Thursday, November 17, 2016

Living Room Overhaul

November 2, 2016 we closed on a farmhouse and 10 acres overlooking the village of Norwalk, WI. The home was built between 1910 and 1920 and while it is in great condition for a 100 year old home, it needs some work.

Project Number One - Living Room Floor

Over time the floor joists had begun to sag and there was quite a dip in the living room floor.

Before: Can't see the "sag" but this beautiful window is the centerpiece of the living room.

During: Carpet removed to reveal pine floors that weren't in the greatest of condition (they were pretty soft) so we decided not to save them to reuse on the floor. The planks will be re-purposed for another project in the future. 

Pine removed to reveal very large oak plank sub floor which had to be removed as well to reach the joists. 

Thankful for Nate's dad who has been able to help a few days during the renovation

Oak planks revealed logs, large hand hewn logs were the floors joists. Fortunately these logs were in good condition, no rot or anything, just sagging from age. Nate, with the help of a friend was able to laminate 2x8 boards to these joists to sure up the floor and make it level-ish. 

Originally tearing out the plaster walls had not be part of the plan, but we decided we needed to put in additional insulation and thus begun the removal of layers... 

Painted paneling, multiple layers of wall paper, and plaster to reveal the lath and studs. Just look at the wall paper, WOW! 

While removing paneling, a lovely hidden arch was revealed, we plan to keep that feature. 

Nate used a type of spray foam insulation and was able to insulate the crawl space which will be very  beneficial for heating the living room. 

Busting up and removing the plaster was a very messy undertaking, but it had to be done! 

By removing the plaster we were able to add more electrical outlets, which the living room was in need of and we were able to fill in some insulation in the walls. 

The sub floor is in and the drywall is going up! 

Still to do: Finish hanging the drywall, tape, mud, and sand, then paint. After that the new flooring can be laid, the base boards reinstalled, and then my favorite part - furnish and decorate! Unfortunately, we can't lay the new carpet in the living room until the drywall is complete in the dining room otherwise the dust will destroy the new carpet. So the final reveal won't happen until the dining room walls are complete. 

Disclaimer - While I continuously say "we" lets be honest, I mean Nate with my input and occasional help!  The boys and I have helped some, but Nate is working hard day in and day to get this house in living order for us! 

Our "Farm" - Norwalk, WI

After a month of house/farm hunting, and another month of offers, counter offers, inspections and the loan process, we closed on our "farm" just outside of Norwalk, WI. Our "farm" consists of a farmhouse built between 1910 and 1920, a large garage, a pole barn, a smaller animal/wood shed, and 10 acres. The 10 acres are mostly pasture and some woods, with a beautiful spring and trout pond, and 3 small streams. The farmhouse sits atop a hill overlooking the small village of Norwalk, WI.

The FarmHouse

Over the next few months (years?) we will be doing quite a bit of renovating on the interior of the home. It is "live able" but there are some definite updates and some full blown renovating that needs to be done. 

"Backyard" - View from the kitchen window

Hopefully next Spring/Summer there will be a few sheep out in that meadow. 

The leaves are gone and winter is coming

Corn field between us and the village

We also purchased the tractor from the previous owner - a 1953 Massey Ferguson
Nate and Matias are thrilled!

We have had unseasonably warm weather and the boys are taking advantage of every moment of it! They have enjoyed exploring the property and are currently building a bike track/ramp.

And meet the newest member of our family - Louie! Louie was Kai's birthday present... and more. We have promised Kai for years that he could get a Border Collie whenever we had some land, and since Kai's birthday coincided with the purchase of our new "farm" we thought why not take the plunge and get a puppy too! He is an adorable Red Merle Border Collie. Aimo tolerates him pretty well, although does get annoyed with his puppy antics. 

Life is crazy, but that is nothing new!

We are so thankful that God has blessed us with the opportunity to buy some land and make this house our home. We are blessed beyond measure.