I have been hesitant to post pictures of the inside of the house. It’s scary…if you can’t see the possibilities of what it could be. As I said, it is a ‘fixer upper’, and we are going into it knowing that.
I wanted to show pictures of the outside first so that you all can see why we have fallen in love with the place. As we have been looking for property, it has always been the outside…the land and the location that has been most important to us. The house has been relatively inconsequential. We want to downsize. We have even thought about buying land and building a simple, crude cabin to live in, so having a structure already in place that just needs to be fixed up is even better.
I have to say, though, that I love this little house already. I think it’s cute from the outside and that it has character. It also has good bones. The skin and the muscles need a little work, but we have ideas for it. The possibilities are almost endless. It’s like having a clean slate.
Though there will be some things we will need to hire out, we want to do most of the work ourselves. As Bud has pointed out, if you hire someone to do things, they will just rip everything out and toss it. It will also be much less expensive if we do the work ourselves.
This house is framed in oak…something the inspector said is unheard of in these times. It has oak for the framing, and underneath the paneling, there are oak planks…at least we think there is. We have seen it in the pantry, and we believe it originally had oak planks for the walls on the inside. If the oak is as extensive as we think it is, we’d like to re-use it.
I’m a sucker for ‘rustic’, and I have seen some really great wood floors that were made of reclaimed wood…holes, cracks and all. Bud has had the idea of planing the wood to use for the floors, but I think it would be great just like it is. We’ll just have to see how much of it we have to work with.
The house is about 60-70 years old. It is about 1000 square feet. That is not including the attic, which we are thinking about converting to a loft. There are no stairs to the loft so these pictures of the attic were taken by sticking an arm up there though the hole and snapping the picture with the camera on the phone, but I want to give you an idea of how great this could be.
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Here are some photos of the loft in the Silver Run cabins we stayed in:
I’m consciously trying to make my blog posts shorter. 😉 There are more pictures of the inside to come!