And... WE'RE IN!

I thought that this day would never come! We have finally moved in! Is my house perfect? By no means. But, IT IS MINE! (Cue crazy cackle)

You never fully appreciate something that you have until you no longer have it. We are so grateful to my mom and dad for letting us live with them..for the last two years! I know they are happy that we now have our own space and that they have their space back. Two adults and two children have an overwhelming amount of "things" to try and cram into two spare bedrooms. Each time I am over there, they have another pile of items for me to take home with me!

I think that we are all reveling in the fact that we can streak from one end of the house to the other in our underwear and not have to worry about someone seeing us! Again...you don't appreciate it until it is gone.

The outside still has a lot of landscaping and touch ups to do.  Our main priority was moving in and that has been accomplished. Bray is currently working on the back deck. So far it looks great! It is usable to get in and out of the house, but it will eventually have a roof over it. We were having to use cinder blocks for a while. Imagine going up those wobbly things in the pouring down rain, baby on each hip, and an arm full of groceries...all at the same time. I mean come on, I am a one trip kind of gal!

I have been so impressed with the amount of carpentry skills that Bray has acquired over the last several months. He doesn't even hesitate to go to work on something now. Two years ago, I would never have imagined he would be able to whip up a deck by himself in a weekend with no help.

As soon as these final things are taken care of, then the focus will turn to fencing for all of our two and four legged friends. Right now, the goats and Scarlet (our Labrador) are still at my mom and dad's house. We are looking into getting some guineas...and if we can get the small pond to retain water, some ducks.

I want to give a huge shout out to some key players that helped us through all of this:

* God - No kidding. Number one in all of this. Without him, none of this would have come to fruition and without his blessings and guiding hand, I would probably calling a padded room home right now.

* My mom and dad - My dad did it all! He was what I would call the main contractor. He was in the thick of it from day 1 and without his help, the house would still look like it did when we bought it. He used almost all of his nights and Fridays off to work on our house. Not only did buying this house put our lives on hold, it also put theirs on hold. My mom was always willing to do what was needed...whether it was manual labor or watching the kiddos so I could do the manual labor or run and pick up supplies.

*My papa - Thanks to him, we have heat and air and electricity. Oh, and my very fluffy grass! He still shows up during the day and takes care of the little things that I would never think about. He also was a major part of this renovation.

*Vic and Nancy Brooks - They painted the house and the shop for us! Huge help!

*Shane Honeycutt and Jumpstart Construction - They finished the house out for us and they did such a good job. We definitely would not have been as far along as we are now without them. If you need some good workers, call Shane at 870-637-0930.

*Ted Dail - Mr. Ted built my beautiful countertops! We have dubbed him a master carpenter! Bray showed him an idea of how we wanted the countertops done and he made it happen!

* Tanner Duncan - He is our Barton's man and one of Bray's good friends. If we needed something, we just called him up and he had it delivered.

*Sara Roby - This girl is my #1 side kick. If I needed to run to the house for something, she never hesitated to come watch my kiddos, or hop in the car and go with me, or give me her opinion.

*All of my moving day buddies (Sara Roby, Tyler Roby, Robyn Roby, Pat Roby, Tadd and Mekenzie Fore, Robyn Fore, Steve Fore, Vic and Nancy Brooks, and Larry and Joann Norman) - We had so many vehicles coming and going, stuffed to the gills, that moving time didn't take hardly any time. I appreciate each and every one of these people. Not only did they physically help to move our belongings, but some helped watch my children, some put together cribs and furniture, and even Mr. Pat had to reinvent my kitchen cabinets because my refrigerator was too big for the opening.

We have actually been in the house for a few weeks now...and no, I am not completely unpacked. Some things keep getting pushed into the closets to be worried about another day.

So now for the most important part...pictures! Side note: I am not a professional photographer so these will not be professional quality! Also, I am not an interior designer. Just pretend that you didn't see something out of place. I am more worried about function and practicality because you know, two boys and all. One of my new adopted sayings is "If you see a mess and it bothers you, feel free to clean it up."

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My kitchen! I was so worried about storage, but the added pantry really helps... The stuff in the pantry would be one of those things where you just pretend you don't see it. That is going to be one of my future projects. Hopefully, one day when you look in there it will be all nice and neat with everything in a cute container and blah blah blah. It'll happen one of these days...probably when my children are grown.

I am loving this farmhouse sink!!!

I love how open my house is. I like that I can be in the kitchen and see my boys in the living room. Not that it is where they are....they are usually in the kitchen too... wrapped around my ankles. But on the rare occasion, I can see them in the living room.

This is my oldest son's room. We made this room bigger by eliminating the other bedroom that was beside it. When we did away with that old bedroom, we expanded the kitchen and this bedroom.

