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My mom is in the process of restoring an old family home. Her plan is to move into this house once she has the bulk of the work complete. She’s had the windows replaced, electrical work done, and has done some of the work herself including fixing and painting the shutters. Mama lives on our family farm and is tired of being all by herself way out in the country. The home that she is restoring is in a cute small town about 20 minutes from where she lives now. A relative built the home around the turn of the century. I’m going to visit her for a few days and do whatever I can to help her out. I know that one thing we will work on is stripping wallpaper. I hope to take bunches of pictures of the inside so that I can share before and after pictures with you.
The house is on a corner in the “tree street” area of the small town. Being on a corner gives her a more open back yard. She has enough old iron fencing to go along the front, side, and back of the property. We think that this will look nice and it will keep dogs from pooing in her yard. (Don’t get me started on that!!!!) The shutters that I told you that she scraped and painted had been stored in a barn on my grandmother’s farm. Thank goodness that people of her generation did not throw anything away. The house looks so much better with shutters. She has big landscaping plans for both the front and back yards.
Can’t you see yourself sitting on one of these porches drinking coffee or a glass of iced tea?
The inside of this house needs a ton of work. The kitchen is usable, but really needs to be gutted. The floors need refinishing and the entire inside needs to be painted. The main bath does not have a shower, just a claw footed tub. Everything works, it just needs to be updated. The upstairs has four bedrooms. Her plan is to turn one of the bedrooms into a dressing area and closet. Speaking of closets, there are very few of them and they are not deep at all. The main floor has a small kitchen, dining room, parlor, and family room. The parlor has gorgeous old sliding doors. The basement was an apartment at one time and has a full bath and laundry area. Don’t imagine anything grand. My mom had a new toilet put in and made sure that the plumber fixed the sink and shower. This bathroom needs some serious work.
Take a look! I told you she has her work cut out for her!
This bathroom was definitely added when someone decided to use the house as apartments. It is tiny and has the weirdest shape. We’ll need to put a glass block wall in the opening that you see to the left of the sink. If she doesn’t do glass block, I guess she could put some sheet rock there. Knowing Mama, she probably has a plan!
I intent to take a lot of pictures of the interior to share. Having a big project like this is a challenge, but it has been my mom’s dream forever and ever to fix up an old house. I know that she’ll make this house a home that she’ll enjoy for years and years.
Stay tuned for more!