Living in an old, old house has its draw backs like lack of closet space and an abundance of walls. This old house had no fireplace. How is that even possible?
Living in an old house has its advantages too. after all it is a piece of history.
We got two estimates. I knew what the result was going to be based on watching lots of HGTV reno shows. We were right on the dot! But I have to tell you, seeing those numbers printed on letterhead took my breath away! Now what?
Our grand dream got a large dose of reality. Jim and I made a list and prioritized. What did we really want for our home?
We wanted a fireplace. Unreasonable perhaps but I felt it was totally necessary.
We decided on 2 closets for 2 rooms. More on that project later.
We hired contractors we felt we could work with best and got a revised estimate.
So, this is what happened. A lot of work!
The ugly paneling had to go! New drywall was going up. Old horse hair insulation and plaster crumbled away underneath. Plastic sheets hug all around. Ram board protected our original pine sub-floor.
Plugs and switches were laying about on the floor waiting to be installed.
The framework went up. New installation was hung. We should be toasty warm this winter. Putting in a fireplace is involved. We got a new chimney too.
I dragged the furniture around to see how it would look.
One afternoon, sitting the couch in the new spot, I looked over my shoulder to the wall that hid the basement door.
See how it was blocking us in !
Can we get rid of it? How much to take that out? Jim said , “Let’s ask.”
Tear it down!
My kids were aghast! It seemed rather radical to them. I was feeling free and excited!
The response was WOW! It looks amazing.
This open look fit our old farmhouse perfectly!
A dream revised is still a dream.
Jim and I sat on the couch picturing how beautiful it as all going to be. I looked over at the other wall.
“Hey, how about that wall? Think it could go too?” I hope for a good affordable response from our project manager. “Let’s ask.”
It would be about the same as new drywall if it is not structural. None of us thought it was but you never know. The hard part might be the floor; the stains are different. There may be a large gap if boards don’t line up.
Tear it down.
A few days later I got a call while I was out from Jim.
What do you think about a new ceiling? It looks bad with all the walls coming down. How much?
I told you there would be things I just never thought of just to get a fireplace! Between us, I kind of dread the not much extras on the final bill.
Result… Love, love, love it!!
We’re not finished, not anywhere near finished. A dozen details are left to do before we are finished!
Can’t wait to show you more of our exciting farmhouse changes!
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