So…we’ve been quiet on here since our last big announcement and well, this one is just as big.
I guess I should start from the beginning. At the beginning of September, during my weekly hunt on Viewpoint, I found out that a farmhouse Rob and I have been inlove with for years was for sale. It was 3-4 bedroom, 3.5 bath and almost 2 x the square ft of our current house and stood tall on an acre of land that was being subdivided from 32 acres of farmland. AND it was only 2 mins up the road. It needed a lot of updating visually but the bones had been extremely well-kept since 1971 when the previous owners purchased it and completely renovated it. We decided that if we didn’t at least go look at it we would regret it forever.
A few days later we took a tour of the space and we were in awe of all of the upgrades to the main things you worry about when purchasing a home, like the furnace, structure, wiring and plumbing etc. We had this overwhelming gut feeling. The last time we had this feeling was when we had walked through our current home before we even knew we’d be able to purchase a home. This home was so familiar to us so we decided to put in an offer that could’ve easily been passed up. With it, we included a note to the seller sharing our feelings about the home and how we are a family who will love it just as much as it was obvious that her family did. She said yes! And although we knew someone else was probably going to be putting in an offer more than what we had, she accepted ours.
That’s when the panic started. We essentially just bought a second home without selling our first. We know in our gut that this was the right move and that our home won’t be on the market for long. But man oh man are we panicking as we are about to close on the new house.
We have so many plans for this new house, they obviously include renovating the kitchen and moving it to the backside of the house, turning the den off the primary suite into its own standalone fourth bedroom, and bringing back all of the character that this 143 year old farmhouse is currently missing.
This isn’t going to be a quick flip. We know exactly what our style is and where we wanna go with the space. But we are going to take it slow. This time instead of showcasing just the pretty picture of the after, we want to take you through the ride with all the nitty-gritty details of mess ups, hurtles and costs.
THIS home, THIS could be our forever home and we want to treat it that way. So make sure you are following on both Tiktok and Instagram as we share it all.
This house reminds me of a a bit house that my husband and I renovated. We happened upon the house for sale by owner while driving around back country roads, stopped in, made an offer that same day and off to the races we went with a house to sell, moving and all that came after. I can imagine your excitement and I’m happy you’ve secured this treasure. It’s definitely a forever home. Taking your time, getting to know the house before making big changes over time really does work out well. We changed our minds on a few things along the way while modernizing yet keeping true to the style of the house – regretting some design choices made when budgeting for the kitchen counter, nothing that wasn’t easily changed and overall we made a good, solid and comfortable home for our family. I can imagine your children running and exploring the yard, future gardens and living spaces outside as well. Having more living space will be a dream come true! Based on what I know about the two of you, your sense of style and approach to an antique home, I think I can see why the owner chose to sell to you. Congratulations on your new family home.
Amanda - Life at Cloverhill says
Congratulations!!! Our 1903 farmhouse in rural Ontario is the same thing – 1 acre partitioned off a larger piece of farmed acreage. It’s kind of the best of both worlds because we feel like we lived out on a big farm…but we don’t need to take care of all the land around us, ha!
Can’t wait to see what you do with this home!