For nine months now, we've been doing demolition and trips to the dump and burn piles. My poor husband has been rebuilding walls and replacing floor joists, with no end in sight as we discover ever more termite damage. On the bright side, we have started on some of the restoration part of this and... Continue Reading →
The Folly of a Free Farmhouse: A Brief History of How We Got Here
I tell this story so often, how we got here into this project with this farmhouse, that I decided to write it down. So here's the history behind this farmhouse folly... For as long as I can remember, I've wanted to live in an old, two-story farmhouse, surrounded by ancient apple trees, horses, and garden... Continue Reading →
I Never Thought Paint Would Be Such a Big Deal When Starting a Farm! But It IS!
Today I started painting primer on the dining room ceiling. I can't even express to you what a big deal that is, even though it is the only place in the house ready for paint of any kind. After all the demolition and rebuilding we've done, the sheetrock has been a big deal. Truly. But... Continue Reading →
And the Wall Came Tumbling Down…Literally
I've been reluctant to write about what I call The South Wall Project. It has been dragging on for two months now and really set us back on the farmhouse renovation. It has been the most challenging part of this project, and it has been hard not to be discouraged while tackling it. The south... Continue Reading →
It’s not Just a Porch…It’s so Much More!
The contractor didn’t want to build the front porch yet, and I know it’s out of order to do so, but it does my spirit so much good to see it coming together! The inside of the farmhouse is still a total disaster, as we are scrambling to get framing done so the electrician can... Continue Reading →
And the Window Came Crashing Down!! The Latest Farmhouse Renovation News…
Here’s my advice to you: Don’t take on a major renovation, starting a farm and planning a wedding all at once. I’m here to tell you it’s a baaaaad idea and a lot of work. Nothing will get done in a timely manner except the wedding, and that’s only because those darn printed invitations give... Continue Reading →
Progress at the Farmhouse! Framing Goes Up, Ready for Plumber
During yet another full day working on the old farmhouse, we got to see some progress. The bathroom is ready for the plumber, and one of the walls is almost framed out in the kitchen. Funny thing about the bathroom. I kept thinking the new tub had to go where the old tub used to... Continue Reading →
The Latest Video of Our “Here Goes Everything” Adventure and Small Farm Dreaming!
We spent another looooong Saturday working on our farmhouse as part of our small farm dream. Here's a video showing the state of the downstairs right now, as we get closer to having everything stripped out, and the framing starts in the bathroom... That's the latest! Stay tuned for more!
State of Renovation: A Peak at What We’re Facing Upstairs
Because we have to be ready for the plumber and electrician to do their stuff while the house is still up in the air, the bathroom and kitchen have become paramount and demolition on the rest of the house is on hold. So I did a quick video of the state of things upstairs while... Continue Reading →