Monday, July 18, 2016

Farmhouse Flip Update July 17/16

Yesterday the house was quiet, my crew had the day off,
so I took a few snaps of the changes thus far.

The yard is kept trimmed and tidy, although the flower beds are wanting.
I am hoping this week will see some top soil brought in and a few trees planted along with some flowers.
Still have to install the Victorian screen door, first need to paint that outside door white.
The section in front of the shrub still has to be cut, it leads down to a water drain so I take my weed-eater for this area.

Such a pretty property, but it's needing something.
I am thinking a good fertilizing treatment for the grass.
I am even thinking a small flat wooden deck behind the house to put a patio set on and a bbq.

As much as I hate too, I still think that red old rickety barn has to come down.
It's taking me some time to decide on bringing down this old barn,
 always looking to those with advise on how to maintain it or repair it.

Some interior shots.
Drywall is finished, mudding and sanding has started.

I decided to keep some of the older drywall up instead of replacing it with new.
Since it is heavily stained I bought special primer for it.
Doing a little experiment with this, so let's see how it turns out.
Although I am thinking some areas I will now replace.

Here's a little look at the before....

And what that same spot looks like today....

Let's have a look at the bathroom.
It was completely gutted.  New moisture treated drywall went up.
New vinyl flooring is coming, this room is very small so nothing to fancy on the floors.
We will be doing a ceramic surround for the tub and the rest of the walls will be planked and painted white.
I have already bought the lumber for it and can't wait to get this look going.
This bathroom is going to look so cute when we're done!

I am happy with the progress we have made so far.
We are steady working on the renos, slowly but steady.

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Holy Conversion

As I do so often, today I was going through the MLS website, looking for potential future flip homes.
When I came across this beauty.  I instantly fell in love.
Look at the potential.....

Pics belong to the Realtor.

So of course I had to jump into Google and look for churches converted into home.
These are a few I came across.

When I think of a church home conversation, I always think Sarah Richardson's mother's place.
She beautifully converted a church into a home.

Forget flipping it....if I ever bought this place I would make it my own home!
To go and view this church property for sale is tempting me.  :)

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Friday, July 8, 2016

A Day In The Life of a Country Girl

I might be city born and breed, but I am country.
A country girl.  A small town girl.
I have changed so much, my life has changed.
My world is farmers fields, small town life.  Rural.
And I love every second of it.

 Each day I start early.
A cup of tea, healthy breakfast.
Do a bit of admin work, phone calls, emails.

Then I jump in my car and head up to the "site", otherwise known as the farmhouse flip.
Stopping for gas at the local gas bar, the clerk happily tells me the breakfast deal of the day at the little restaurant next door.
I wave on my way out, she waves back.
Heading up my country road, just a few of us live on this long stretch of gravel.  Population 6.
 I pass a large beast of a farm tractor, barely staying on the road to get around him.  I wave, he waves back.
A little ways down the road, I see another farmer in his field, in his John Deere.  I wave, he waves back.
Listening to my tunes, enjoying the peaceful setting of my drive, that same pickup truck I see each morning.
 I wave, he waves back.

I let the crew in, give out instructions.  Stick around for a bit, oversee that work is on track.
I walk to the back barns.  Not because I need anything, but just because.
I stand, listen to the soft whoosh of the wind turbines.  This will never get cool.

Armed with a list of supplies I have to purchase for my construction crew, I head into town.
Population 35,000.
In the hardware store, that nice young man, don't know his name, but he recognizes me each time I come in.  The friendliest person.
We joke, we talk, he gives me advice, I barter.
He follows me up to the pretty young cashier.  He only has eyes for her.  He flirts.  I smile at them.  A little bit of small town romance.
Standing around, the older farmers talk and laugh.  Years of comradery.
Not sure I have ever had someone not talk to me as we wait in line.
I have mastered the art of small talk, or rather, small town talk.

As I maneuver around town in my Jeep, I notice all the new signs for the upcoming summer rodeo.
The entire town seems to be buzzing with this exciting event.

Driving through the Tim Horton's, not sure when she started calling me "hon".
But there she is every afternoon, serving me up my coffee through the window.


This is my life.  This is my world.
I belong here.
This is a day in the life of a country girl.

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