When Jude Plum bought the tiny house next to his childhood home near Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, he simply hoped to renovate the dilapidated structure.
But what remained after removing five layers of exterior shocked the 71-year-old. Underneath all that ugly stucco was a two-story log house that had been virtually untouched since it was built in 1704, making it one of the oldest surviving houses in Pennsylvania, according to the .
Here's what the house looked like when Plum bought it:
Because all of the original oak logs had rotted over the last three centuries, Plum sought the help of Roland Cadle of Village Restorations & Consulting Inc., and they spent the next year meticulously restoring the home.
Not only did Cadle replace the rotten wood with oak salvaged from another 18th century structure, but also used a 200-year-old broad ax to hand-hew it to fit the new structure's dimensions.
It's hard to believe it's the same house in the after photos.
While Plum installed a few new elements, like a motion sensor-activated toilet and a modern kitchen, the rest of the interior features period furniture and art in hopes that that one day it can be converted into a children's museum.
"He seems to have done it right," Jerry Francis, president of the , told The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Because the house had been covered for centuries, the historical society was not involved in the restoration process, but they hope it will eventually be added to the local register.
"This is the beginning of our country," Plum told The Philadelphia Inquirer. "I want to put it on the National Register."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.