This is little Hawk's room. This room had the least amount of changes done to it. The main thing was that we had to move the electric panel in here. Hence, the tapestry. I sort of feel like a hippy hanging it on the wall. But it was so darn cute, and about the only thing big enough to hide that ugly gray panel.

Is that not the most magnificent shower head you have ever seen?!

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This is mine and Bray's room. It is a little on the sparse side at the moment. But I still have a few things in storage that I need to put in here.

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This is basically an exact replica of the boys/guest bathroom. Why change up a good thing, huh?

 

We are loving our new home and getting to make memories together in it. We cooked spaghetti at home the other night and Hawk devoured it! Asa, my oh so picky one, spit it out!

A Saturday morning breakfast!

dThis is the current state of the back yard. But, at least Asa is enjoying the dirt piles. The outside still needs most of the work done, and hopefully throughout the summer, progress will be made.

 

We are going to spend most of the summer making up for time lost with our children. We plan on lots of outdoor time and maybe a few trips to the zoo.

Stay tuned! ;-)

Almost there!

I really never believed that we would be to this point! This house remodel has caused so much stress and so many tears! We finally feel like it is becoming a home for us. It just needs a few more little things done and we will be ready to move in. The last I heard they were giving us an ETA of Tuesday or Wednesday next week.

So here are a few more picture to get you through until it is done!

So far...this is my favorite room. It is supposed to be our master. I love the navy "shiplap" wall.

So far...this is my favorite room. It is supposed to be our master. I love the navy "shiplap" wall.

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This door is a work in progress. This door was one of the originals on the house and I am re-purposing it as our pantry door. I have to give it a little more TLC. It got a little damaged during the remodel.

This door is a work in progress. This door was one of the originals on the house and I am re-purposing it as our pantry door. I have to give it a little more TLC. It got a little damaged during the remodel.

I want to give a huge shout out to Shane Honeycutt and his guys at Jumpstart Construction, LLC. They are doing a fantastic job on the house and we would not be where we are now with the remodel without them.

Getting so close!!

So I know that I am a terrible blogger...apparently! I haven't updated in months, but things are really rocking with the house now!

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All of the sheet rock is done. Paint is done. Plumbing...half way done. Flooring is going down hopefully today, and weather permitting, kitchen cabinets will be set this week.

This is going to be a short and sweet blog because I am sure you would rather see pictures of the house.

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ETA for move in is hopefully in a few weeks. There has been more progress since these pictures were taken, but there are still a lot of little things to be done.

Hopefully, since there are more visible things happening with the house, I will have more frequent and exciting things to show you over the next couple of weeks!

Until then!

House Update

It has been an absolute age since I took the time to write about the house. I finally found some time today as I sit here with my 7 week old baby boy on my lap.

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We have had several ups and downs with the house. It seems like every time that we gain some momentum, something pops up and kills it. We have had issues with every thing from contractors, financing,constant rain, pregnancy, and a church remodel going on at the same time! As of right now, we have a good momentum going. It is starting to look like a house and I couldn't be more excited!

This is after siding and windows were installed. Lots of landscaping to do once this is all done!

This is after siding and windows were installed. Lots of landscaping to do once this is all done!

The house has been closed up and painted on the exterior. All of the walls are framed on the inside. Electrical is done and the HVAC is very, very close! We have a little plumbing left to do and we are working on the insulation, but after that it will hopefully be time for all of the fun stuff!!! There is still a lot to do in the yard to tidy it up and to keep the water from running into the house. 

Here are some more pictures from the progress over the last few months.

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Hopefully, I will have more time to do more updates in the near future! Until then!

Quick Update

I'm sorry it has been a while for those of you who I know are keeping up with the house....especially Granny Butler's family.

 

While most of the progress has been put on hold lately, there have been a few new developments. I am expecting baby boy Brooks #2 in July! So, the house has got to get a move on ASAP.

 

We have hired a contractor to come do most of the big stuff for us so we can get a good jump start. We had to remove several of the exterior walls and the floor joists because of rot. They are going to come put all of this back together and fix the footing and blocks. They are supposed to start today at the house (weather permitting) and the estimated time for them to be done is 2 weeks! Two glorious weeks and the house will no longer look like a shed anymore...it will look like a house again! Once that is done we can get to work on the inside!

Hopefully, there will be more frequent updates in the next few months.

For an update on the little farm:

* We lost Lavern due to bloat. She was pregnant and Bray and my dad tried everything to save her, and then to save the baby. The baby was just too early.

* Shirley is pregnant and we are expecting her to have our newest little member anytime this month.

* The hens decided to take an egg-laying break this winter, but after this past weekend it looks like they have picked up the pace again.

* I am currently contemplating what I want to grow in my garden this summer. It needs to be something with not much fuss since I am going to be gigantic this summer and then have a itty-bitty baby to contend with.

