Most often, when discussing how to do any detail on
the restoration of an old house, you will hear the phase
"the average person won't know the difference" used
to justify cutting corners.  Rather than wondering who
will know the difference, our goal is to leave a finished
product that the craftsmen who built the house to start
with couldn't tell the difference.

Any of this work can be done completely the old way,
including using tools from the same era.  Most of the
time, owners want to save money, so we use modern
tools and equipment to save time where possible, but
joinery and surface finishes are kept faithful to the
original.  All finished wooden surfaces are planed by
hand with a plane that has its iron ground to match the
original plane marks on adjoining boards.
Tom King
Henrico, NC 27842

Tom is a 10th generation Virginia resident, and 9th
generation builder in his family, from early Jamestown,
to the beginning days of Brunswick County, Va., and
nearby in N.C.  to the Lake Gaston area today.
He has been building houses on Lake Gaston, and
restoring old houses since 1973.  Feel free to contact
Tom about your project.
Tom's email
To the left, is a photograph of
the Robinson-Elam House built
in 1828.  This photo was taken a
year or two after Hurricane Hazel
blew the top of the nearest  
chimney off.  The house had
been sitting with no occupation
since 1954, until restoration work
began in 2007.  It was in a much
worse state than what is shown
in this picture when restoration
work began.
Picture to the right was taken
in 2009, as exterior work was
nearing completion.
the EdwardDromgoole 1784 house that
will also be featured here.  It was built
To the left, are a couple of pictures of
by one of the first Methodist Circuit
Riders, and is one of the very few
Methodist Shrines left from the
beginning years of the Methodist

It is was purchased for preservation by
The Old Brunswick Circuit Foundation.
Historic House Preservation
by  Tom King
owner started to wrap up
holes in the siding,
missing windows, and The
restoration would  not start
until 30 years later in 2007.

If you click on this
thumbnail, the larger
picture may allow you to
see how much the
complete chimney is
leaning out away from the
house.  You can see on
the "Chimney work" page
how the chimney lean was