March 27, 2013

Mass Destruction

      As I said in earlier posts, there is a lot of work we wanted to do. Back in the winter (when it was warm), Walter and I made our way to the farm to get started on the remodeling. Ripping out drywall was our first step. We started in the mystery room and began working counter clockwise around the house.

Day 1
This is the area I was working in before the destruction.

Here it is after removing some of the drywall.  The black covering is what separates the studs from the exterior rock. 

I don't know why I didn't take better shots of this room.

The window to the left is the same window that is pictured above. Walter tore a little of the ceiling down to see what it looked like above.

Pulling nails.



Busting up more drywall. Standing on the rubble left from the other walls.

It took a few hours to get all the walls torn out and the nails pulled. We called it a night.

Day 2

  We took out the rest of the ceiling and the doorways to open up this room.
Half of the ceiling is gone. Walter is having to vacuum some of the insulation that fell through the ceiling.

There was a door way here causing three doors to hit into each other.


 Cool find:
Some welding notes that fell out of the ceiling written in 1948.
The room now has everything torn out. No ceiling, walls, closet, doors, or trim.


This is the ceiling view. The boards are just lying on the rafters. If you look closely, you can see the opening to the upstairs area.




March 26, 2013

The Attic

This is my favorite part of the house.When I first saw the home, everything on the first floor was either covered and painted or trashed. When I went upstairs, I was able to see a what the house could look like with a whole lot of TLC. 

The attic is more like a second story. The staircase leading up to the attic is hidden behind this door which is located in the hall off of the living room. The staircase runs in the middle of the house.
If we don't use this door for the attic entrance,
I 'd like to make a doggie door out of it.

The staircase is wide and a straight shot to the next floor.

Below are some detail shots of the steps and the railing. The railing looks a little more finished and less worn.


At the top are two windows that give the room lots of light.
You can't tell from these pictures, but this open space is large enough to put a lounge area.
 

You can see how the railing on the left is a little awkwardly designed. There is about a foot of space  between the railing and the wall.


There are two small doors that lead to open attic space.
Here is the other attic storage area. You can get an
idea of  what the doors look like without the paint
job too.




View of the lot through one of the windows.
There is a cozy little room that we will probably use as an office up  here. I had a hard time getting good pictures, but here's what I have.
The lighting is terrible, but this room overlooks the back yard. You can see one of the barns from it.

This wall has a tiny door that leads to more attic storage.

This wall has had it rough. The ceiling has an arch in every room in the attic.


Here are some shots of the ceiling and the lighting.
Not sure what this is.
It's a little disorienting to look at, but it lets you see that the upstairs is in as rough shape as the downstairs.




You can see how pretty the trim is when it hasn't been coated with paint.


Here is the second bedroom.

Again it has the double windows as many of the rooms in the house do.
The trim has been painted over. The floors are pretty much untouched.






















The wall was starting to pucker and wrinkle in the bedroom. The first pic is a shot of the baseboard. The second pic shows the same thing occurring on the ceiling.

That's it. That's what we are working with. The structure is sound, but years of renting and little care have left it calling out to be restored. We have both wanted a project like this. We were never satisfied with a new home and a little lot. Now we have (most, kind of, a skeleton) what we want, we are just going to have to work hard to make it happen.

March 25, 2013

Bed and Bath


The downstairs comes to an end with a bedroom and a small bathroom. 

We are thinking this will be the master bedroom. 
The wall as you enter the bedroom. (View of side lot.)

Side wall.

Closet. This wall connects to the bath. Also the doorway is on this side.
Floors in the bedroom.

Now, we come to the tiny bathroom. It's in very poor condition. We found out the floor had rotted so we will be replacing it. Also, we are wanting to expand it.

Shower/tub combo

Yes, the tub is filthy. BUT it is an original cast iron tub, those are not common anymore so that's kind of cool.


Bare minimum with light fixture and mirror. You can see this is one of the few rooms with  a three pronge outlet.

Built in shelf that runs from above the toilet, above the sink, and to the opposite wall.

(We were testing the plumbing here.)
I'm pretty sure that this faucet and sink are
original to the house as well.



March 22, 2013

Room by Room: Living Area


The Living Room


This spacious living room with a fire place and lots of window is pretty much everything we wanted.


I say that, yet we are going to rip it apart.
So, let me rephrase, the structure of the living room is exactly what we wanted. 



It's just things like this strange wiring, phone jacks on the baseboard, and shoddy drywall work, that makes us want to give it cosmetic change.














The tile ceiling and linoleum flooring along with the aforementioned features are going to be changed. [Walter ripped out the ceiling tiles yesterday evening. I also must mention that he removed the phone jack that day. He was proud.]

Room by Room: The ? Room

Hokay... so... [Insert traditional blogger list of excuses as to why I haven't updated in nine days here.]

Now that we've gotten that out of the way. 
I had a house to show you, right?

This is the room that was considered a bedroom--but not to us. And we're the owners so we can change it if we want. We've had several ideas for the room such as : laundry room, pantry, bedroom, dining room, entry. Right now, we're thinking entry.


Purple paint. Possible perk or poor pick? 


Same hard wood flooring that runs through the rest of the house. Only painted red. (The closet floor was left untouched.)

One of two windows. View of the porch and the garage.


Walnut trim painted white.

Second window looks out to back yard.
Pros:
?   <-- By that I mean, there is a plethora of possibilities. (Sarcasm sign?)
Cons: 
Small for a bedroom (especially when we expand the bathroom)
Small closet

What we're keeping:
The studs and the trim