Historic Restoration

1703 Complete Historic Restoration

In 2005 East Branch Studio was the general contractor for the restoration of a circa 1703 home that had been deconstructed and stored in pieces in a trailer. The team rebuilt the house, nail by authentic nail. Any floor and siding sections that had to be replaced were hand planed with blades and techniques matching the period in which the house was built. Molding was cut to replicate the original bead and paints were blended with early 18th century hues. When complete, the house in the trailer grew into an elegant superinsulated home, with insulation tucked into deep window wells and the gambrel roof. Now surrounded by a landscape of stone, grass, and flower, this painstaking reproduction house stands as a model of historic aesthetic and modern building science.
Read here the February 2010 issue of Early American Life, which features a 12-page story on the “Trailer Home.”    
The summer 2017 issue of A Simple Life magazine also features an article on this home. Click here for a sneak peek.


General Contractor, East Branch Studio
Architect, Jeffrey Scott Penn
Engineer, Ryan Helwig
Historian and Tireless Worker, Jerrilee Cain