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.

Getting ready for professional kitchen design

I designed our kitchen on Main St., but I just cannot come up with a plan for this house. I’ve decided to get some help. Our existing kitchen on Main St. I think I did a good job on our existing kitchen. It’s been in place since about 1992 or so. I recently added the […]

How we cleaned tree roots out of our well

Getting a well going that had been abandoned for at least a year was relatively easy, keeping it going was much harder. Before you buy land in the country, ask the neighbors or a water purification contractor what the water is like in your area. Our realtor had tipped us off that the water on […]

Creative fiberboard siding repairs with marine shrink wrap tape

Now that we have most of the siding repairs done, the house looks much better from the street, but it is fifty shades of white. We used aluminum siding that was white, new but not weathered so it does not match perfectly. We used primer and any left over white house paint plus a few […]

One bedroom done, now we need the floor.

I finished the painting in the upstairs bedroom. Feels good to get some progress done. The video below will give you a quick look. I have the wall with the bad outlet repaired and painted. Dave has installed fresh new electrical outlets and switches. He had to evict one past tennant – a dead mouse […]

The first room is painted

Well, at least the ceiling and walls are done. I still need to paint the trim – I’ll have to wait to see if these windows will be in the batch we replace this year, spray paint the heat register grills in the ceiling, and paint the closet. Here’s what it looked like before I […]

Cherries and raspberries and blackberries, Oh my!

Just shortly after we closed on the property, the tart cherries were ripe. We did not get to enjoy too many of them because several of the prime harvest days were spent at the hospital. We meet one of the neighbors and invited her to help herself. Luckily she was able to pick some, the […]

The creepy crawlys got me today – Box Elder bugs

The basement is getting waterproofed so when I need to make a phone call I have to go outside. I was wondering around the yard talking on the phone when I noticed this tree limb. I bent over to pick it up and to throw it into the ravine. OMG. It was covered in small […]

Basement Waterproofing is the first step

We’ve used Everdry before for our house on Main St. and the basement has stayed dry for 23 years. It is expensive, but they take care of everything and don’t nickle and dime you to death with all the unknowns they will find. I figure with a house this old, they are bound to find […]

Barn Sliding Door for the Powder Room

I love it when things “just work out.” I rarely purchase magazines but last week I knew I would be spending time at the hospital with my husband, so I picked up the most interesting magazine I would find after only about 20 seconds of looking. I usually take more care, but I was in […]

With a little help from our friends

Last Thursday David had severe shortness of breath. We went to the emergency room. Diagnosis – congestive heart failure. We are taking this one step at a time. Next month he will get a difibrulator. In the meantime, the grass continues to grow. Several of Dave’s shooting buddies and ex co-workers showed up without our […]