Time to catch our breath and take a step back from when we started.
Two years ago, we vowed to make the old fog-signal plant on Level 2 a living quarters. Like the rest of the lighthouse, Level 2 was in pretty rough shape.
Thanks to some great friends and wonderful contractors, we’ve almost finished the job. It involved a whole lot of paint-scraping, new priming and painting, safe removal of hazardous material, restoration of the old oak flooring, replacement of the block-glass windows with faithful reproductions of the original oak casement windows, and even construction of a curved oak desk. We now have electricity, too!
Instead of peeling paint, wrecked floor and ceiling, and the horrible block-glass windows that choked out the fresh sea air, the old fog-signal plant is now a master bedroom.
Now Graves has what every lighthouse needs: A space-saving Murphy bed that folds up to the wall.
Nat Towl of NMT Woodworking custom-built one of quartersawn oak over the summer.
The bed arrived at about the same time electricity lit up the interior of Graves for the first time in 40 years.
Made to fit the curvature of the wall, the bed comes complete with a red-and-black cover storm warning flag.
Nat’s seen here with his pal Mike, installing the bed, which is perfectly balanced and, when closed, features an antique nautical chart of Massachusetts Bay.
Nat built Graves Light’s curved kitchen bench last spring.
We built this out of an antique office desk, with a new curved top.
A new desktop is built of oak.
Its shape fits the curve of the lighthouse wall.
Finished, polished, and ready to go.
Winter is a great time for on-shore basement projects for the lighthouse.
We converted an old oak desk into a keeper’s desk. First, we crafted a new top to fit the curved inner walls of the tower. We secured it to the two base drawer units with brass fasteners (no rusty steel in the lighthouse environment) and stained it to match.
The desk is installed on the 4th level, which will be the master bedroom. Next, we’ll start building a space-saving Murphy bed, whose mattress can be stored vertically when not in use, and pulled down flat for the evening.