If you read our post about the raised garden beds, you already know the story behind our farmhouse. This little house is a total answer to prayer! We bought it at an auction and the land was everything we had dreamed of and more. Unfortunately, the house was a complete and utter disaster. If this poor house could talk, I wouldn't want to hear the stories it told. The carpet had an odor that was indescribable. Floors were rotten, the heat pump was toast, the walls were full of holes, and the bathrooms... well, let's just not talk about that.
Thankfully, I married a guy who is pretty amazing and he can build practically anything. His dad is a general contractor and he grew up learning the ropes of building and remodeling. So while I was horrified by the sight (and smell) of the house when we first looked at it, Josh saw it as a project and couldn't wait to get started.
Once we bought the house at auction, we began the long process of renovations. It took 7 months to get it to a point where we could move in. About five months into the work, our other house sold so we moved in with my in-laws while we finished it (thanks Alvin and Debbie!). It's still a work in progress as we finish a few things here and there, but we love it! It has plenty of room, an open floor plan, and a huge kitchen that is perfect for cooking, canning, and spending time together as a family.
Eventually, I hope to write a post about each room and what was involved in the renovation. But for now, here are some pictures of our renovation journey...