A post from Kelli
The other day, mom shared with you that I was able to see my house last week on Thursday. The house had previously been a rental and the owners that we bought the farm from had not been in the house for nearly 5 years. I have to admit that I was extremely nervous about the whole thing. It turns out that my nervousness was warranted as it wasn’t in as good of condition that we were hoping for. Overall, the updates and changes that we will need to make are fairly easy and I really think that a good scrubbing and a coat of paint will fix most problems that we have with the house. A lot of the other things that we would like to do with the house are things that can be done over a period of time when money will allow.
So without further ado–Let me introduce you to the living room.
I know that all of the pictures aren’t the best, but we saw the house at night and I wanted to snap some pictures to share before we left. The carpet in the living room still has a lot of life left in it, but is very stained. We measured things out and are going to get a rug to cover up things as they didn’t come out after the carpets were cleaned. In the next few years I think we are going to replace the carpet in the living room, dining room, and upstairs hallway. I have been told though that there might be hardwood floors under the carpet…..
The dining room–
The dining room connects to the living room to the right on this picture. I should also note that this room is what most people call the dining room. We have decided that this will also double as my sewing room. There is a really small bedroom upstairs that I am going to use to store most of my sewing things and just have a small table downstairs here to work on a project or two at a time. I think I’m going to also try to get a desk set up for schoolwork in here.
Here is my bathroom. It’s a bit different as it has a little hallway kind of thing entering the room. I have been told that this was originally one room with the laundry room, but was converted to move the bathroom inside. There are some very nice cupboards that will be extremely useful. And a bathtub! Believe it or not, I haven’t had a usable bathtub for about 5 years and I am really looking forward to a relaxing bath after moving!
The laundry room–
The laundry room is a bit of an odd shape and it may be better to describe this room as the catch-all room. The left closet can be used for general storage, however I think we are going to use it for Jason’s farm clothes. The right closet is going to be used as our pantry. There is a space to the left in the picture that is where the washer and dryer will be going. To the right is a beautiful hutch type cupboard–
It is absolutely ginormous! This is the part of the house that I am most excited for. The house that we currently are living in is small and also houses 4 appliances–washer, dryer, stove and fridge–as well as 4 doorways! The new kitchen also has counter space that goes on for days. One of my favorite things about the kitchen is that it has a space for a dishwasher. The one that is currently there is functional, but gross, so I’m hoping that Jason can get a new one hooked up soon!
This is the other part of the kitchen (it would match up to the right side of the above picture). When I was talking to the previous owners the last few days, they were telling me that this was originally part of the porch, but when they remodeled it in the 90′s, they decided to enclose it and make it part of the kitchen.
And this is Jason’s favorite part of the new house–The machine shed! I have to admit that I am also kind of excited for this. One thing that I don’t like about the house that we live in right now is that the home farm is about 5 miles from our house which is just far enough that it makes it harder for Jason to come home for lunch or just to stop in and say hi. I’m really hoping that now that the big machine shed will be closer and the fact that they have cattle on this farm will bring him in for lunch once in a while or a quick snack or just to say hi.
And my friends–There you have it! It’s nothing too huge or extravagently fancy, but it has all of the qualities that I was looking for–A larger kitchen, a space to sew downstairs, sufficient storage, and it’s closer to the farm. I really think that with a bit of paint, some elbow grease, and a little bit of time, we’ll have a great start on making it our own!