Nova Scotia School House Home

Nova Scotia School House Home

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Moose Brook School
Moose Brook School

by David Lacey

Owning a school has been an important goal for my teacher/prof partner for many years. We moved closer to her dream when we acquired this lovely 55 acre property in Nova Scotia. Then, our search for a movable school led to this 1875 school house. The school house had been turned into a store and later a storage shed. It was located a few miles away.

The photos tell the story of the tear down, move, rebuild and the now nearly finished schoolhouse. Note, the school house, in 1875, cost $750 completely constructed and furnished! It is now a treasure beyond measure to us.

The Old School
The Old School
The Move Begins - Rafters Down
The Move Begins – Rafters Down
Now the Inside
Now the Inside
Trailer Under the School
Trailer Under the School
Daybreak Haul
Daybreak Haul
Clear Sailing Now
Clear Sailing Now
Almost There
Almost There
Almost Rolling
Almost Rolling
Now the Rebuilding Begins
Now the Rebuilding Begins
Replacing Sills
Replacing Sills
Rafters Back Up
Rafters Back Up
Weather Tight Almost
Weather Tight Almost
Shingles Completed
Shingles Completed
New Ceiling
New Ceiling
Power at Last
Power at Last
school in a landscape
Nova Scotia School House Home
School House Home in the Fog
School House Home in the Fog
The Porch
The Porch
School House and the View
School House and the View
School Flowers
School Flowers
The Kitchen
The Kitchen
Living Area
Living Area
Lights
Lights
Dr. Phil on the Couch
Dr. Phil on the Couch

71 COMMENTS

  1. This house is extraordinary…truly! One can see your love and pride in all of the fine details. I really enjoy viewing all of the photos. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Dear Small House Friends,

    We have a “bit and a butt” style cabin and have been trying for 8 years to find a way to install a solar panel. It is really teeny, and wouldn’t need much. Everyone keeps telling us it would be 10-20K, and even if we bought our own panels we couldn’t install the collector/generator. I get sooooo frustrated when I see a sweet little system like the one in this schoolhouse. Any advice gratefully appreciated. We are in Coventry, N.Y. at day_of_art@yahoo.com

  3. Thank you for the viewing regarding the final school house placement. It seems to reflect my rudiment thought: let us acquire only that which we need. Life would be uncomplicated and so much less convoluted. Enjoy.

  4. WOW WOW WOW i am sooo impressed.
    the perfect home.
    absolutely speechless at this post. i adore the condition of the renewed life you have breathed into this home….INCREDIBLE and i will be sharing this everywhere! an absolute site of perfection.
    Jeanine H

  5. Oh SO beautiful! And the view! I so love to see old buildings lovingly restored and appreciated for the treasures they are. Thank you for sharing!

  6. Wow! What an ambitious undertaking and a wonderful end results. I know the pride you feel when you look at the commitments you made come to fruition. Congratulations for a job well done. When excellence is expected, “good enough” won’t do.
    Cheers,
    Dennis

  7. First of all awesome job. Such a beautiful home and location. Wish I had the time, patience, skills and location to complete such a project. Second, is Dr.Phil a pug mix? Our dog Duke looks exactly the same and we have been trying to figure out his mix.

  8. Without question the loveliest cottage with the sweetest history, most adorable decorating and absolutely fabulous view I’ve ever seen on any tiny house site! This looks so much like where I grew up and like the wonderful little cottages there. I absolutely love it all. Stellar job!

  9. What a wonderful project. I did a similar schoolhouse project back in 1972. This one is special due to being off the grid. It is also special to me for Dr. Phil, the black Pug. I have a very large, completely blind rescue Pug named Frank. Congratulations to the owners for a good job and their good taste.
    Alex Wade

  10. Is your addresses “Heaven”? It should be! It’s a piece of Heaven in my book! How wonderful to look out at such beautiful scenery and to live in a such a creative and special home! Nice job! That is living MY dream! 🙂

  11. I have been an advocate of small homes for many years and have seen hundreds.I keep coming back yours.It is without a doubt the most beautiful home in the world.

  12. This is an incredible reuse of a wonderful resource. The same sentiment as reusing a church property.
    What are the dimensions of the school house? What did you use for the new foundation?

  13. Greetings from Arkansas. Your home and its location are true bits of Heaven. Bravo! Just wondering, but does your home-made black barrel solar water heater work? Decades ago I knew an enterprising man in Thailand that painted his elevated (approx.14 feet above-ground) water tank flat black, with great success…. until he wanted to take a cold shower. Kindest regards.

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