Tag: Architectural Preservation

Fish Hooks Restoration Update: Another Small Step

It feels like ages since we’ve made real progress at Fish Hooks. In 2017, we installed windows and air conditioning, which went a long way towards making the house livable.

April 2018 – Wrigley recovers from the first of two surgeries he had last year.

And we had big plans for 2018, but those were interrupted by Wrigley’s injuries and the weather — it rained for much of the five weeks Tom had set aside to come down and work on the house.

(With the house being so small, he has to set up his workbench and tools in the back yard, so Mother Nature’s cooperation is required!)

We have a lot planned for this year’s trip, and I’ll tell you more in a future post.

In the meantime, I do have a bit of progress to report. We have front steps!

A Few Updates…

Tom and I are back on Green Turtle Cay, and excited to continue with our Fish Hooks restoration. We’ve got lots of projects planned for the next few weeks and will be posting updates as we go.

In the meantime, here are some follow ups to previous blog posts:

Another Island Home Saved…

We finally got to meet our new Green Turtle Cay neighbors, Drew and Penny Roberts, whose recently restored home, Salty Dog, is just around the corner from Fish Hooks. I posted last trip about how beautiful their island home looks now that it’s been restored. Judging from the photos below, which Drew recently sent to me, the interior is just as charming. For more information, or to rent Salty Dog, call (242) 365-4047.

Mo-Mo’s Suga’ Shack…

Now that we’re back on the cay, we’ve noticed the lights burning well into the night at Mo-Mo’s Suga’ Shack. Mo-Mo (aka Melissa Albury) reports that the bakery, which opened this past February, is doing well and keeping her busy.

She’s recently added coconut bread and quiche to her menu, and established store hours as follows: Monday through Thursday: 7am – 9pm, Friday: 7am – 9:30pm, Saturday: 9am – 10pm, Sunday: Closed.

Another Island Home Saved

Our end of the New Plymouth settlement is looking great these days. In addition to the two new houses that have been built nearby, we were thrilled to see that the house around the corner from Fish Hooks has been beautifully refurbished.

As often happens on the out islands (and as was the case with Fish Hooks), the original owners of the home had passed on, and their children had moved away for work or to start families.

Pink House Before 2

Time and weather had not been kind, and the house looked as if it might soon be beyond repair.

Fish Hooks Update: Restoration Begins January 2014

It’s official! The restoration of our little house by the ferry starts in less than three months.

Fish Hooks 2013
Fish Hooks 2013

Since there’s so much to be done, we’ve divided the work into several phases. Phase one — constructing a new foundation directly behind the existing structure, raising and moving the house back onto it and adding a small, covered front porch — begins in early January. Winter is a good time for this work, since the weather’s cooler and rain delays are less likely.

Our front porch inspiration: Mrs. Sybil Hodgkins' house next door.
The inspiration for our future front porch:
Mrs. Sybil Hodgkins’ house next door.

Shifting the house back on the property will give us a little more privacy and allow room for a little porch from which to enjoy afternoon drinks and sunrises over Settlement Creek.

More importantly, though, it will provide extra elevation, which will hopefully translate into added protection against flooding.

In October 2012, during Hurricane Sandy, Settlement Creek overflowed its banks. Most of the eastern end of town, including the ferry dock and our street, were submerged. Though Fish Hooks is already a few feet above street level, the creek rose high enough that water seeped through our floor. Since it’s predicted that sea levels will continue to rise in future, we’re eager to achieve as much extra elevation as possible.

Our street, submerged during Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. Fish Hooks is the green house.

I won’t pretend that the idea of picking up and moving my grandmother’s childhood home doesn’t make me a little queasy. But our contractors Oral and Jason Bethel come highly recommended and we’re putting our faith in them.

Still, I’ve warned Tom that I may not have the nerve to watch, and I may leave him to oversee the move while I distract myself with some of the other items on our lengthy project list.

Since we want to keep as much of Fish Hooks’ original furniture as we can, we need to replace the settee cushions and make new covers for them, refinish a few lamps and repair/refinish the old wooden dining table and chairs we found in the cottage.

I also want to spend some time in Marsh Harbour, investigating what’s available locally in terms of furnishings, fixtures, appliances and housewares and figuring out what, if anything, we’ll need to import.

Now that our start date is confirmed, next steps include working with Jason and Oral to finalize plans for the new foundation and porch, and securing the necessary building permits. Fingers crossed, the latter process will be simple and straightforward.

In the meantime,  here are a few “before” photos of Fish Hooks. Some of these images were shot in 2006 during Tom’s first visit to Green Turtle Cay. At that time, the cottage had been vacant for the better part of a decade and was in serious disrepair. Other photos were taken in 2009 and 2013, and they reflect some of the repairs our friends Mark and Caroljean Lowe made while using the cottage for their golf cart rental company, Kool Karts.

Related: We’ve Hooked the Small One, Fish Hooks Update: The Inspection, Attic Archaeology, Fish Hooks Video Diary: A Solid Start, Fish Hooks Video Diary: The Cellar, Fish Hooks Video Diary: Beam It Up, Fish Hooks Video Diary: Ready, Set…, Fish Hooks Video Diary: The Move.


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