Thursday, February 24, 2011

This Dilapidated Farmhouse, Part 5

I probably shouldn't even be showing you this. It's shameful. It's ugly. It's sad.

Just look away...nothing to see here...move along, people.

*sigh* OK, fine!

This is the current state of the second story of my house.

This right here will one day be my office.

Of course, it will be after it has walls....

and a ceiling.

You know, the nice thing about renovating an old farmhouse is that I have no latent aggression whatsoever.

If I ever feel the need to ring someone's neck, I just mosey on upstairs and start knocking down walls.

If anyone feels the need to do the same, come right on over. I won't even charge you for it.

It's just the kind of gal I am.

See that door at the end of the hallway there? It will eventually be gone, replaced by a full walk-through closet leading from my bedroom (on the right) to the bathroom (on the left).

This room right here will be the guest room. Where the wall was taken out will be a closet on one side, then the wall replaced on the rest (I think my uncle got a little carried away).

At least all the plaster is out here. I just have to rip the lathe out now.

Here's my bedroom again. There's still a lot of plaster in here.


This will be the bathroom. I plan on (for the first time in my life) having a nice, big, deep tub.

Those little combo shower/tubs annoy me. You can't fill them up enough to really have a nice soak. The water only covers half of you...what's the point of that?

So, seperate shower and a deep clawfoot tub will be in order here.

This picture below is where the door will be for my walk-though closet.

You can see it, right?


*tap, tap* Is this thing on?

This is the view from my bedroom window, which is why I chose this room as the master bedroom--a full view of the horse paddocks.

Why else?

Eventually these buildings will be painted to match the new shed further out, and of course any day now a second shed is being delivered and will be set out near that one. These older buildings up close (pump house, cellar, and smoke house) will also be roofed.

I can also see this right outside my bedroom.

The old windmill--right by the pump house. We could take it out, but I like it--it's historic (no one else around here still has one this close to the house) and I like to hang flower baskets from it in the summer.

It adds character, I think. The old hand pump is also below it and I plan on getting a new handle for it and painting it bright red.

I even plan on adding handrails for the stairs. That might come in handy in the middle of the night, right?

Look at all that mess.... The reason I'm posting all this now, is so that after March 4th I'll have something to compare our progress with. That's when the construction dumpster arrives.

It's only got to get better from here, right?

Before we get carried away, I thought I'd snap a photo of the new roof. The only thing original up there are the 2x4's. It has all new decking, new supports, new vents, and a new top.

Pretty slick, huh?
I thought so.

This is a picture looking into what will be my bedroom. I thought it looked kind of creepy.

I wonder if Ghost Hunters will show up soon?

Here's another look into the guest room (from the bathroom).

That actually used to be my room, when I lived here before. Of course back then it had carpet, walls and a ceiling.

Looks kinda different now.

What's fun is discovering all the stuff hiding within the layers of paneling (which is all gone now), wallpaper, and plaster.

I think this says "Alvin sleeps in." Who Alvin was and why someone decided to write on the wall about what a lazy guy he was, we'll never know.

Alvin apparently wrote on walls, too.

Being Lazy Alvin, he only got the first two letters done.

I love looking at the layers of old wallpaper. Some of it must have been kind of pretty.

Lots of flowery stuff--I'm sure the guys were thrilled about that.

Lots of ferns, too....

Now, this next picture is plain gross, but it shows exactly why we're stripping things down to the degree that we are.

MOLD!!! Ewwww.....
I think I'll sleep better knowing that stuff isn't growing in the walls anymore. Ick!

Not sure what this note was about.

8 ft? I understand writing measurements but this was really quite boldly written. Whoever wrote this, meant it. They weren't kidding around, Alvin.

This one is another mystery.

"M." "M" stands for "Mystery."

Here's the ceiling in the hallway. I tell you what, this is the nastiest part of the job. There is no easy way to get all this stuff down without pulling a lot of it on top of you.

Er, what I meant to say was, it's sooooo much FUN! You all need to come join in on all this fun. Whoopie!! I'll even provide the tools.

It's just the kind of gal I am.


Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor said...

Wow, you have your work cut out for you!

Vintage West said...

What a great piece of property!

smazourek said...

