Well, the siding on the house was in great shape. So we blew insulation in the walls. Hurricane Harvey kindly let us know that with no moisture barrier, water would seep into the walls and soak the insulation causing a mold problem. So guess what? We had to rip everything off and redo the siding! Nobody said this was gonna be easy!
We discovered some termite damage and ended up replacing a lot of studs and reinforcing other areas. Also had to frame out openings for the new windows.
Notice that this house is framed with 4" x 4" studs on 24" centers....wow.
Moldy nastiness. Some bleach water spray and a couple sunny days and she was ready to close up again.
New siding to match what was there. Notice the black moisture barrier and furring strips to which we attach the siding. This enables moisture to vent out through the 3/4 inch space behind the siding to prevent the problem we had.
Spot priming knots.
We had beautiful period correct windows made to match the style of what was probably in the house originally. These are made of Sipo Mahogany and will last a LONG time!
Driveway work starting
A big tractor helped us find the septic tank. Oops!
This is the parlor at the time we purchase the house. I figure the house was 'redone' in the 60s or 70s.
Master bedroom before surgery.
Family room when we bought the house. Notice the 70s style aluminum windows. That aint happening....this baby is gonna get some love.
Is that the set of the Wonder Years? Nope...it's an 1880s farmhouse that got some 'love' in the 60s. Oh the things I'm going to do!
Entry hall. Notice the faux wood laminate flooring which is covering actual long leaf pine floors. Makes you think.
Demo begins! Notice the hole where the original wood stove would have vented out of the house. The kitchen area was likely added in the '20s
There was carpet or laminate flooring covering all of the original long leaf pine! score!
Hello Red Carpet...you're next!
We found original beadboard under the drywall on all the ceilings! Loving this discovery process
Oh. My. God. Why is there drywall?!
Original 1800s wallpaper in the entry hall. Has been sitting under drywall for a LONG time.
Surprisingly this house did not have transom windows, so we made some and framed them in. Cant have an 1880s farmhouse with no transoms!!
We had to borrow some shiplap from the parlor to patch in the entry hall where it's going to be exposed. We put plywood where we stole shiplap.
Somebody decided putting thousands of staples into these original wood floors was a good idea. Needless to say, pulling them out was a major task. Thanks staple guy....grrrrr.
Almost ready for drywall in the parlor.
Entry hall walls.
Whoa! entry hall with primer coat.
master bathroom. We sourced shiplap for the walls.
We installed all new casings on all doors and windows to match the style that was very likely there in the 1800s!
Matching the original beadboard wasnt easy...but we eventually found it!
Kitchen cabinets going in!
Bode the farm dog. "Drrrrrrrr give me love" he says.
Sanding the floors
We had to patch some floor boards with wood taken from other old houses. Dwayne Naylor knows how to do floors!!
Carolynn and the monkeys...patiently waiting....they didnt realize we still had like 7 months to go when this photo was taken....I didnt either!
We found door knobs that are exact replicas of late 1800s styles...pretty cool.
Kitchen drywall is up.
Kitchen Cabinets being painted.
Kitchen backsplash is in!
Vent pipe for the wood stove we installed in the family room. Propane is expensive and we have a lot of wood to burn on the farm!
Sanding the floors....look at the difference!!
Finally done with the floors! This is a clear finish...aren't they beautiful??!
I fancy myself a bit of an architect/ designer haha