I'm going to start by stating that we have spent 12.5 years doing renovations, and we're not done yet! We're getting close, but still have to do the kitchen (a BIGGIE!) and our guest bedroom. The oldest part of our house was built in 1872, by my husband's great-great grandfather. (I may be off by one great there, but I don't think so...) The house is on part of the original land grant that was granted to great-great-great grandfather in 1832. He had settled here in 1820, but didn't get the grant for 12 years - probably due to failure to meet performance covenants.
Above is the back of the house. You drive up to the back. We always make an effort at Christmas to dress the old girl up a bit...
And from the side... As you can see, we have a small garden! The shed is our "tractor shed". With 10.5 acres, we need a "yard tractor". When we bought it, it cost more than our car was worth!
This is the front of the house. It faces the river, which would have been the main means of transportation at the time.
As I do this, I realize that I don't have many inside photos, but we did redo the master bedroom last year. This is one of the before shots. How do you like my heating vent? And my cracked plaster under the old lady wallpaper....?
When we first moved here back in 1996, the house was probably within 5 years of the point of no return... We have re-roofed, re-sided, new windows, new porches, a new out building, an old out building torn down and hauled away, a new septic system (after the old one broke in the middle of the winter and we all had stomach flu), a new well, many interior renos and it just continues. It has been a lot of money, and a long time, but I do think that it is worth it. We had the honour of being part of our community's first Christmas house tour back in 2003. Living in a small community the locals are curious. I understand that there were a number of people who bought tickets simply to see the inside of our house! Who would have believed it?
I'll have to scan in some of the before and after photos that we have. The before photos can provide some good laughs!