For those of you new here on the blog I’m going to do a quick recap before I tell everyone the latest news with the house. Kramer and I bought a foreclosure house back in August of 2013. Here it is…
I was ready for us to own our own home and with Kramer being a stubborn and insisting that we live close to the farm and with him being super cheap, this was the best I could get him to commit to. Seriously… $24,000 was the amount I could get him to put into the house..and that’s what we got it for.
We ripped off the back 1/3 of the house. You can see the part that juts out here. From there, all across the back is what came off. Check out this blog post to see why we took that part off.
As crappy as the house looked from the outside, it was the woodwork we fell in love with.
We also liked that the house was very open inside. Most old houses aren’t.
We bought the lot next to the house for $8000. We needed it to be able to add this garage.
We hired an architect and he came up with a plan and we modified it a bit to come up with this. We also added on a kitchen, laundry and bathroom along with a larger entry way.
Work on the house didn’t start until the following year.
We not so patiently waited for plumbers and electricians and other workers.
From the outside our house looks awesome…
the inside, needs work. We moved in before most people would have. Lots of things aren’t done…even five years later. We were okay with that. Kramer liked projects…for the most part I did too.
But..in June of 2019 Kramer died and I’m left with projects I don’t know quite know how to tackle. My stairs going to the upstairs, is the biggest eye sore.
Ick..right?? I’ve been living with them for five years and decided, it’s time. I’ve been waiting to get the gumption to do it. All I could see ahead is hours on my hands and knees sanding and pulling nails. That didn’t sound fun at all. Then I heard of a place that refinishes without sanding. I saw that he had redone the floors of a Facebook friend of mine. It looked good. Hmm. That sounded interesting to me. I wondered if he did stairs. I got up the nerve and asked.
I talked to the guy and he’s going to be coming. I’m so excited!! I feel the price is reasonable…I’m so thrilled!! Saving my time and my knees is so exciting and beyond that, it will be professionally done! YAHOO!!
That leads me to another problem. When we moved here, I had only one icky beat up newel cap.
Kramer had bought a turning lathe with the intention of making two but that didn’t happen. So I started looking online. I found a guy on Ebay that makes them. That’s awesome. I’m checking with the local woodworking place here in town before I order from him. I’m so excited…
Did I say how excited I am?? I AM!!!
Fixing the stairs is actually going to happen. I have other projects planned for the house over the next coming year. I’m so happy that I finally will get some more things done. I’m hoping someday the inside of the house will look as nice as the outside.
If you’re up to follow along for some more remodeling projects, stay tuned!