Old houses seem to have a thousand stories.
Hazel and Rex Gerlinger have certainly heard a lot of them about their home in Waynesboro, Ga.
In 2004, after moving into the Victorian-style house built by Seaborn H. Jones in the early 1900s, the Gerlingers learned one of the home's main features, a crystal chandelier circa 1840, could very well have been intended for the queen of England.
Or was it the governor of Georgia?
"That chandelier has 100 stories of its own," Mrs. Gerlinger said.
Those stories, like great architecture, are what add character to old homes.
That and the work required to make old houses livable by modern standards.
The Gerlingers have devoted more time to modernizing and preserving the home than wading through the tales that surround it. Together, they have transformed the space with color and up-to-date amenities. They've knocked down a wall and put in a pool, and added a garage/pool house/craft studio they call the "Garage-mahal." The results have been pleasing to everyone.
Once they are done, there should be one more story told about the home on Jones Avenue.
"They'll probably be happy someone wanted to come down and restore an old house,'' Mr. Gerlinger said of his neighbors.
"I'd like that to be the legacy, that we could restore it back to its splendor," he said.
AT HOME WITH
THE FAMILY: Hazel and Rex Gerlinger, and dog Molly
THE HOME: Five-bedroom, 3-bath Victorian home built in 1906 on 6 acres. A craft studio, garden paths and pool have been added.
IT'S A FACT: The Gerlingers have completely modernized their century-old home. They added central heat and air to the house, which had only one window unit and several wall radiators when they arrived.