Editor's note: This is the third in a series of stories following the restoration of the Lambrite-Iles-Petersen house at 510 W. 6th St., Davenport, by Dick and Linda Stone of Muscatine.
Work is running behind schedule.
How much behind depends on whether you ask Dick Stone — he'll say "a few months" — or Linda, who will say "at least 12."
The Stones bought the highly dilapidated landmark home in early 2015 and began what they still hope will be a three-year, $350,000 restoration of the historically and architecturally significant property in the city's Gold Coast neighborhood.
The most visible change since January has been the near-completion of an architecturally compatible, two-car garage. Although this does not advance the restoration of the house, it is part of the overall project because the Stones need a place for their cars.
Also, by building a two-story, walk-out garage into the steep slope of their property, they have a way, via the garage stairs, of getting from the alley on top to the door of their house below. (Other than rolling down the hill!)
The garage also has space for a shop as Dick works on projects, and he may build a small office. The garage also has space for a refrigerator and a bathroom with a shower and sink.
Other accomplishments since January:
• All the mechanicals are nearly finished. That means the house has all-new plumbing, electrical wiring and heating and air conditioning systems.
• Part 2 of the couple's state historic tax credit application has been approved, crucial to the financing of their project.
• A number of the home's 52 windows — Dick Stone can't remember quite how many — are at Carver Custom Millworks in Milan for repair or total restoration.
In addition, the Stones were happy to receive from neighbor David Cordes a copy of a newspaper advertisement from 1866 in which their house was listed for sale.
They previously had guessed at some of the home's configuration; the ad confirmed it.
Coming up next:
• Once the mechanicals are finished in the back kitchen area of the first floor and the back master bath/laundry area of the second floor, the couple can begin drywalling with plaster.
These back areas were the most deteriorated portion of the house, requiring all new framing, floors and walls.
• Removal of the second-floor enclosed porch on the front. "We're really excited about that," Dick Stone said. Removal will greatly change the home's appearance, turning it back to how it looked when built.
• Receipt and installation of the repaired windows. Not only will the home look better without plywood in the window openings, but the interior will have much more light and will appear more cheerful.
Cheerful will be good.