Well I know everyone must be wondering what I'm up to. Yeah, we're actually buying the farm. Or at least it used to be a farm. And I swore I'd never move again until the day they carry my bones out of here. Right... :)
Years ago, when #2 son Brian was born, we needed construction done on our present home to make it bigger and more 'family friendly'. That was when we met the wonderful folks that own this place in the pictures below. Over the years they've done a lot of work for us, and we've also become good friends who spend time at each other's homes. I always loved their place, which has gentle rolling land, a Civil War era house, and a classic old dairy barn on the property. The big 1-1/2 acre pond they dug draws all kinds of wildlife. There are about 13-1/2 (A2 surveyed) acres of land involved here too. I told the family years ago that if their place ever goes up for sale, let us know and if we're in the position to do so, we'll buy it. Guess what? :D
I'll admit this screen capture is not the greatest shot, but cheerier than any of mine because this was a summer pic and the rest were taken on a raw, cold and windy March day that threatened a big rainstorm.
Below is how it looked the day we were there. The house is a center Chimney cape of which the main part measures roughly 31'x38' and the ell is about 30'x18'. It does have a dirt cellar and a mortared footing. Lots of rough hewn beams in this place, many exposed in the kitchen/dining area of the ell. A lot of that kitchen has been renovated with slate flooring, a chimney and woodstove hookup, and custom cabinetry made from old oak pallets. A center brick console for the old gas stove will not accommodate my oversize range, but will make me a wonderful food prep island and storage area. The massive brick fireplace in the livingroom will be a cozy spot to gather around in winter. The owners had a masonry business among other endeavors and there is amazing brickwork throughout. They were doing some serious renovation when there was a very sad and untimely death in the family some years back and everything planned kind of came to a screeching halt.
I love this old place so much! It's on a rural highway, but in an area of country homes, farms and wooded lots with deer, geese, turkeys and so on. And it has so much potential!
This garage is across the driveway from the house. It is 50'x20' and has electricity to the one finished bay, but all throughout the floors are cement.You could get at least 2 more bays in there and we will eventually be finishing them off. Whoo hoo, no more parking out in the weather! The tank and the mobile home at the left (the brown peak building is not attached and was used as an office) will be leaving the property. The driveway itself is partly hard surface (well past the house) and the rest is well-packed sand and gravel that industrial vehicles were able to drive regularly on.
|This end of the barn faces the back of the property and the next building pictured.|
|The well, which I have been assured is good and has never run dry. You see these dug wells on a lot of country places.|
|One of the barn cupolas. Don't know why they intrigue me so much. I want to keep those and the metal roof on the barn if possible.|
|A more closeup of the house from the back. You can really see the end of the ell in this one. Owner built or repointed chimneys show a lot of pride in craftsmanship. I am in awe of the brickwork here.|