Our Farmhouse Renovation Journey

Where We Started

When we bought this house in 2013, it had been sitting empty for quite some time. The couple who owned it before us had spent many, many happy years at this house with their family and their ability to take care of the home diminished more each year. When we did our homeowner’s inspection to purchase it, the electrical system was so unsafe that the county condemned the property and prohibited us from moving in until it passed inspection. I can say looking back that we truly had no idea what we were in for… no one does the first time they buy a historic home, but especially if the home is a fixer-upper, I think. It was beautiful to slowly transform and with every project we’ve completed, we’ve fallen more in love with this place.

Here’s a peek at what the rooms looked like before

Where We Are

When we bought this house in 2013, it had been sitting empty for quite some time. The couple who owned it before us had spent many, many happy years at this house with their family and their ability to take care of the home diminished more each year. When we did our homeowner’s inspection to purchase it, the electrical system was so unsafe that the county condemned the property and prohibited us from moving in until it passed inspection. I can say looking back that we truly had no idea what we were in for… no one does the first time they buy a historic home, but especially if the home is a fixer-upper, I think. It was beautiful to slowly transform and with every project we’ve completed, we’ve fallen more in love with this place.

Downstairs Blueprints

Click on a room in the blueprint below to see every blog post about its specific renovations!

Farmhouse Reborn First Floor Blueprints
kitchen dining roomhallwayfamily room playroom half-bathroomback porch (former sunroom)
Kitchen Dining Room Hallway Family Room Playroom Half-Bathroom Back Porch

Upstairs Blueprints

Click on a room below to see every blog post about it’s specific renovations!

Farmhouse Reborn Second Floor Blueprints
master bedroommaster bathroomlaundrykids’ bedroom kids’ bathroomnursery (former guest room)twins’ bathroom (former guest bath)workspacehallway
Master Bedroom Master Bathroom Laundry Kids' Bedroom Kids' Bathroom Nursery-Former Guestroom Twins' Bathroom-Former Guest Bath Workspace Hallway

Outside

OutbuildingFront YardBack YardSide Yard/Garden

Where We Are Going

I could spend hours telling you about my long-term future plans for this place (hint: it involves getting goats, beehives, an orchard, and a built-in wine cellar in the basement AHHHH how cool would that be though?) but then reality sets in and I remember we’ve somehow been blessed with four amazing children who live here. A three bedroom house with four kids is working surprisingly well for the time being, probably because the youngest are twins and can share a room, but we have plans to add on one more bedroom upstairs and rework the main floor to have a ton more storage– because old houses simply don’t have the closets my heart dreams of having– and a mudroom. We also want to paint the whole exterior white because the house was originally white when it was built, then bricked over in the 1970s, and the brick is (to me, anyway) a very obvious 1970 style brick and not an 1850 style brick. I also want to redo the front porch from having those two story columns (also added in the 70s) to a one story front porch. If we win the lottery, we’d love to turn the former pool in the backyard back into a working pool, but also depending on the size of our lottery winnings I could see something even more epic. (Disclaimer: we don’t actually play the lottery. But a girl can dream, right?)