Tuesday, November 27, 2012

a long time coming

In 2007, the same year Liam was born, Brandon and I decided to up and move.  We wanted to raise our little ones somewhere with space, with access to nature's playground and room for more sustainable living.  We lost a lot selling our suburban house at that point in the crash of the U.S. housing market, but it felt 100% right.

 Original house, 2007

This is what our 60's farmhouse looked like in 2007, when we bought it.  That's my Dad in the picture, who advised we'd be better off bulldozing the whole thing and starting from scratch.

original Sewing Room

Honestly, the first time I set foot in this house I felt I could never live here.  It was run down, smelly, and just freakishly textured.

original Living Room

See what I mean?  The house was a disaster.  But, it was nestled on 7 beautiful acres in a nice area.  It was land we would never otherwise be able to afford.  We didn't have the money to rebuild, but we could remodel with our own sweat equity.  In fact, Brandon did most everything (with help from his Dad and mine). We gutted the inside, rented a dumpster, and put in new floors, walls, electric, even some plumbing.  My man is SO handy!

living with patchwork

my new space!

Can you believe these are pictures of the same two rooms in our house?
 
I love our home.  Hope we never move!  But, well, we still hadn't done anything for the outside when I first mentioned the idea of getting it painted this summer.  That's why I wanted to use the money from the craft show combined with my birthday gift to cover those dirty beige bricks with some respectable fresh paint.

the Porch before

Though, if we're painting, maybe we should get rid of those dated shutters?  Hmm... what about gray paint and black shutters?  (I really wanted gray paint and bright yellow shutters, or anything with some color, but men are so color-shy.)  No matter what we dreamed up, the annoying brown windows spoiled the look.  And then there was that rusty, iron porch.  How come you can't just improve one thing on a house?  It's always the snowball effect.

the Porch after

When I received an very unexpected and generous gift for my birthday we decided to go all in.  New porch, new paint, new windows.  White windows!  And all fully functional!  Like normal people. Yay! 

the new look

Brandon built it!

My favorite part of the exterior remodel is the porch.  I never realized how much the old one truly sucked.  Brandon and his Dad (both experienced woodworkers) built the new porch in 2 weeks, just in time for the painting crew.  I think it turned out fabulous!  And, it was the cheapest part of the remodel.  Score!

our home, 2012

So, this is our humble home.  A friend said it looks like "us" on the outside now.  I say it's finally respectable.  Ok, I admit, I think it looks nice.  And "nice" has been a long time coming.

a long time coming

Thanks for stopping by and being part of this journey!  Who would have ever thought that sewing would be instrumental in bringing us home?

65 comments:

  1. What an amazing transformation. It looks like the perfect place to grow up...not to mention that sewing area - to die for!

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  2. WOW!!!! This is absolutely beautiful!!! I would have had the same feeling the first time I saw it too but WOWZA! Its gorgeous! Great work hun!!!

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  3. It's amazing what ripping out a lot of ugly carpet and paneling plus a lot of hard work will do for a place :)

    Love your new outside - the porch looks wonderful!

    So envy the new windows - we need them so badly.

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  4. Absolutely beautiful and also a dream that I hold - a few acres of nature to share with the kids. Perfection in my books. Enjoy!

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  5. Wow! Beautiful transformation! You and your husband seem to make a good pair. :)

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    1. Ah, thanks, Emily. I always say he's a man of wood and I'm a lady of cloth. So, together, we could be pioneers (only we'd have no food).

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  6. You all did an amazing job with the remodel. Love it! I know it was a "journey" to get there. But I also know you're enjoying the home now.

    Happy home!

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  7. Your home is lovely and I'm sure you love being in it. I love that porch.

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  8. Wow your place is amazing! I hope one day we can work a similar magic on our home!

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  9. What a beautiful place for your family.

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  10. Hello Rachel, it is really incredible modification!!(can I use this word?) Lovely, really sooo nice house (in and out side). Have a nice time, Jolana

    PS: Thank you for your virtual invitation :-)

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  11. So amazing and beautiful. And what a lot of hard work . . . very satisfying results.

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  12. Another wow here!
    I would love to have land, I would have animals galore!
    My dream is to have a veranda ala the Waltons.
    I can see why you love it so xx

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  13. Wow! What an amazing transformation. I think the porch is my favorite change by far. Well done!

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  14. Hi Rachel, congratulations to you and your family for a phantastic job ! Well done and so deserved. It really looks very comfy and beautiful. I am sure everytime you return from shopping or anywhere else you have a big smile on your face seeing your home !

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  15. Beautiful home. Amazing what some paint and a lot of hard work can do.

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  16. Nice is such an ordinary word,your house looks wonderful,and what wouldn't I give to live in such a beautiful place.
    Well done to you hubby and the two dads for all the hard work put in.
    Lovely family home.xx

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  17. Big Congrats on the remodel, it looks wonderful and I can certainly tell the love and attention that went into it. You ALL should be very proud! I moved into my house back in 2007 too and no matter how many people told me that it was a disaster, I didn't care...I had to have the century-old "eyesore". Fast forward 5 years and it's much improved; but going to take many more years and lots more $$ to make truly my own. I'm just thankful to have a solid roof over my head, and a place where I can escape when reality becomes too much.

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  18. Very nice updates, and that porch! What a lovely property too

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  19. What an awesome house! Thanks for sharing all the changes - I agree that porch is fantastic. Glad it "looks like you" now :-)

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  20. Fantastic and beautiful work Rachel! I'm so happy that you have been able to fix the house as you like and to look 'you'! x Teje

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  21. Rachel what a truly delightful blog post you've written. I'm so happy to read how your home is becoming what you want it to be. Personally, I feel like taking what we've been blessed with and working with it little by little is just so much more fulfilling than starting from scratch. Look at the journey your home tells about your family and the choices you've made. You just can't get that with "new". My heart is so happy for you and your family :o}

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    1. Wow, Debbie, you wrote that so beautifully and you do get at the heart of it. It does make such the difference to make our own lives. That's another thing Iove about sewing!

