This real estate photo of a former farmhouse and campsite caught the eye of reporter Alexandra Marks, who then purchased the property and renamed it Sheep Dog Hollow. She and Martin have set out to remake their dream home, renovating it using the latest in 'green' technology to make it energy efficient. Courtesy of Mick Marsden
Checkbook in hand, Ms. Marks is pursuing the goal of affordable energy using better, less-expensive technology and tax incentives for homeowners willing to 'go green.' Joanne Ciccarello/Staff
Built in 1902, the house will require some care in restoring it to it's former beauty. The 'kitchen' end of the farmhouse had to be hoisted on supports and steel girders in order to keep the structure from collapsing. A newly built frame and support beams now secure the building and a new concrete foundation was been poured. Joanne Ciccarello/Staff
Alex Marks, new owner of Sheep Dog Hollow looks over engineer Chris Bell's plans for installing new support beams in the farmhouse. Joanne Ciccarello/Staff
Dale King (right) shares the couple's passion for old houses. As lead contractor, he is overseeing every step of the transformation. As a resident of the area, he also delights in the fact that the new owners are intent on uncovering its history. Joanne Ciccarello/Staff
After tearing down a sagging porch, Mr. King discovered the original concrete steps to the back entrance. Joanne Ciccarello/Staff
Wood salvaged from the original structure will be used in the new construction. Joanne Ciccarello/Staff
An old bureau stands abandoned in the shell of an upstairs room - a dusty remain of a once-lively farmhouse. Joanne Ciccarello/Staff
Although it takes a bit of imagination to picture it, eventually this second-floor area will become a stately master bedroom.
The rear of the house looks out onto woods and a babbling brook. The second floor doorway will eventually become the 'window with the view' from the master bedroom. Joanne Ciccarello/Staff
What is a farmhouse without a red barn? A traditional post and beam one sits apart from the main house at Sheep Dog Hollow. The couple intend to restore it as well as the house. Joanne Ciccarello/Staff
Deciding to renovate a home in as green and environmentally responsible manner as possible is something that requires much advance thought and research. Although, to be honest, I didn’t know that at the time I made the decision about Sheep Dog Hollow.