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Our 1960 Farmhouse Remodel

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If you've been following along on my Instagram then you may have seen my picture our current project. My husband and I are so excited to finally get started on our the interior of our home. We moved into our 1960 farmhouse 4 years ago. The photo above was taken on the day we got the keys!!
There were a lot of issues with exterior of the house that we knew needed to be taken care of before we could even think about remodeling the interior.
Here is a list of what we have already done:
  • Removed the bushes on the right which were trapping moisture and causing the siding to rot.
  • Removed and replaced rotted siding.
  • Removed the rest of the bushes around the home.
  • Did a lot of dirt work around the home to divert rain water.
  • Fixed the foundation that was sinking due to the rainwater.
  • Replaced the roof
  • Tore down the rotting back deck.
  • Painted the exterior dark grey.
There is still a lot of work to be done to the exterior but with the foundation and roof fixed, we can finally get started on the interior.

And just in case you are wondering why we bought a house that needed so much work... Aside from the great potential we saw in the home, it also came with 10 acres that included this gorgeous, fishing pond!

The above photos are an addition that was added onto the back of our home sometime before we bought it (we are not sure of the exact date.) At first glance the room doesn't look so bad but there was a lot wrong with it. Just to name a few...
  • The bottom half of the walls were covered in ugly, stained plywood.
  • There appears to have been a built-in of some sort (we think it was a fireplace) in the corner. It was not removed properly and they left a large board across the ceiling with a not of nails sticking out of it.
  • The walls were not insulated properly so it gets really hot in the summer and really cold in the winter.
  • The roof leaked where the addition was attached to the original home. 
  • The back sliding door was not installed properly and water pours in every time it rains.
  • There were random wires sticking out of random holes in the walls.
  • None of the recessed lights work.
Along with these issues (and a few more) the room was just really long and awkward. When we first moved in, we had no idea what to do with this room. We tried it as a living room, office, bedroom, playroom, but nothing really worked. Over the past few years of living in the home we really got a feel for how we wanted to use this area.

Here is the original floor plan of the room. Our remodel will also included the pantry which was part of the addition, and left an awkward nook in the corner of the living area.
Here are our plans for this room. 
We will be enlarging the pantry to get rid of the funky nook. (That means we had to remove our EasyCloset Pantry System but we will be replacing it once the wall is back up.) Then we will be dividing the room into three separate areas. 

The home was listed as a three bedroom but there were actually only two bedrooms with a large, open area upstairs that they counted as a third bedroom. We really wanted to add in another bedroom and since there was already a door on the right, we thought is would be the perfect spot. 

The left side of the room will be an office, guest bedroom, or possibly a small play room/t.v. room for the girls. Since this room is smaller, we will be adding a pocket door to save on space. 

The center will become our new dining room. (Stay tuned to find out what we will be doing with our current dining room!!) Eventually we would like to build a large deck and patio out back with a built in outdoor kitchen area. Having the dining room close to the outdoor kitchen will come in handy. Not to mention that there is an amazing view of the pond from the back door.

We also have huge plans for the rest of the house but all that will come with time. I'm so excited to share this new adventure with y'all.

P.S. I will be sharing our before and afters on the blog as-well-as any diy's along the way but if you want to know what's going on behind the scenes be sure to follow me on Instagram @diyhsh.

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