So, after seeing a lot of interest in what we’re doing, I decided to start a blog!
To kick it off we’ll start at the beginning and answer the question that many have asked–How did you come to buy this place?
It started about a year ago….
After Henry was born, we realized pretty quick that our current home wasn’t going to cut it for a family. Jake and I bought it right after we got married and it was the perfect starter home. We’ve done a lot of work on our little cottage and have loved it over the past six years. We always thought that we would stay here, but alas, we started a family, and suddenly we started to notice a couple of negatives with our house.
First, it’s SMALL. It’s a whopping 970 square feet. It was perfect when it was just the two of us and a dog, but adding a baby and all of the things that a baby needs, makes for some closed quarters.
Second, it’s on a very busy street. This was actually one of the things that appealed to me when we bought our house. I loved the idea of being on one of the main streets in town. Now with a toddler and no fence, that busy street has become one of the biggest sources of stress in my life.
It’s just not practical for us anymore.
A little over a year ago my sister brought up a house that seemed abandoned. She knew we were trying to find another old house and she has a knack for noticing every old house in this town.
She convinced me to take a walk last summer check out the property. I had seen this house many times before, but I don’t think I truly saw it. It just never jumped out at me. Honestly that could have been caused by the overgrowth that was hiding it. The more I walked around the outside, the more it started to appeal to me.
The next day Christy was on it. She called the courthouse and got a phone number. She ended up getting in touch with the owner. They said they would sell it eventually, but had personal matters to take care of before they could think about selling.
Weeks went by. Then months went by. And I kept thinking about it. Anytime I was out running errands I made a point to drive by. I wanted to see more.
I decided to call the owner that my sister had spoken to, just to introduce myself. I understood that they weren’t quite ready to sell, but I wanted to let them know that I was seriously interested when they were ready. I got an answering machine, left what I’m sure was a very awkward sounding voicemail, and waited some more.
A few weeks later I got a phone call from the sister of the person I had called. I was afraid that I was going to hear “We’re not interested in selling.” but it was quite the opposite.
I found out that this was her and her sister’s (along with 7 other siblings) parent’s house. They all grew up in it, and it had been in the family since 1924. We spent close to an hour on the phone. She told me about the layout, and shared a few stories of her childhood there. I even found out that they played with my uncles when they were all kids, because my great grandmothers house used to stand right behind theirs. She ended the call by saying that she lived out of the area and would call me when they made their next trip to town to let me see the inside.
A few weeks later I got the call.
The inside was in rough shape. In addition to the grittiness of being uninhabited for so long it had cloth wiring, bad plumbing, an animal infestation (Fun fact–Jake chased a cat out the day we closed), and some of the floors were caving downstairs. But looking past all of it’s flaws, it was gorgeous and it needed our help. We fell in love.
We looked at the house in the fall, right before the holiday season, so Jake and I decided it was best to wait until after the first of the year to move forward. It made for a long two months, but 2018 finally came. I contacted them again and we started to work on an agreement. After another few months of negotiations and processing, we finally bought it, and we couldn’t be happier!
Are we crazy? Probably. But I think the crazies have more fun! I’ll be updating this blog as we go, so keep an eye out for new posts to see all of this insanity unfold.
side note–if you want to see a video tour of the house check out Jake’s Youtube channel. He’ll be keeping a video log of the restoration!