I’ve shown you lots of pictures of our house, but here’s some you haven’t seen.
Sorry I had to add this warning –
DO NOT LOOK
IF YOU HAVE A HEART CONDITION
(Note: I almost didn’t do this post, because some of the photos are so ugly, but I know ya’ll love a good BEFORE/AFTER story, so here goes.)
When we bought our property, this 100-year-old farmhouse was on the property. It had loads and loads of potential, but was in a sad state. Great bones but it needed a complete overhaul. We spoke with lots of experts, wrote a list of everything that needed to be done, and drew up several house plans with possible additions.
Mr. CH’s mother was coming out here a lot with us at the time and she really wanted us to have a “PROPER” house that would be more comfortable for her visits. I guess I can see that she did not want to rough it when she came. We had no indoor plumbing, so the best we could offer was a camper potty. As a real treat, I had the electrician put an electrical box on our power pole, so we could have electricity in the house. And when I say “electricity in the house,” I mean that I used a 100-ft electrical cord to get the power from the pole to the house. From that cord, we had several other extension cords snaking around to every room that had something electrical in it. So it was not an ideal situation, considering what a tripping hazard those cords were. It did mean that I was able to cook by way of an electric skillet and a crock pot.
In the end, we decided to build a new house. I know, I know, it sounds awful to those of us that love old things, but bear with me. Fast forward to 2010. Our new house is built and we are loving it, but out my front door,
this is my view.
Although the outside looked pretty sad, the interior looked much better. The windows were original with wood sashes.
The ceilings were 10 ft, the walls were ship-lap, and the baseboards were nice and tall.
The front room had a neat archway into the dining room, and the yellow pine floors were in pretty good shape.
All of the ceilings were wood also.
The kitchen however, was very scary-looking for me.
Now that we had our new house, we had a dilemma. Should we keep the old farmhouse or sell it. Were we really going to fix up the old house now?
Pro: It would be great to have the old house as a guest house.
Pro: It would be great to use for blog posts. (I didn’t have the blog back then, but wouldn’t that have been awesome???)
Con: It was going to cost a lot of money to fix it up.
Con: It was going to take a long time to fix up.
Con: Not living at the ranch full-time, it would be difficult to supervise the work.
Well, I think you can see where I was headed. I really, really wanted to keep the old house and renovate it, but I could see that it going to be a big hassle and expense. And if we didn’t replace the roof soon, the house could have sustained some serious water damage. So in the end we decided to sell it and have it moved off the ranch. For those of you that are now gasping at how sell off a part of the ranch history, let me say that I didn’t. I mean that the house really wasn’t a part of the ranch history. The previous owner had purchased the house and had it moved to the ranch. He was an architect and planned to renovate the house, but for whatever reason, it never happened. And by the time we bought the property, the house had been sitting there unimproved for six years or so. It needed some pretty immediate intervention before the roof started leaking or something gave way.
We found buyers or should I say they found us, before we even were able to list it with an agent. The couple was so sweet and I was so glad for them to have it. There was a bit of a problem though. This is the private road to our house. Would you trust that bridge to support the house?
I didn’t think so. The house mover didn’t trust it either. So how to get a house off the property? Easy, across the neighbor’s pasture. And the house mover turned out to be the same mover that brought the house to our ranch in the first place. He brought the house in across the neighbor’s pasture and that’s the way it went out. We, of course, got the neighbor’s permission first. The movers cut the house into three pieces and moved it there in sections. I know, it sounds painful, but that’s what they had to do.
And now onto the best part. Do you want to see what it looks like now after after renovation?
They removed the front porch, and moved the front door from the front of the house around to the side of the house.
I think the new owners did a fabulous job with the house, and I truly am happy that someone is enjoying it now. I still want a guest house, so who knows, we might try a reno on a much smaller old house. Or maybe we’ll just hire someone to build it new. I think I know what Mr. CH’s vote will be.