Hope to have more for you soon!
 

Dream Home?!

So here is an update on the house....which isn't much of one.

The front corner is braced so that we can start lifting this end of the house up. That's a positive...moving forward in the right direction...

You can really see the severe bow in the concrete where the enclosed carport is.

You can really see the severe bow in the concrete where the enclosed carport is.

We decided to remove the hardwoods to save us some work in regards to sanding, staining, and resealing. I thought it would be no big deal to pop them up and lay something else down. Not exactly! The boards themselves are extremely tedious and time consuming to remove; but the nails left in the floor are the worst!

My dad was giddy with joy (maybe a little too giddy as you are fixing to find out) that we decided to remove the hardwood flooring so that he could take up some of the sub-floor to place the jacks under the house...

 

And he founds rotted beams and floor joists! Drama! Drama! Drama! Always something with this house! It's the gift that keeps on giving!

I always thought that the drama on HGTV was made up to give the show some oomph! Not so! There has literally been an issue with nearly everything since we have opened the walls...and the floor.

 
This wall is literally just floating because the beam under it has crumbled.

This wall is literally just floating because the beam under it has crumbled.

 
So tedious! We have bought an auger that should be here next week so that will hopefully go a lot quicker.

So tedious! We have bought an auger that should be here next week so that will hopefully go a lot quicker.

 
So tiring...

So tiring...

I just stood in the middle of my dirt floor dining room overwhelmed by depression and despair at the state that my cozy little home-to-be is in and wondered if there is ever going to be a light at the end of this tunnel. My dad keeps reminding me that we are only a few months into this project, but it sure does feel like a lifetime.

Even Miss KC doesn't know what to think!

Even Miss KC doesn't know what to think!

On a positive note, at least we can see the problems in order to fix them. And... I have a partial new drive way.

I think that if I have learned any lesson from this it is that every homeowner needs to inspect their home on a regular basis. Crawl under your house once a year to make sure that your beams are in good shape. Check your plumbing and look for leaks. Keep an eye on your landscaping to make sure that water isn't running into your house. Buy a termite and pest contract and keep it up-to-date. Do small maintenance upgrades throughout the life of your home so that you don't have a potentially dangerous situation left for your children to deal with later.

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
— Matthew 6:34

Waiting...

As I said before, nothing too exciting on the home front and probably won't be for a while. I may fill the blog with other content in the mean time!

But, just to touch base on the house real fast! Our nights and even some of our weekends have been filled with other obligations lately, so there have not been too many giant leaps forward. Most of the hard work (by my dad and Bray) is going into the foundation at the moment. So...progress is being made...just in things unseen. When you only have 1 1/2 days to work on it each week, it is going to take a while! I have to keep reminding myself of that whenever I start mumbling under my breath.

You can see a smidgen of some tester colors I have been trying out...working on deciding what color to paint the outside!

You can see a smidgen of some tester colors I have been trying out...working on deciding what color to paint the outside!

The inside is still basically an empty shell...minus a few staples in the floor.

Tools of the carpet staple pulling trade!

Tools of the carpet staple pulling trade!

One of the major changes that IS visible is all the hard work that Mr. Tommy is putting into the outside! He is taking out all the trees that could do major damage to the house if they were to fall.

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The house looks so big now that it is not crowded up with all of the overgrown trees!

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Also, Mr. Tommy is going to work on our water drainage problem. He is going to move the dirt in such a way that it will not longer be running into the house and causing damage to the foundation and siding.

I am so desperately longing for cooler weather so that I can take an actual stroll through the woods to see what we really have! I'd come out covered in ticks and chiggers right now! I've been told that there is an old barn, pig pen, and a garden spot. They say that the barn has fallen down, but I think that there may be some usefulness to it still. Just have to access the damage!

I have such vision for this little ole place. I cannot wait for it to be reality! I feel a huge sense of gratification when I am out on this property and inside the empty house! It brings an odd peace to my soul that I have been unable to obtain over the last few years. Just being back home (instead of living in town) has done wonders for my outlook on life and my heart! God definitely knew what He was doing when He moved us!

The Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you
— Genesis 12:1

Well I may have went from my "country" but I just went back to my father's house and I took my people with me...for now! If they are lucky, I will keep them!

 

Farmhouse Flip: Demo Overview

So here we are...four weeks into this demolition. We were only hoping that this would take a week to do, but here we are a whole month in. The main culprit is our busy schedule; however, the demolition itself keeps turning up surprises.

In the den, where we are putting our master suite, we found an issue with the concrete foundation.

We originally thought that the floor was bowed because the wood under the carpet had gotten wet. Easy fix...just tear up the wood. Nope! Wrong again! (I am doing really good on getting these right, huh?!) The concrete is all bowed up for some reason. Now that has to be jack hammered up and re-poured.

