new home we are building on this spot will house future good memories!