The current restoration envisions taking the L. L. Steward House as
close to its 1914 origin as feasible.
We've removed 1947 and 1985 walls and doorways (rerouting a good deal
more plumbing, electrical and ventilation than anticipated); removed
popcorn ceilings and fluorescent lights; restored and hung 1910
to1915 vintage light fixtures; sistered in floor joists; added a 10
inch glue-lam beam to firm up the upstairs ceiling where an original
load-bearing wall was removed (in 1947?); stripped, patched, sanded
and refinished floors (oak downstairs, fir upstairs); and stripped
wood trim (generally, the public areas featured stained wood, the
family areas painted). And lots of plaster.
In the northeast (back) corner, we've removed the 1947 door and
replaced it with a salvaged window of the same dimensions and style
as the original, and added a new (to us) back door in place of the
window in the 1947-added bath; a new pergola graces the back door,
constructed of the same dimension timbers as the original front pergola.
Recently, we've removed the roof from the southwest (front) pergola and
demolished the closet along the driveway (west) wing of the pergola (the
roof was added and the closet enclosed in 1947), and re-created the French
doors between the dining room and the west wing of the pergola. Soon, we'll
re-create the (most likely) French doors between the dining room and the
foyer, and install a salvaged period door and sidelights in place of the
original door and sidelights (or French doors) leading from the parlor to
the back garden (now via the 1947 addition).
On the exterior, with the help of an Exterior Rehabilitation Grant from the
City of Phoenix, we've re-roofed (dimensional shingles similar in color to
the original cedar), repaired stucco and woodwork, re-painted, and stripped
and stained the original front door. Major restoration work went into
woodwork, hardware and textured stucco to bring the restored porch and
wrap-around pergola back to their original appearance and function. A new
beadboard ceiling replaces the drywall in the main porch, and prairie-style
lighting completes the picture.