Captain Hardy Smith House

The Captain Hardy Smith House is located in Dublin, Georgia. It is the oldest home in Dublin on its original location. Built in 1873 it is located at 307 West Gaines Street in Downtown Dublin.

The restoration of the home included searching for mature pine suitable for cutting the large barge boards with no knots. The ones used came from the Altamaha Swamp around Hindsville, Georgia.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Office Floor Renovation

Office floor had been done after the home was purchased but it did not last long. Therefore an effort to completely redo the floor was undertaken.

This is a closeup of the floor before redoing it. The previous effort was not holding up.

Some repairs had to be done.

The sanding effort half way through. All done by hand. The reason why is the boards are not completely flat.

Done with sanding.

Next step a natural stain.

Two coats of poly with a sealer to preserve the surface.

When the home was purchased in October of 2007 this was my office.

 Now the completed project. The finest office I have ever had.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

New side steps

Side steps were in need of replacing.

Quite an effort to remove all the boards

Due to the almost 100 degree weather had to bring out the tent!

Most of the step boards were beyond repair. However, a couple were ok when flipped over and the one shown here was 3 pieces glued to make one. On the white back boards about half were replaced and the rest restored.

Putting on the top coat for the steps.

 New steps!

Complete view after scraping, sanding and repainting the entire section of steps, railing and side.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

New steps and look for front porch

The front steps were in need of replacing. In addition the rails had rotten wood. 

New boards

Fresh coat of a dark grey

Repair of the railing. Lucky that the left side was in pretty good shape to restore.

 New top rail a real job.

Decided to pain the front porch as it was quite aged.

New front porch look.

New steps, rail repair and front porch painted.

Nice clean new look for the front porch. 

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Dining room restoration

3 years in the making. A restored dining room

Used as storage until restoration

Before Dry Wall installation

Dry Wall Installation by Edmudo!

Sanding Dry Wall..not fun!


Corner Posts before and then after

Crown molding from old blue house with a dead man works!

Restoring the Floor

Trap door to the root cellar. Floor boards are from the old blue house. This in order to match the rest of the floor.

Floor board restoration. Covered by paint.

Window restoration

Windows in the dining room were single pane replacements. Original windows were rotten. So blue house windows were restored for use.

Window Installed

These old windows use weights to move up and down

Old blue house window rollers. From rusted to restored.

Chair rails from old blue house

Restored base boards and chair rails.....all set for installation

Doorway before installation

Heart pine door from old blue house.

Original Hardy Smith Door