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.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Front Panel of House Restored

Aged to a faded grey...almost blue

First step is scrape and sand

Rotten wood

Ready for primer on the bad spots

     From primed to finished.

Painted windows all white for a clean new look!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Kitchen Side

Faded to blue but not in too bad a shape

Start at the bottom


Getting higher...much more difficult

Tricky with the roof outline.


Next step laddice works. All wood used for these laddices comes from the old timbers salvaged. A great way to add to the house.

Measuring and cutting just right.

Now complete on this view.

One more small one with the outline of the laddice cut from original trim used on the home. Always using old wood. Keeps the home close to original.

Small one done.

View of the 3 finished laddice works.

Comparison with and without.


Fresh paint on the back side

New fresh paint on the steps. Before and after shots

Total back side of kitchen before and after.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Office Exterior Painted

Back side of my office...faded by the restored.

Besides being high on the 40 foot ladder...dealing with the wasp nests was challenging......a few times one landed on my arm...

Of course I knocked down three wasp nests before painting the top part.

 This ladder has quite a history. It was purchased from Williams Contracting for $175 in 1987 at cost. I was working on an audit of the company and got a deal knowing the controller of the company through my work. It is made of aluminum and is very heavy which makes it safe to be on way above the ground.

Painting the tear drops meant a steady hand and careful balance way up there.

Now finished

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Dining Room Exterior Painted

From beginning to the end of painting one side of the back dining room.

Now for the back side of the dining room.

This particular area shows dark residue. This was from the bats that had taken up home in the dining room.

This video was taken 5 years ago. It shows the bats in action and the poop they had deposited in the back part of the dining room on the inside.

And now a recap of before and after for both sides of the dining room. Note the new windows from the old blue house vs the simple temporary windows!