Spring cleaning and gardening are two items on my “want to do” list. However, we are in the process of buying a farm a bit farther out in the country and so many of my “want to do’s” have been put on the back burner. More on this later.
Many know that we remodeled a 1978 ranch style home over this last year with the intention of selling it when we bought it. Over the last couple of years we have been making our way out of corporate america work and transitioning to self-employment and going after our desire to live debt free on a working family farm. We have juggled jobs and houses around over the last couple of years to enable us to work from home and move to a farm and God has blessed us in the process. One of our transition projects has been this little farm house we bought specifically for the purpose of fixing up and selling. We found something that was a under priced, cosmetic update-type remodel, although we did end up knocking out some walls and doing a bit more than cosmetic work on it. It was an experience for sure, one we will always remember and one we learned a great deal from.
When we walked into this little house it smelled like a nicotine factory. The house was dark — dark brown paneled walls and dark cabinets and dark brown cheap doors, dark brown windows. It was a good solid house, just terribly outdated.
We torn into 3 layers of outdated linoleum, updated lighting and faucets, installed wide planked flooring and added modern paint colors and crown molding. We took down the dated brown paneling and replaced it with sheetrock. We even put central heat and air in the house. Our major focus was on the kitchen and bath. We tore these rooms down to the studs and completely refaced the entire room putting in new everything. We took out a staircase in the kitchen and expanded the kitchen to be a nice big open work space.
Finally, we are down to minor finishing touches like trim and caulk and some paint. Outside, we will be landscaping the flower beds and painting the door and shutters.
We are pleased with how the little house has turned out and pray it will be a profitable conclusion as we move to put this house on the market this spring.
Here is the kitchen before:
Here we knocked out the staircase:
Another before picture
Here is the remodeled look of the new bigger, better kitchen. Pick what doesn’t belong. I have since replaced the yellow stove with a stainless matching oven/stove. It looks much better. Actually, you can sort of see a picture of what the new stove is like in this post of my muddy boy.
And another view of the kitchen now
Here is the old dining room and the gutted bathroom
Here is the new dining room
For now, this little house has served us well by giving us plenty of opportunity to bring to surface character flaws and sins we have had to deal with. It isn’t easy remodeling a house with 7 little ones, while my husband was working full time in a corporate job and working part time on remodeling a house. Once we finally moved into this small house, we found out that we had new character flaws. It also isn’t easy living in a 1,000 sq. ft. house with 7 little ones! However, this transition was necessary to launch us into the self-employment work as well as transfer out of our big house debt as we awaited finding our farm. As the pieces of this maze begin to wind down, we are all excited to see where God is leading our family.
With the final finishing touches of paint and trim still to go, we are excited that this project is almost completely finished. A lot of hard work, a lot of mistakes but a lot of learning and experience now too.