Another issue that we ran into is the ceiling tiles. The original intention was to leave them and sheet rock over them. This was going to hopefully eliminate the mess that comes with pulling down the tiles and the insulation above them. Well, they decided themselves that they didn't want to stay! They just started falling out of the ceiling!

Just in case you were wondering...this is what is above your ceiling...CAUTION: Don't remove unless you are prepared for this!

Just in case you were wondering...this is what is above your ceiling...CAUTION: Don't remove unless you are prepared for this!

I guess the trim around the top of the walls was the only thing holding some of them in place. So...we have just decided to yank them all down so we can see what we have up there. Bray pulled the edge of one tile down in the living room and they all fell at one time in the living room, dining room, and kitchen! It definitely made quick work! We will be replacing the insulation with spray foam now.

We have also discovered 2 roof leaks since we have had the torrential down pour for the last couple of weeks. This is another thing to add to the growing list of things to fix.

So empty and clean!

So empty and clean!

Hardworking...and filthy!

Hardworking...and filthy!

I may have a small dry spell on posting exciting news for a while...or at least as it involves the house remodel. We have hit that point where nothing is fun or very interesting anymore...or at least not to the eye. I may be able to sneak a few pics of the boys trying so hard to be handymen! Next on the agenda is fixing the foundation, removing any trees that can hit the house, dirt work, and rewiring and re-plumbing the house. I'll be getting super excited once the fun stuff starts coming in...like sheet rock, paint, tile, and cabinets!

Also, I plan on redoing the hardwoods myself...so if anybody has an suggestions or tips, I would appreciate it!

Did I mention that the house came with a cat?!?! My mother-in-law named her KC for "Kitty Cat"! None of us have been cat people in the past, but she's growing on all of us. And, I better take good care of her because Mrs. Armilda will get me!

Enjoy the following pictures of our empty shell!

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Farmhouse Flip: Demo Day...More like Demo Month

So.... We have started demolition on the inside of the farmhouse. My husband was beyond giddy to get to swing a sledge hammer! He was like a toddler leaving a path of destruction throughout the house!

From the first time that I stepped foot into this house, I had two things that I was just itching to do:

  1. Get the carpet up!

  2. Uncover the fireplace!

I was hoping for hardwood floors and floor-to-ceiling brick on the fireplace. I only got 1/2 of my wish.

Under the carpet was hard woods - in decent shape! I hope that they can survive once the repair of the foundation is completed. Right now they are bowed with the rest of the house because of the foundation issues. I hope that they do not snap when we set the house back level again!

My next objective was to get the cedar paneling off of the fireplace. I just knew that I was going to pull back those bad boys and have marvelous brick all the way to the ceiling.

You can really see the foundation issues in this picture.

You can really see the foundation issues in this picture.

Whaa Whaa Whaa!

Excuse the mess! This is what happens when the sky is falling!

Excuse the mess! This is what happens when the sky is falling!

Who builds a fireplace like this?! At first I thought that the bricks just broke off over time and with the shifting of the house. Nope! No bricks in the wall. The only thing that we can figure is that the original builders knew that it was going to be covered up anyway so they didn't have to worry about making it pretty, just sturdy.

Oh well! I will just have to regroup and adjust! Who knows what I will come up with?!

Farmhouse Flip

Hello!!!!! I know it has been a coon's age since I last posted....but we've been busy!

The most recent update and what has been on my mind the most lately is ...drum roll, please... our very first house flip! We closed on this bad boy last Thursday! So, if anybody has been curious about what is happening on the Powhatan spur...this is it!

We are calling this a farmhouse...because we are going to install our little hobby farm here once the remodel is done. It is on a sweet little quiet lot, surrounded by mature trees, and 4.552 glorious acres!!! You got the 4.552, right? That extra .052 is very important!

I promise, it isn't as bad as it looks....okay, maybe it is! Just pray for me!

I promise, it isn't as bad as it looks....okay, maybe it is! Just pray for me!

 

Currently, this little ranch style home is 3 bedroom, 1 bath hot mess! If there is a problem, we have it. So far, we have roaches, shrews (what's the heck is a shrew?!), and spiders..galvanized plumbing...out-of-date electrical...no A/C and a 22 year old heating unit...mold...and severe foundation issues! I love the trees that are on this lot, but sadly a majority of them will have to be cut down in order to keep them from falling on the home.

So...here is the itinerary...pending what we find in the walls and which walls end up being load bearing...

  • Demo everything! (Them critters can't hide anywhere!)

  • Convert from 3 bed, 1 bath to 3 bed, 2 bath.

  • Converting old den into Master Suite

  • Demo back bedroom to expand the kitchen

  • Refinish hardwoods

  • Repair and repaint siding on the house and shop

  • Landscape like crazy!

I hope that you have as much fun watching this unfold as I do!