We’re sharing the progress we’ve made in our third year of restoring and remodeling our 100+ year-old farmhouse. It’s finally looking like a house someone can live in and the before and after photos are already amazing. We’re months away from moving in finally and excited to share the progress with you!
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Tour The Farmhouse
Living & Dining
Since I didn’t take the photos until just before publishing this, you get to see the rooms with some of the floors installed, which weren’t there in the video. Amazing how flooring brings it all together, isn’t it?
This is looking from the kitchen into the entry-living and dining room. The wall we added creates a place for an entry area but still leaves an open flow between the dining room and living.
Once the floors are done in here, it’s molding for doorways and baseboards and that’s it! Well, and installing the two new big windows where the smaller one is now (just out of view to the right in the photo above) – but we’re waiting on custom sized windows for that.
The kitchen has come such a long way! And doesn’t that built-in cabinet look like it’s always been there? *heart eyes*
Reminder: the beam is where a wall was to an enclosed porch (complete with window and door).
The wall with the windows (and the cute sconce!) will hold a bank of cabinets and the range with a hood. There will be an island with the sink, dishwasher and a few more cabinets.
The beadboard ceiling is all original – we had to just remove wallboard, scrape and sand before painting. Most of the beadboard walls in the main kitchen are original, there were just a few areas we patched with new, as well as the new we used in the former enclosed porch area.
I’m loving how it is all coming together!
Laundry Room & Hall
We finished the window and door trim in the laundry room (to the left above).
The room that is now our laundry and mudroom used to be a storage area in the enclosed porch. Complete with sloping floor with exterior beams that ended in dirt (yep, the house needed a foundation badly).
Once we install the flooring in here we can finally place the water heater back and attach it to have warm water. We need to build a surround for the freezer that will be able to hold a rack for clothes drying as well as add some storage cabinets.
What was once an awkward hallway with angles of covered plumbing pipes on the ceiling, an angled wall with a door you couldn’t open (that we found opened to a…pipe), and a wall with a raised area (a closet? who knows…) is now a large open hallway.
It has new beadboard walls we ran vertically to make it look a little different from the kitchen and a reclaimed wood ceiling. One that is wonderfully flat (thank you, Mr. Plumber).
The hall is big enough that one day I know I’ll want to add storage to at least a couple walls.
I had hoped by the time of our three year progress we’d have the toilet installed in the bathroom, which goes a long way to feeling like a bathroom. But at least we have it ready to go! (And don’t get me started on how hard it was to find a toilet to fit our space and our requirements – sheesh!)
All that’s left for this room, really, is installing said toilet, finishing the vanity conversion (the drawers need sections built), installing the light fixtures and shower fixtures.
The master bedroom was created from the 8 foot deep bedroom that was here + the 8 foot addition we added. We took 2 feet for the bathroom, leaving a 14 foot deep (by 15 foot wide) room with an 11 foot ceiling.
See the beams on the floor under the windows? Those are the new 2x6s I aged and stained that will become the beams on the ceiling. Then we can place the ceiling fan (needed with a ceiling this tall in a southern facing room!), add the flooring and the moldings to finish this room.
Well, we have to add shelving to the closet, too, and attach a vintage door with have with sliding door hardware.
Wait, what about the upstairs?
Yes, well, we do give you a little peek upstairs in the video. Suffice it to say, we’ll need to do a lot up there. We will be able to use the flooring up there, though, so that is a huge bonus.
Painting, doors, and moldings – plus another gut bathroom job! We need to add a tub to the half bath up there, so we’ll need to pull another permit.
BUT, we’re only aiming to finish the main floor before moving in – we’ll continue to work on the place while we live in it (like the rest of the world, lol).
So, that’s the 3 year progress tour – be sure to subscribe to not miss new videos and updates!
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