Saturday, June 30, 2012

So It Begins!

So It Begins!
We found our new property online, like the others, and again, bought it sight unseen. We had planned on our Kentucky home being our final place to retire, but the humidity is killing us. The constant change in barometric pressure gives me migraines, and the humidity is really messing with our joints. Getting older and getting achy may be normal, but there's age-induced and environment-induced. We can only ease the former, but we can certainly actively do something about the latter. And so we are. And at our ages (I'm 52 and hubby's 59) we choose to do something about it while we still can! LOL

In the previous post I showed pictures of our first Kansas property. In the tab bar above, the 2012 tab has all of the pictures that were sent to us for the property we will now be renovating. The pictures in the header show them shortly after they were built in the 1940's (still don't know the date yet, but I will once we move out there and do some research.)

We printed out the aerial of the property from Google Maps and have already designed the fence lines for the horses, chickens and, most importantly the dogs.
Here's is our planned finished property set-up - but as we all know, things tend to change....often! LOL
This picture shows where the horse shed is in the pasture along the central dividing fence, the chicken pens & houses immediately next to that. The green box at the bottom is the carport. Behind the church (the large rectangular area) is the greenhouse, garden, beehive and propane tank (behind the greenhouse). Next to the church and in front of the greenhouse, in the corner of the fences, is Nici's cage. She's our Blue & Gold Macaw - and she loves being in her 5' x 10' cage all day everyday when it's not too cold (or too hot). 

Meet Nici. These were taken 4 years ago. I just had to put her up on the fence with the Autumn trees in the background, because the gold leaves matched her feathers. She had fun inspecting the new (temporary) perch.

So, back to the placement descriptions: The small green rectangle at the top center is hubby's machine shop (LOL formerly a "brick shit house"!) and the last green box just below the shop is the one room schoolhouse. And that's it - for now! As I said, things always have a way of changing, and once we're actually out there working on the place, I'm sure we'll have numerous changes to make! LOL

But most of it will have to wait until our property in Kentucky sells. The roof will go on the church immediately so as to keep it from obtaining any further damage, which luckily is quite minimal according to the roofer we had go out, take a look, and get us a quote for a metal roof. A nice teal metal roof over that terra cotta colored brick will look great! The trim will probably be cream, and the exterior doors in teal. But so far, that's as far as we've gotten. And that's quite likely to change! :D

So that's what we have so far. Check back every now & then to see what's new. I'll be updating when ever something happens, regardless how small or seemingly insignificant.

Have a great day and many Blessings!

We Love Kansas So We're Moving Back

We Love Kansas So We're Moving Back
We were living in Texas, but loved Kansas. So when we found a property we liked, we bought it sight unseen. It was 19 acres with an awesome 104 year old 2-story Fence Post Limestone farmhouse. But during renovations it burned down completely. I mean there was nothing left but the rock walls! The fire was so hot it melted the aluminum window frames down to nothing, and the entire inside structure was nothing but ash & rubble. I'd never seen anything like it!

It was 20 miles from anywhere in the middle of fields and hills. The house itself was situated in a deep valley, sitting along a watershed. (Later found out that it tends to flood sometimes! ooops!)

Here are some of the "before" pictures of that cool old farmhouse:

Check out this design! I've never seen anything like it before.

This was at the top of the door sills. Such interesting detail!


Love the deep windows - it also shows how thick the walls were!

Now for the "after" pictures - you're going to flip!

Re-building wasn't an option - obviously, so we decided to move east to Kentucky to be closer to family who were in Georgia, my sons and hubby's sister. My sons have since moved back to Florida and we want his sister closer so we can help her out (we're not getting any younger, you know!) (We also bought the Kentucky property sight unseen!)

So, we decided a year ago that we wanted to move back to Kansas, and thus the search began. Again. We put our place on the market, have had 2 buyers but each time the sale fell through. The most recent time being just this past week. And as a result we were afraid we'd lose out on our dream property: 3.58 acres with a 1940's brick church and one room schoolhouse! We've always wanted to live in a renovated school or church - and this property has both!

But I'll save that for the next post!