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    Carriage house

    A carriage house is a building or outbuilding that is separate from the living quarters.  It was originally designed for the storage of coaches, carriages, other vehicles, and sometimes horses. When we first gained access, this outbuilding was used for storing a variety of things.  It was literally packed to the rafters with raspberry crates, horse tack, tools,  and farm equipment.   A dividing wall has been removed.  The rotted wood floor has been restored, and we are using this outbuilding as the woodworking shop. Originally, there were three sliding doors.   Those doors were highly inefficient because when open, they would conflicted with each other.  That meant only one door at…

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    We are spending time shopping around

    “We are spending time shopping around” are the correct words but not in the right order.  We are actually spending time around the shop.  The process has seemed to take a while, but a lot has been done.  This has been a multi-layer process: Cleaning, inside and out.  This building was hard to see when we purchased this property because it was completely overgrown.  Part one of the process was to clear the brush covering the building and then clean the  interior that was filled with “stuff”…. 2. Removing wall to open space… 3. Replacing rotted floor boards and leveling… 4. Replacing inefficient slider doors with carriage doors. This building…

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    A window of opportunity

    We had a window of opportunity to make this farmhouse even prettier, so we took it. The basement windows were boarded up.  We added trim.. And, new windows… We love the new bright look, both inside and out… Next post, we are going door to door….coming soon.

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    Check it out(building)

    Next in line for this farmhouse revival is the revival of this outbuilding – the original barn. The first step, as with the house, was cleanup. The interior has been rebuilt.  Electricity and lighting have been added.  Much of the floor was rotted and therefore replaced. Due to neglect, the front of the structure sank about four inches. Along with replacing sections of the floor, the front building was lifted to its original position. There was an interior wall that divided the building into two rooms, that wall limited the functional space, so it was removed. This space was the home to many living creatures for years, as evidenced by…

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    Elbow grease

    It was time to get this beautiful old bookcase restored.  What is it called…column, bookcase, cabinet?  We really don’t know.   With our remodel there was no question that, whatever it is called, this was original to the house and would be restored and remain the center of attention when entering the room. Some trim needed to be added but mostly the process was a matter of time and elbow grease. That is a term most of us are familiar with.  Simply put, it means to apply physical effort.   It has been said this expression, dating from the seventeenth century, originally referred to a joke played on a new apprentice, who…

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    The final step

    We have completed the last big final step.  When we purchased this old farmhouse, the stairwell had no rails, newel posts, or balusters. We put a temporary railing system in place for safety purposes.   We did not consider the original design of the stairs with no railing to be very safe. Our restoration redesign created a safe and attractive solution. Looking back, this “room” required more time and energy than any room previously restored in the house.  That is one of the reasons is was left as one the last big restoration projects. The process started with brightening up the area by changing the ceiling.  Remember, the old ceiling was flat.…

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    No man is an island

    What’s the meaning of the phrase ‘No man is an island’?  That phrase expresses the idea that human beings are not meant to be isolated from others.  Humans need to be part of a community in order to thrive. This is certainly an intriguing phrase to ponder during our recent social modifications due to the Covid19 pandemic. Our farmhouse revival has been a substantial venture.  The combination of navigating the current pandemic and the extensive nature of this farmhouse revival actually makes this remodel therapeutic.  This restoration has brought with it healthy distraction.  Our farmhouse revival has kept us busy and engaged in activities to keep us positive. The most…

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    reflections

    Transitioning into a new year brings with it a time of reflection for the year that has passed.  The year 2020 is certainly one of the most interesting years to prompt deep refection.  January is our time of reflection. What will you remember 2020 for? The response for most of us would be PANDEMIC! What are you proud of? Farmhouserevivers.com What was your biggest challenge? Again, the pandemic Which word/s describes 2020? Prayer, patience, and perseverance Our 2020 in review: Before the monthly summary begins, here is just one snapshot to compare the beginning of our restoration project and the end of 2020: Many projects were completed simultaneously throughout the…

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    It’s all above board

    It’s all above board, the bathtub board that is. We are adding more finishing touches as we continue our farmhouse restoration projects. Where we started: We moved the tub out to the porch so we could perform an acid wash to clean and etch the surface in preparation for the resurfacing epoxy. This was a two-part product (epoxy and constituent) that was very easy to work with but was also extremely messy. The restoration process went very well thanks to the videos available for this project. The resurfacing was followed up with painting the tub’s exterior (black) and claw feet (sparkle silver): Then returned the tub to its location.  This…

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    Were you born in a barn?

    Were you born in a barn? That is a rhetorical phrase intended to criticize the person who left the door open.  Its origin might originate because barn doors are opened in the early morning to let the cows out to pasture.  The door would remained open until the cows were herded back in for milking in early evening. Well, this place might prompt the thought “were you born in a barn” because we now have two beautiful barn doors.  One in the master bedroom and this most recent in the dining room. And yes, they will usually be left open. Barn doors are a trend these days.  We consider these…