Nova Scotia School House Home

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.

Moose Brook School

Moose Brook School

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 Nova Scotia School House Home

  1. robinfremin

    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!

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  2. Gail McCown

    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

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  3. Martin

    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.

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  4. Jeanine H

    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

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  5. Jacqi T

    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!

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  6. Dennis Brunson

    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

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  7. Damien

    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.

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  8. C

    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!

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  9. Alex Wade

    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

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  10. Lana Yager

    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! :-)

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  11. Alex Hare

    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.

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  12. dave pohl

    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?

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  13. Whitworth Deen

    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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