Tuesday, December 9, 2014

A New Beginning

It is now official: we are the proud owners of a homestead to call our own!

It's going to take a lot of work before we can move in, but we'll get there! We are hoping that will be sometime this coming spring or summer.

The list of "to-do's" is a little overwhelming:

  • New roof
  • Fix the water line
  • New septic tank & field lines (?)
  • New decking
  • New floors
  • Replace drywall in places
  • New paint
  • New cabinets
  • New counter tops
  • Fix the bridge
  • Fix up the barn
  • Fence the property
....... etc, etc, etc.

Then of course there are all the little cosmetic touches. And anything unexpected we encounter along the way.

I thought I would share some snapshots of the inside of the house, as "before" pictures, since I've already shared a post with views of the outside.

It's interesting how everything looks so much better in pictures. Believe me, it's much worse than it appears! (And it doesn't smell so great, either.)

 The kitchen has some good space to work with. We plan to give it a complete overhaul.

We have no idea whether the stove and dishwasher work. Or even the general state of the plumbing.

 The other side of the kitchen. I really don't mind the appearance of the cabinets, but a lot of them are falling apart.

 I really like the open floor plan. The paint scheme is a little bizarre. I think white paint will really brighten it up. The fireplace is a big plus! We have plans to put in a wood stove.

 The living area. You can kind of tell in this picture how rough the floor is. The laminate flooring has been ruined from years of pet urine. Ick.

 The master bedroom. I must say, I've always disliked the stripping on the walls of manufactured homes. I've been looking into ways to remove it, but that's pretty low on the list of priorities.

Master bath.

 View of the creek from the living area. We're looking forward to opening those windows in warmer weather, and listening to the water bubbling.

Another bedroom. I'm thinking we may use this as a guest room. I'm so excited to finally have a guest room!

Guest bathroom. You can see the water damage around the light. This is the worst spot in the house.

Another bedroom.

The 4th bedroom. Maybe Ian's? Haven't decided yet. By the way, everything you see in these pictures was left by the previous renter. Some of it we may keep, but a lot of it we will be hauling off.

The laundry area/mud room. We have yet to see whether our washer and dryer will fit in this space.

The sliding glass doors (which no longer slide) we will replace with French doors.

It's hard to know how to feel at this point. We need to do something to make it feel like it's really ours. Like, rip off a cabinet door or punch a hole in a wall - maybe even take a sledgehammer to the floor, lol. SOMETHING!

We will be making dozens of phone calls this week to get the contractors out there to start on all the jobs we won't be doing ourselves. Roof, first and foremost!

Wow. Just, wow. 

I am amazed how smoothly things have come together, and am SO, so thankful. 

Hopefully the rest of the process will go smoothly, too!

I'll keep you updated on our progress.

Hmmm...... I'm picturing a sign right here that says:



  1. Congratulations! I'm so happy for you guys! Can't wait to see it made your own. :D

  2. So exciting! About those strips, just take them down and use drywall mud and tape on the cracks. Then you can sand them down and paint them, or rent an airless spray outfit and spray knockdown on them. Easy Peasy! Can't wait to see how you progress, it's really a beautiful place!

    1. Thanks. I've read where people have done that. I can't wait to get started!

  3. Wow! That house has so much great potential and the land is simply beautiful! I love the creek and this last photo with the driveway and barn! It looks like a special place! Enjoy. ~ Joanna from Whitehaven Woods Rabbitry

    1. Thanks Joanna! You have such a sweet little rabbit operation. I just love looking at your photos! :)