Saturday, March 31, 2012

No Great Room Here

What you won't find in this old house is a great room.  One of those soaring two story open kitchen, dining, living areas. You'll find a great room in almost any of the  self respecting MacMansions of today, but not here.

Ah, sigh! 

Sunday, March 25, 2012

We Have Mooooooved

It's a short one block from Main Street to the cow pasture.  My house is right in the middle, so when I caught my neighbors on their way to check a cow that was about to give birth I had to tag along.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Staircase Reborn

Let's begin with the end this time. Here is the staircase after spending all last winter being semi-high on paint fumes and stripper solution.  But being able to stand back and see it finished has been the most rewarding of all the projects we have taken on.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Kitchen Sink Included

Ahh, much better.  The countertop and sink have been installed.  The kitchen is usable once again.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Ripping Out the Kitchen Sink - Warning Graphic Before Pictures

Wow, it's a bit hard to look back on this.  The old cabinets had certainly served their purpose but, well, their days were numbered.  Some of the drawers were completely missing and the dishwasher was plugged into an empty spot by the sink.  No matter that there was a 9 inch gap to the wall.

Friday, March 16, 2012

You've Got to Start Somewhere

Unbelievable! After spending months of thinking about it I've finally started  a blog to document our journey. It all began with a move to the country to a long neglected old farmhouse.  The house was built in 1902 and has been home to dozens of families.  There she is at the beginning. It must have started as a beautiful yet functional place to call home.  But then the decades piled on, from the 1930's wallpaper to the pink kitchen era of the 1950's the home had been "touched up" over the years.  We were excited to see what we might find under the 1960's worn lineoleum and what could possibly be lurking under that plastic faux rock on the front of the house?  

The home had morphed and grown to meet each new family's needs and all that history was hidden within the walls.  At one point in the 1970's the entire interior of the house was covered with that fabulous new paneling that everyone had to have.  I can imagine Mr. and Mrs. standing back and saying, "Wow, that looks amazing, we will never need to do another thing to this house."

Well that statement remained true for about 40 years, but all that is about to change.  Stick around to see the decades come off and watch as we add our legacy to the house and make it our home in the country!