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The Wilderness Restoration Project

The Wilderness Restoration Project
  • 2002 -1st floor restorations included extensive plaster repair and painting; wood floors repaired and refinished; kitchen re-do; bathroom re­do; exterior painted and repaired (shutters, stucco, shingles); nearly total electrical re-wiring (throughout the house) and all telephone lines rewired; two 2nd floor bathrooms updated. Finished up 1st floor activities; opened up main stairwell and repaired cupola’s internal structure, plaster and windows; all plaster repaired in main stairwell and all surf aces painted; 2nd floor B&B suite room repairs and decoration started; flat roof portion of mansard roof re­coated; gutters re-coated throughout entire structure; rear steps to veranda replaced.
  • 2003 – Replaced entire HVAC and water-heating systems and had additional electrical work done in house to accommodate greater electrical use; completed 2nd floor suite decoration; front steps to veranda replaced; rear porch screened in for B&B use; garden restoration started; service stairway repairs completed and all surfaces painted; portion of shingle roof replaced including entire veranda and southern exposure of mansard roof; installed special water system to provide adequate pressure for all water uses simultaneously; septic system repaired; all asbestos in basement abated.
  • 2004 – Continued garden restoration and added more garden beds to periphery of yard; replaced all soffits and fascia on driveway side of house; had new integral guttering fabricated and installed on driveway side of house; acquired additional antique furnishings to complete .decoration in 1st floor public spaces of house; augmented hot water system with additional 50 gallon direct-fired hot water heater; one flue in one chimney cleaned and repaired; whole house filtration system added to plumbing.
  • 2005 – Obtained estimates to have the remaining roof replaced (scheduling for completion summer, 2005); restored a 3rd bathroom on the 2nd floor and plaster repair/painted/papered two more rooms to open as a spare B&B suite.
  • 2006 – Roof replacement was approved by MHT and was completed by March 15th; 2 pillars on the southern side of the veranda were replaced; stucco on the western exposure and some smaller areas on the southern exposure were repaired. Back garden border was enlarged.
  • 2007 – Soffit and fascia on all remaining sides of the house was replaced, house scraped, primed and painted, shutters repaired.
  • 2008 – 3rd floor guest bedroom painted, 1st floor bedroom plaster touch-up, bluestone patio installed, landscaping started in July and completed in autumn.
  • 2009 – Extensive improvements in 3rd floor apartment completed. Washing machine replaced with 4.0 cf machine (energy star).
  • 2010 -17 kW residential generator installed (propane fired), replaced renter’s refrigerator with energy star unit, various ceilings touched up and painted in 2nd floor suites, B&G bathroom repainted, entire main stairwell repainted including all landings and foyer. 3rd floor primary bedroom, family room and kitchen painted.
  • 2011 – Veranda repainted, deer-proof garden enclosure installed, dishwasher replaced with higher end model (energy star), replaced water pump to large water system.
  • 2012 – 3rd floor bathroom renovated, all ceilings in 3rd floor painted, living room on 1st floor painted, 1st floor bedroom painted.
  • 2013 – Well pump replaced.
  • 2015 – One flu in the rear chimney was relined for the furnace.
  • 2016 – Cupola roof replaced w/metal roof, flat top roof relined with latex liner, spring house roof replaced and veranda roof replaced.
  • 2017 – Interior custom storm windows made for the French doors in the living room and music room.
  • 2018 – Trunk room was restored (last room in the house that had not been improved/replastered/painted).
  • 2019 – Veranda gutters were scraped/repaired/relined with specialized gutter paint/liner.

Maintenance painting has been done every January for the past 7+ years – in 2019 various ceilings were repaired/painted on all floors.

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Gary Gestson

Gary Gestson is a Certified Historic Properties Specialist (CMHP) with over $100,000,000 in historic homes, estates & farm sales. Gary was featured in the July 2009 issue of REALTOR Magazine "OWN YOUR NICHE" celebrating his success in "Niche" marketing historic homes and estates. He earned a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Art and is an accomplished equestrian. He has lived in the Washington, DC area for over 40 years, and in 2002, after a 20+ year career as an art dealer, Gary became a Realtor. In 2006, Gary achieved the status of "#1 Top Producing Agent" in one of the top real estate offices of the largest privately held real estate company in America, Long and Foster Real Estate, Inc. He is one of the top 5% of Realtors in North America. Gary sees enormous similarities between historic homeowners & art devotee’s, both understand and relish the intangible nature of things. Gary believes that... "A historic home's true value can only be ascertained with specialized marketing that shares its virtues and benefits in a manner that compels a prospective buyer to act. It is that understanding of the unique nature of a historic home that bonds the buyer to it. When asked, most historic home owners will tell you that they fell in love with their homes at first sight. Successful historic home marketing has to facilitate and amplify that experience, while minimal traditional real estate marketing does not even begin to satisfy that need."

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