Follow our journey to transform a badly neglected farm house into a home. Learn what worked and what did not and see how our projects worked out.

Adding a new door

Front porch after painting last fall

Front porch after painting last fall

One of the oddest features of this house was that it only had one door when we bought it. Not only is it inconvenient, it just did not feel right.

We decided we needed a door at the back of the house in the studio. This would create two doors in the studio, but most importantly, it would put a door near the parking area.

I still have not found the perfect front door. I know what I want, but it will have to be special order. That goes on the list of things we can do later. I opted for a door with a fantastic price and a really standard look even though it was not the best quality. I consider this a temporary solution.

Here’s what the area looked like a year ago before we fixed the siding.

From the backyard

From the backyard


After the siding was repaired and all the eaves troughs were installed.
The downspouts will have to be rerouted, but that is a simple fix.

The downspouts will have to be rerouted, but that is a simple fix.


Inside the studio

Inside the studio

Cutting the hole for the door

Cutting the hole for the door. The day really was this dreary.

After being out of town teaching for a week, this is what Dave got done.

After being out of town teaching for a week, this is what Dave got done.

These steps are only as high as a 2×4. I can easily go up and down without putting a foot on each stair. My still healing knee does not feel any pain with stairs this height. While my knee will heal, we are both getting older. These steps are the perfect long term solution!

It just needs some paint. I need a day above 50 degrees and less than 50 mile per hour winds! After a coat of paint, it will look great.

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