I am personally fascinated by plaster and lathe. I can only imagine how long it took to get that stuff up, but once up it normally lasted a really long time. It's been up in your house for what? 100 years?

Ah well, make way for drywall!

Nicole said...

Wow, you've been busy. Are you living in this house while you are working on it?

Jessie McCandless said...

Yeah, I wish I could have taken a picture of it before it was demolished--it certainly is in the worst state ever right now, but I guess it will make the before and after shots that much better, right? :)

Shannon, you're right--it's amazing how long that stuff all lasted, and I think if they had not put up the paneling over it, it would have lasted even longer. Plus, the upstairs didn't have a shred of insulation, making for extremely cold winters (I can remember going to bed and being able to see my breath). So, at the very least we had to get the outside walls done.

Nicole, yep, I live downstairs. Fortunately there's a door to the stairwell, so everything is well-seperated. All the vents in between have been sealed shut with plastic, so other than things being cramped downstairs, it's not that bad. I can't wait to get it all done and move upstairs, though--then I'll have to start in on the downstairs! LOL

Grey Horse Matters said...

A diamond in the rough for sure. Love the windmill and the views. Someday all the hard work will be a memory as you gaze out the windows at your paddocks.

juliette said...

Oh, what an amazing house you have!

I had a 1787 farmhouse (log under the clapboards) and it had carpeting and paneling and dropped ceilings. In 1995 I started the process of removing all the layers down to the horse hair plaster and lathe. Looking at your photos brought the memories flooding back! The dust and mess - oh my! Sometimes when I open my vacuum or a guitar case or luggage, I still find that white dust! Ugh.

The dumpster was long gone and I had finally started the glorious part - the new construction - when I met my husband. He had already restored his farmhouse 3 miles down the road. Talk about a dilemma! Mine was not habitable and his was done. I was torn, but chose him over my house. We sold my farmhouse and the family who bought it were very happy to finish the job.

I laughed when you said that you have seen your breath. My house was so cold and I can remember having so many blankets on in bed that my feet were flat! Also, I came down to the kitchen one morning and my sweet Jet's, (Labradorable), water bowl was a solid chunk of ice. Brian said he married me because I lived through that house and he knew how tough I was!

Our house now is so perfect. You will LOVE your house when it is done. That view is idyllic and I am sure you will be so happy there! Hot water and heat! Hooray!

Don't you love finding all the secret writings on the wall? So great. We found old medicine bottles in the walls of both of our houses.

Good luck with this massive project. It is so worth it! Thank you for sharing.

Annette said...

If you put in a claw foot bath tub, I'm going to come stay in that guest room.'s one thing we didn't put in this house and I've always regretted it.

Calm, Forward, Straight said...

Fun post :)

In the planning stages for building my house - large bathroom with (giant) soaking tub and spa-like shower is first on the list, non negotiable. Followed by walk in closet, fireplace and sleeping porch :)

Looking forward to following your progress!

Jessie McCandless said...

Arlene, I think (hope) you're right--I think it will be so lovely when it's done, that all this hard work will only be a memory :)

Juliette, I can't tell you how much your comment means to me!! Thank you so much for taking the time to tell me your own renovation story. It really gives me hope and makes me feel a lot more "normal" for enduring a lot of the discomfort that comes along with living in an old house mid-renovation. I'm not ghetto, I'm just pre-Home & Garden LOL! Wow, your old house predates mine by 100 years, so I bet you did find some really neat things in there! I have found a lot of neat things around the farm, but nothing inside the walls yet. I do plan on leaving something for whomever does the next renovation in the future, though :)

Jessie McCandless said...

Yes, ladies, that deep tub is my one request--I told Dad that we could put in cheap linoleum, using an old dresser as a vanity, getting light fixtures off the clearance isle or other shortcuts but one thing I do want to spend money on is a nice, deep tub. I even gave up on my screened-in porch and we're even going to forgo replacing the siding now (it is in good shape so we're just going to paint it). We're doing everything we can to make the money stretch, but some things just have to be non-negotiable, even if I have to wait a couple of years to get it! :)

I do plan on having the walk-though closet--it will work out just perfectly with extremely little added expense, and I hope to find a dual-sided fireplace to put downstairs in the wall between the dining and living rooms. I might have to give up on that last one, though--I can't find one around so I'm thinking a special order will just kill that price! Oh well :)