One year of progress on our 100-year old farmhouse fixer! Welcome to a special edition of the podcast that’s also available as a video on YouTube! (Which you can also watch below.) In it we talk about the progress we’ve made in the last 12 months on our century-old farmhouse fixer. We specifically discuss things we learned and if there is anything that we’d do differently. Plus, we share more on how our family pitched in to get the farmhouse ready for a small December evening wedding.
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BONUS video! We decided to record this podcast episode as a video as well, adding pictures about what we were talking about throughout. It was kind of fun and we’ll be doing more podcast/video episodes in 2019!
Here’s the farmhouse review podcast video:
Farmhouse Fixer 2018 Review
1. Deciding to buy the house – November-December 2017
Here are a few things we mentioned that we had to think about:
- no foundation
- crumbling vinyl siding
- few original features left
- rough interior
- too small master on main
- bathrooms and kitchen need updating
But we LOVED the view, the location (and you know what they say about that…), and the fact that it was an cute old farmhouse that needed some love.
2. Move to property – January 2018
Here’s the link to the interior tour video where you’ll see all the nitty-gritty of what we need to do. (Spoiler- it’s not as cute as the outside.)
And here’s the link to the exterior tour video where you can see and hear some of our plans. (Spoiler-there actually weren’t ever windows over the porch and the windows on the lower floor were always one larger window – I was wrong…)
3. Starting on foundation & garden – June 2018
Here’s the link to the yard & garden tour – we didn’t get the deer fence completed, sadly, and there is NO planting of anything until we do, so hopefully that will happen in the next few months for spring planting.
4. Working on Siding – July 2018- September
We ripped off the old vinyl siding while the foundation was being completed. Here’s a link to the short video Brian made of his great vinyl siding removal tip.
Our builder started restoring the original siding where we could keep it – the front two-story section and the two dormer sections (the rest will be board-and-batten). He also added back the window moldings in the original widths.
5. Extension foundation, electrical, heat ducting & new door – September – October
We’re so in love with our new door – it transformed the curb appeal. It also lets in a ton of natural light into the living room. Scroll a bit more to see it all finished!
6. Extension demo & framed & wedding prep- November- December
We were happy to finally find someone to start on the bedroom extension by framing it in for us.
Here are some of the wedding photos I posted on Instagram. You can see how the lights in the evening made it sort of a magical night!
We have a long way to go before we can move in, but we actually met all the goals we had for the first year – yeah! (See these and more in my 2019 Goals & 2018 Recap). Obviously, we are very grateful to have a manufactured home we can live in that’s only about 100 feet away.
For 2019 our goal is to finish the newly extended master bedroom (and pass permit inspections!), gut and redo the main floor/master bath, make a storage area into a laundry room, start on the kitchen and get all the new windows installed. And there’s so much more involved in all of this (think doors, floors, finishes, moldings – yikes!). We’re so glad to have you along for the ride!
AND we really enjoyed this format of recording the podcast in audio and video, so look for more of these in 2019.
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