Happy New Year, everyone!
My apologies for being an absent blogger these past few months. How about I make it up to you by sharing some interior photos of the farmhouse before work began?
These photos were taken just after the closing and the house looks much different now, but unfortunately not in the way you might think.
Right now, more than half of the house is down to the studs, which you'll see at the end of the photos. While we're making important progress necessary to improve the house's structural integrity, it's one of those situations where I feel like we're moving frustratingly backwards in order to ultimately go forward.
And I especially feel this way looking at these photos tonight, which I haven't done since November. Ugh.
While the house was decidedly dated inside, I'd forgotten how clean and put together it was. Alas, we have truly torn it apart in the name of creating load-bearing walls, adding insulation, re-wiring, adding HVAC, and more.
All great changes are preceded by chaos, right?
So, let's begin the 'tour' with a view of the outside.
Through the front door you walk into the 'front room' as we're calling it right now as we haven't decided whether this will be the dining room or the living room. Will explain later... It's windowless and was filled with delightful 1970s paneling and ceiling tiles. The one (and possibly only) thing this space has going for it is original heart pine flooring.
Another view of the front room while standing in the middle. We're knocking out a section of the wall that divides this room from the kitchen to let in more light as there is already a 5-foot wide opening off this room on the opposite wall into the den that lets in a decent amount of light.
And speaking of the den, here it is, off to the right of the front room.
|The paneling and ceiling tiles continue! The fireplace is filthy but in working order.|
To give you a feel of just how deep this space is, here's a shot from the back of the room looking toward the front.
And the den from front to back...whee! I feel like bowling!
Now, let's head through the door that leads to the 'back room.' We'll go up the stairs after we finish touring the first floor.
It turned out there was a massive hole all the way through to the foundation in the floor under that huge tile hearth. But that's another story for another time...
Off the back room is the lone bathroom of the house. It will be gutted and the plan is to put a vanity where the washer/dryer hook-up is located, close in the existing window, and put a window over the toilet instead.
Sorry faux pink marble Formica-topped vanity, your days are numbered.
Adjacent to the bathroom is the final room of the first floor: the kitchen. At 9' wide by 24' deep, it's a narrow and long space that will actually be expanded to about 13' wide (to match the depth of the bathroom) and will be completely rearranged.
Shield your eyes from the glare of the plastic walls. An approximately 5-foot wide section of the left wall will be knocked out to open into the front room.
Alright, now that you've seen the downstairs, let's go back to the den and head up the stairs to poke our heads in the bedrooms...
At the top of the stairs you are standing in the back bedroom, which will be Jacob's room. The previous inhabitants appeared to use the space as an over-sized walk-in closet.
To the left of the small landing is the front--and future master--bedroom.
Thank goodness the original wood floor lay hidden under the disgusting carpet. Though the wood floor has signs of old water damage it will be salvaged with paint.
Two things I love about the upstairs of this house: the abundance of light and the under-eave bedroom door. It has a quirky charm, doesn't it?
So, that's how things looked two months ago.
Now, here's a peek of the downstairs as it looked this morning...
|The front and back rooms|
|Getting ready to create the opening between the kitchen and the front room.|
|No going upstairs right now until the new stairs are built!|
Obviously a lot
Anybody have any advice for surviving a major renovation?