Sunday, March 5, 2017

I'll admit to a little "old" farmhouse envy!

When my husband and I began making plans to marry, we also began looking at old houses to buy and renovate.  One such house was a beautiful 2 story white farmhouse with a wrap around porch.  It had a gorgeous site with large oak trees.  It was perfect.  However, it came with 100 acres of land. Today it would be a steal, but at that time, we just couldn't afford it.  We also looked at a primitive farmhouse that would need to be moved to a new location.  For a young couple, only 20 and 22 at the time, these fixer uppers started to seem daunting.  So long story short, we did the traditional thing and built a small little house on a small lot in a neighborhood.  Time went on and we moved into a larger home and then we built our then dream house just over 20 years ago.  We had never given up the idea of that old house so we used a few antique pieces in the construction.   Once again, the cost factor and fear made us cautious about using to much of a good thing. 

My dad was a farmer and had several acres of pasture land.  Before I was born he had built 3 beautiful ponds with a small cabin and it was a beautiful site.  My husband and I had always loved this spot, never dreaming that one day it would be ours.  Once it was, we spent over 8 years working on the property to bring it back to it's former glory. 
Original cabin on property photo circa 1957 
What the cabin looked like as we began to clean up the property. 
We decided to turn this spot into an outdoor kitchen. (more on that later) 

We then decided to downsize and move to the country.  My dream would have been to have an old farmhouse to fix up.  I dream of old hardwood flooring, old shiplap walls, everything old and authentic.  However, that was not to be.  So we decided to build a new - old farmhouse.  We were fortunate to have a contractor who was willing to install old doors, light fixtures, etc.  When we started construction, we actually had a hard time finding SHIPLAP!  Don't these people watch Fixer Upper?  Now that construction is complete, I see shiplap at Lowes. 

Our new old farmhouse

Just a few of the old doors during construction

I follow a lot of people who are documenting their authentic old farmhouse renovations and I have to admit to a little envy!  To discover old hardwoods under layer's and layer's of linoleum.  Oh my goodness!   However, I know we are so blessed!  When I look out my window and see all that my dad built, I realize that the view is one I'm happy to grow old with.   In the meantime, I'll continue to work on making my new farmhouse as old as possible. 

My view as I write this blog. 

A view of the pier
I captured this shot last spring while working in my studio.  Nothing like a little nature to inspire you. 
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