Oh dear! I have to move! Moving is the MOST hideous thing anyone should have to do. But, here I am looking for some wonderful and old house that is in decent condition without much repair. The good thing is, I think I've found it!
I met this wonderful landlord while viewing another house. The house was quite pretty, but my 2 queen size beds would not fit up the stairs to the bedrooms, and there was a fairly ugly wood stove in the living room. I thought about throwing the queen size mattresses away and purchasing full size beds, when he called me to let me know he had taken another family for the rental. Yeah, it was disappointing, but I still had time to continue the look before having to move. It was a shame because I really liked this man. We had multiple conversations getting to know each other, and we really seemed to click. He had studied art as I had, we graduated from the same high school, he was a landscaper and appreciated the wonderful things that happen when you place a planting in the right spot. He also had an appreciation for animals (and I have a number of them). If you have ever tried to rent a property in the country, and have animals you understand the frustration.
Well, he called me a couple of weeks later to tell me he had another property that was available. I was totally excited! He told me the house was brick and built in 1860, had 5 bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths, a brand new kitchen, with a 3 car garage (among other lovely stuff). Sounded good to me, although I was wondering how many of the 5 bedrooms I could use being one person. Since it was currently being rented by five 20-year-olds, he had no problems with me having a roommate. My first thought was my son who I knew would immediately answer NO, I'm not going to live with my mother, which was his exact answer. Okay, on to another resolution ...
The house has great potential after looking at the exterior (on a very windy day. My hair was blown completely straight up into the air). The keystone on the second story shows it was actually built in 1845 which was a bonus. It seemed the bones of the house look perfect. I'll post some pictures when I can get them. I am already thinking of which window treatment will look good on each window.
The next hurdle will be to view the interior of the house to see how much damage (if any) has been incurred by the last tenants. I will probably have to wait until May of this year to see. I'm hoping not too much has been destroyed, and that the major work will be cosmetic, but we'll see. Whatever that outcome might be, I will be on the edge of my seat to see how this all pans out.
I'll be posting pictures of the existing house and, if I eventually move there and start work on it, will post the before and after pictures too. I/m hoping for the best, so send lots of white light around for a great result! I love these old places, and want to preserve as many as possible.
Lots of window love,