Monday, March 14, 2011

Farmhouse Renovation Weekend 1

Weekend 1 complete-little progress.
OK, I did not realize how much work this was going to be!!!
Mike and I headed over to Forrest Grove to Sarah & Chris's 1910 Farmhouse they recently purchased. It is a bank repo and they got a good deal on it, but let me just say...
WOW, we have our work cut out!!!
This is the first time we have been inside.
Here is the house. As you can kind of see to the right there is an addition.
This addition is slopping down hill.
First step: raise the foundation to level up the room.
After what seemed like hours of trying to locate how to get under the house,
then realizing we cant, its very small down there, we had no choice but to cut through the floor.
Pulling up carpet, finding duct tape everywhere (a fix all), we finally got to the
tongue and groove.
Once we exposed under the house we realized there really isn't any foundation.
Just beams and a couple of concrete pads.
We did what we could to raise it up and made a little bit of progress on the outside wall.

Sarah and I did find some treasure down there which was really exciting.
Here is an old canning jar dated November 30, 1858. We were really excited.

An old beautiful plate. Unfortunately it was broken. But that really didn't matter to us.
I love the crazing and the detail is all in gold.

Here is a close up of the jar. We also found some really old zinc lids too.

Here are the guys and their hole.
Chris will be getting a few windows in that he ordered this week.
We will be back next weekend to finish trying to raise the room.
After the room is complete we will work on the windows, then we can paint.
We are hoping for some good weather as we will need to tear off, re-sheet and re-roof .
Did I mention how tire we are????

Hugs, Julie


Christa from Chloe Rose said...

The house looks adorable from the outside. I love the front porch. It looks like a lot of fun to do something like that. I'll be looking forward to seeing the pics of your progress.


My Shabby Roses said...

Wow, you are keeping busy Julie! The house looks wonderful, I can't wait to see more of your progress.
Fun finds too!

Molly Mo's said...

Brings back many (fond?) memories of when we first bought our 1890's farmhouse. The rule of thumb for any old house reno - it will cost twice as much and take twice as long as you think. Good thing they're young! It will all be worth it in the end, it's a labor of love. Have fun!


Florence said...

OMG how fun but a lot of work. You are a great friend to have. Hugs Florence