Homestead Renovation Update with Pictures

The renovation is in full swing at the Homestead!  Demolition is about 95% complete with the majority of the work done by John with some help from our dear brothers.  Even I got in there one day with a crowbar and tore down some trim and walls.  The next step after demolition, while the walls are down, is the electrical work before the insulation and sheetrock can go up.

Check out these pics:

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Looking thru JWs closet to the front door and kitchen

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John taking down the large and in the way pantry in the kitchen

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The bedrooms down to the studs

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The far wall in the living room leading to the sun room

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We were unable to save the beautiful cedar entertainment area 😦 it is ok tho I am sure John will make it look great with a mantel.

Check back soon for more renovation updates!


Dreams and Ideas for the Homestead Remodel

It has been a very long and bumpy road on our path to owning our own homestead.  This has given me plenty of time to dream on what I imagine the finished home to look and feel like.  My husband is going to be doing the majority of the work on the house with his father, who just so happens to be a contractor, so I wanted to give them some ideas on what I would like to see.  John was very gracious and truly did like everything I came up with.  Of course, after this I am leaving it in their very capable hands to do with what they wish, can’t wait to see how it turns out!

Here are some ideas, what do you think?

bathroom kitchen livingroom master bdrm playroom other ideas*Disclaimer* I totally just found these pictures all around the internet, mostly Pinterest and Google, and do not take ANY credit what so ever for them.


Introducing Our Newly Purchased Suburban Homestead

I am super excited to announce that we have purchased our brand new Suburban Homestead!  Papers are signed, handshakes exchanged and keys ours.  It was a long road, over a year of downsizing, saving, compromising and searching.  But, it was worth it and we could not have done it without the support of our wonderful and loving family!

In order to stay within our budget and still get the home and land we wanted, we needed to look a bit farther than we originally intended.  Our new home is about 45 minutes north of our family and business, this means some commuting for my husband and a travel commitment from family and friends.  The distance and numerous renovations that need to be done, did not out weight how much we fell in love with this property and are very excited for our little family to start our new life, in a new town.

Follow us over the next year (or more) as we transform this cozy cottage into a hard working homestead.

So here is it! Our new home (some photos are with my fancy smancy camera and some with an iPhone- sorry)



The cute little red house!


Although very pretty, these bushes are so overgrown and need to be either repaired, moved or just torn down.



The mudroom entrance, we very much dislike the wood palette steps and are more than likely changing to cement.



Beautiful, old fashioned dutch door with a super cool bell!

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One area of the basement with built in shelving for my jars 🙂

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A semi-creepy basement work area the hubby has claimed, I am not sad about that in the least.

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Full walk-up stairs leading to the attic.

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The attic that holds the forced hot air/central air unit and it is just begging to be finished into another usable room.

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Bedroom #1.

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Closet in bedroom #1.

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Bedroom #2.

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Other side of bedroom #2.

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Beautiful sunroom looking out onto the 1+ acres and chicken coop.  If you know me well enough, you know this room will be put to work. The sunroom will soon be turned into a greenhouse, how you ask? Thats the fun part! Stay tuned!

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The half complete (and only) bathroom.

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Still not complete.

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Old tub in, still, the ONLY bathroom.  Not a fan of this particular amenity of the house.



As much as I am not a fan of wood paneling, I do love the cedar work around the fireplace in the living room and hope to keep it in tact.

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The kitchen that needs all appliances, going to be a little expensive but I am looking forward to picking out the type of appliances I REALLY want.

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Eat-in part of the kitchen and the mud room.

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The formal dinning room that was once a 3rd bedroom and with the addition of a wall will be magically restored giving JW his big boy bedroom.

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A wider view of the living room leading out to the sun room.

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And lastly, the quietest neighbors you could ever have, a historic cemetery.

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Yup, a cemetery, you can literally touch a tombstone from our driveway.  We don’t mind one bit.



I don’t think I will ever get tired of this view!

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I knew it was meant to be the first time we pulled up and we’re greeted with a chicken sign “one cool chick lives here.”Here are the projects we have to complete before we can even move in:

There is a lot of work to be done. Here are the projects we have to complete before we can even move in:

  • clean, scrub and disinfect from top to bottom
  • purchase and install mailbox
  • replace all doors, locks and hardware
  • install home alarm
  • remove wood paneling and replace with insulated sheetrock
  • put wall back up for 3rd bedroom
  • strip, sand and re-stain floors
  • replace electrical wires and outlets
  • paint, paint, paint
  • remove baseboard heating units
  • install condenser, fix duct work and connect forced air unit
  • sheetrock in bathroom and install vanity
  • purchase and install appliances

The rest of the remodel list can be completed after we move in and might take YEARS, but we are excited and cannot wait to get started!

OH! I almost forgot! Don’t even get me started about the yard! Over an acre of fenced in almost level property, it is just begging for a chicken coop and run, a dozen raised beds, compost piles, tool shed, and a fruit orchard!  Many hard working long days ahead, YAY!