What Lies Beneath: Home Renovation Discoveries

What Lies Beneath: Home Renovation Discoveries

Ronee Saroff
Mar 5, 2010

One of my favorite aspects of home renovation is discovering objects buried beneath the walls, floors, and ceilings. Lost toys, forgotten tools, old photographs and ephemera — these intriguing little time capsules provide clues about a home's construction and illuminate its storied past.

Sometimes the discoveries are fortuitous, like the time I found several rolls of vintage wallpaper in an attic crawl space. Other discoveries are creepy, like the soiled underpants our contractor found tucked between the studs of a closet. Still others are simply mysterious: unlabeled bottles, unfinished letters, raffle tickets for unclaimed prizes.

The objects pictured above were discovered by Katy Elliott whose painstaking renovation of a 257-year-old house in Marblehead, Massachusetts is chronicled in her delightful blog, katyelliott.com.

What relics have you found hidden in your home?

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