My New Old House


After 4 months of bantering back and forth with the loan company, we finally closed on our new house. I say new for it is new to us, but truth be told, it is rather old. The best that we can figure is that it was built around 1915 or 1917. The style is questionable too because the house has been added on to about 4 times. We like to think that it is somewhat a shingle style with a little folk victorian thrown in!

Our goal in purchasing this house was first for the space. We have 4 children of our own and a neice living with us. The house we currently live in has a very small living/dining area and when the table is extended to include everyone, it reaches into the living room and blocks the outside door. The bathroom, bedrooms and kitchen all extend from this central space, which means that no one has any privacy! As for the back yard – there isn’t one to speak of. We have 2 dogs that take up the space. The second reason we chose this house was as an investment. Every home that we have owned in the past, we have almost doubled the price of at the time of the sale. This gives me hope for turning this old house around.

On our first day, we successfully ripped down the 1970’s panelling that covered the plaster walls.  We had hoped to do just that and  then paint it.  Unfortunately, the plaster was so cracked in places that the only choice we were left with was to tear it off too.  Another surprise was finding that the large front window didn’t have a header over it.  That may have been okay for a small window in the early 1900’s, but for the 6 foot pane of glass that now sits there, the structure is inadequate.

On the second day of deconstruction, a friend noticed a flash in the wall as breaker was switched on.  That flash revealed wiring that closely resembled a spider’s web.  Where it lead, no one knew, and why the house hadn’t burned down before this, only God knows!  Short story long, it looks as though we will be rewiring the bulk of the house.

What originally was supposed to be an interior designer’s playground has turned into an architechural battlefield.


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