This old house which was purchased from a foreclosure, was a broke down, neglected, patchwork structure, that was not only an eyesore, it was also a fire hazard.
Why in the world would anyone buy such a property, you ask? Well, even though the house wasn't pretty, the land was. Farmer Tom saw the diamond in the rough and convinced me we could make it Home.
First, the bedrooms were renovated. Then the bathroom. It was during the bathroom remodel that we first encountered some of the horrors that existed in the construction (toilet and shower plumbing that used gravity instead of pipe to move water from A to B). We eventually finished the bathroom and made plans to start on the rest of the house, but life got in the way. Another year would pass by before we embarked on the Grand Poobah of the projects, the scope of which encompassed half the house, while we were living in it, and the work was all to be done by our own hands.
This time our project started by tearing out the ONLY closet in the house and rebuilding it. Floors, walls, ceiling, everything. It evolved into remodeling the living room to make two rooms (living room and office). We widened the hallway, redrywalled the dining room and created a single flooring level, where three had existed before.
Along the way we also rewired all the walls, added new fixtures, installed all new flooring and paint. We relocated heating registers, built new walls, replaced doors and trim. In the end, we rewarded ourselves with new furniture.
We encountered numerous obstacles along the way. The walls were neither square nor perpendicular. The wiring was a nightmare. We found abandoned connections
hidden in walls that were taped (sometimes, not), an accident waiting to happen. The ceilings also had to
all be redone as the various surfaces were cracked and sagging, the result of insufficient and in some cases, missing, framing.
We spent about 3 months in intense construction, but
eventually we triumphed! The remodeling was completed and we finally had a place to relax at the end of the
day and call home. Looking back at it now, we still feel relief at having come out on the other side of that
project. We love the process of taking something old and restoring it to useful condition again. It is very satisfying work, created with our own hands and a little ambition. Power tools don’t hurt either.
As I mentioned in my goals for 2012, http://www.thepocketfarmer.com/1/post/2012/01/dreamer.html our kitchen could use a major makeover. I'd love to see that happen this year, but if it doesn't, I'm happy with our progress so far.
Flip through my photo album to check out our project.