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  22. Oh Rachel, it's gorgeous! Congrats on the great job, y'all really made a huge transformation.

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  23. it's absolutely lovely, rachel! i'm pretty much a city girl, through and through, but right not i'm feeling pretty envious of all that land you've got. and your porch is to die for! i adore the black trim and black shutters. yay!

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  24. It looks so nice. I am sure you just want to sit out on the porch and bask in the glow!

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  25. Ha! The way googlereader put the photos and text i thought you were saying the woman in picture 2 was your dad... Thought: well, it takes all types...

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  26. looks so inviting now, inside and out. Love how the deck turned out and what a difference new windows and new color scheme makes! Had fun visiting with you - thanks,

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  27. I love your home. It's so inviting and perfect. You should be so proud and happy. Many many happy years ahead!

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  28. Wow! What a transformation! Your home is beautiful! It's such a great feeling to work hard for something and then have it turn out so well. You are living the dream! :)

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  29. oh, wow!!!! everything looks so amazing, what a wonderful transformation!!!

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  30. Beautiful! Your hard work has payed off.

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  31. Oh wow. It's just beautiful! We have friends who are remodeling quickly before they move in and my handy husband has been there helping. We are just renting at the moment and I am feeling a tinge of jealousy when I see someone else being able to stamp their own personalities on their home. It's good practice for me to be able to overcome envy! I love your home. Well done!

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  32. There is a lot to be said for sweat equity and vision. Enjoy your home. It is YOU and that is NICE.

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  33. "Freakishly textured" is cracking me up! Those are some well chosen words. What a stupendous transformation into a mid century modern-looking little gem out in the woods. It must be so nice to have handy people in the family. Thanks for giving us the glimpse of your life in these pictures.

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  34. Rachel you and all of your helpers have done a beautiful job outside and inside and I think it was well worth it to have all of that beautiful property. Enjoy, love and have a blessed life. Sandra

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  35. Wow...amazing transformation! What a great journey...and so glad you shared.
    Toni
    www.lifeinapinkbunnysuit.com

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  36. Your transformation reminds me of our first home - OMG, what a lot of work, but well worth it. Your home looks beautiful, and looks very well suited for you now. And you gotta love that elbow room! Thanks for sharing.

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  37. Great transformation! We are getting ready to sell 2 houses in the city, and move out to the country ourselves. Looking at a place on 12 acres, and 1600 ft on the creek that is spring fed. I hope it all works out for us as well, even though I am dreading the drive to work everyday if we do move. Glad you followed your heart.

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    1. That sounds wonderful, Ann Marie! Absolutely wonderful! Our house is 1800 sq ft. It's a great size. Plenty! I hope you get that special place.

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  38. Great job! Anything worth having is worth waiting on. Even though it may kill us. We did the same thing in 2007. We sold our home we had always dreamed of building after being in it for nine years. We now have a life instead of making a living.

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  39. Beautiful. The view from your porch must be stunning . What a lovely , peaceful place to live .

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    1. Thanks, Gina. You hit on it - peaceful. That is so true about our home. What a blessing! (Not that the children are always peaceful, but at least the setting!)

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  40. Wow gorgeous house...I dont know how you have the talent to know what to do like selecting black shutters.. Perfect..What a transformation..

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  41. I see why you are so proud of the huge remodeling job, the house looks like new and the rooms are inviting and cozy.

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  42. Rachel, I loved reading this. Thank you so much for sharing this part of your life with us!

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  43. Congratulations on a beautiful remodel! It made me laugh to read your feelings of the place when you first saw it, I felt the same about our home at first sight and little be little we are making it a place we love. I imagine your family will spend many wonderful times on that porch!

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  44. Woow, Rachel, you guys have worked a miracle, transforming a shabby shelter into a wonderful family home. I hope you and your family will spend many happy years in this lovely home!

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  45. Wow, Rachel, it looks fantastic! I know just how good it makes you feel. We bought a similarly unloved, no style, dark, dank house 14 years ago and have been transforming it ever since.

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  46. It looks amazing! I looooove the new porch. Why oh why was wood paneling ever popular.

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  47. I believe 'sew katie did' has it right, with making it a home.
    The beginning of your story reminded me of when we bought our 'home'. I cried. It was so hideously unattractive. But it has 4 acres almost in the middle of town and it was well built, like a man wants. And now, 13 years later, it is beautiful, I don't cry anymore. A nice new modern not 1980's kitchen helped.

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  48. So beautiful! We are fortunate to live on just under 9 acres and it is truly home & I wouldn't live anywhere else!

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  49. Wow. What wonderful work you've done. The porch is beautiful, aren't they clever. And I much prefer your "after" photos inside too.
    I must admit to feeling just the teensy bit jealous about your 7 acres :)

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  50. What a womderful home you have now and I wish you all nothing but good health and happiness in it forever and a day.

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  51. Ha! No I really did not believe those were the two same rooms... great transformation! It's amazing the difference the solid porch makes, I mean it's nice to have nothing standing in the way of your view but with those solid beams it just reads more as an extra outdoor living room to me.

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  52. This looks so good. I really wish my husband were handy.

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  53. Your home is gorgeous now you've stamped your personality on it. The porch is a triumph!

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  54. Wow, it's impressing what you did with that house! It looks really great and cozy now. The solid porch also looks so much better than the former one. Great!

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  55. That is so-oo good! Well done for persisting with your dreams and working within budget too. We recently repainted our place light grey with white window trim and we think it is ace too!

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