Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Our New Home

We bought a house! We bought a house!

For the past year and a half we have been living in a very tiny apartment here in Vermont. When we moved here it was our intention of it being very temporary. But life doesn't like to follow our rules so here we are.

We were finally able to buy but because we still own our other home in Indiana we were not approved for much. We live in a very pricey part of town and we were very discouraged that our budget was going to be so low.

I searched for houses in our price range and was thoroughly disgusted to find two mobile homes and one old farm house. We didn't want to switch schools and we really love the area. So I called Matt.

"There is one house in the whole town in our price range. I guess we should go see it?"

So we did. As we were driving out to the house I was thinking, "Where are we going?!" It felt like we were out in the middle of nowhere but it really was only a few minutes away from the middle of town. When we pulled up and I saw the view, I was sold. You can't buy this kind of view for the price they were asking.


It was very obvious how much work the house needed. Lots and lots of work. Lots and lots of money. But so worth it. We fell in love with the house. The price, even with added costs of renovation, was affordable. It was a foreclosure so we knew we could get it even cheaper than the asking price.

We were sold!




We were told it was built in 1850 but after some research it looks like it may have been 1860. It was built on one of the main parts of town at the time and is listed as having historic significance at the state level. I definitely plan on looking into that detail more! Unfortunately a lot of the original character was lost in renovations but there are still many characteristics that I'm really in love with.

I plan on sharing all of our renovations with you all here on the blog.  Renovating an old farm house has been one of those things I've always dreamed about and I am super excited to get started!

During my research on the history of the home I read in a book called "Down Depot Hill" (wrote last year) this line from a resident of the street:

"Life here may likely be a modern version of what it was like for the folks who first settled here. Families are still working the earth, the neighborhood kids are still getting together to play out-of-doors in the fields and woods, and the old houses are still providing shelter from Mother Nature."

That line alone makes my heart squeal. That is exactly the kind of place where I want to raise my boys.

I'm so excited to get started on this new journey and equally thrilled to share it with all of you!

Stay tuned!

5 comments:

  1. So excited for you guys.  Can't wait to see the renovations!! :)

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  2. A woman (and man) after my own heart!  We have gutted and remodeled two of our three homes in 42yrs of marriage and I loved every minute of it.  I loved the dust and the dirt and adore the smell of new sheet rock and paint.  I loved dreaming and decorating and would do it again if the occasion brought itself forward!!
    So have fun and enjoy the journey, it's a challenge but a fun one. It's not for the faint of heart but a priceless adventure for those with a vision that few understand!!  I could dream in color  and I bet you can too.
    What you love and learn to do in the natural transfers over to the spiritual.  I learned to see people like my old houses, broken down and in need of restoration and learned how to come along side and help restore their lives.
    Really have fun and be patient as it can test a relationship after the newness wears off !!  lol
    Barb

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  3. Awesome!! So excited for you and your family!!

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  4. Thank you so much Barb! Your words have encouraged me and totally made my day. And yes, I DO dream in color! :)

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