Sep 29, 2009

We're Back!

I'm going to say, from the get-go, that this house is BIG. Like HUGE. Like- really, really big. Probably too big for us, but who cares- you only live once! And, of course, this isn't a done deal yet, with financing and stuff to be approved. BUT, the bid has been accepted.
middle and front
middle and front
back , this will probably be an apartment

We headed up at 2 a.m. on Saturday. The kids slept through most of the ride, which was nice. It was a gloriously sunny day out, and my in-laws and bro-in-law headed out to see the place. Of course, we couldn't get into the house, but we prowled around the barn, the out building, and the ground. I have to admit, I forgot how big the barn is. There's the main barn, plus a milking parlor to the side. There are stall in the barn, as well as some coops. And three floors- yes THREE. Lots of old doors and windows, and dirt and dust. But it looks to be in good condition. The roof leaks some, but most barn roofs do.
milking parlor
side view, overgrown!
back entrance

The fields haven't been mowed, which would have helped their appearance. They are fenced, but I didn't walk the fenceline as it was too overgrown. The areas to the side and back of the barn haven't been kept up either. That's going to take some work. Can you say bush hog?

Sunday we had an appointment to look at the house. It rained all day, so I am really glad we go to go on Saturday too. Again, I forgot how big the place is. It was a little scary. Part of me was screaming- "what have we done?!?" The main "problem" of the house is that there isn't a bathroom in the front, upstairs. Two baths are located in the middle part of the house, down the hallway. It made me concerned about little boys trying to go in the middle of the night.
one of the many bedrooms

The house has also been vacant for over a year, which means plenty of dead bugs and dust around. It needs a good cleaning, which we'll hire someone to do. With moving and everything else, it's just too much on my plate.

There's plenty of remodeling to be done. Good thing hubby is so handy. We'll probably have an architect come in to give us ideas.

What do you think? Are we crazy?
hugs- Lee


Lori said...

no, you are not crazy...that looks like a gorgeous home and property!!! i am happy for you Lee:)

Debbi said...

Wow! I am jealous, jealous, jealous!

Tam said...

OMG it looks so awesome! I am so happy and excited for YOU!

The Feathered Nest said...

NO!!! You are NOT crazy Lee, this place is AMAZING!!!! I love all the rambling space and barns and such...what a great place for an art gathering is what I'm thinking!!! xxoo, Dawn

Karen said...

Yes you are crazy but go for it!!! It looks like a perfect location!! Let us know!! Good thoughts coming your way!

Gigi said...

No - you are definitely not crazy; especially if you are in love with it. Love takes hard work you know! By the time you are done - it will be better than spectacular!!

Blasé said...

Yes, I can say "Bush Hog". I can also say "Maintenance is Hell".

I actually enjoyed yard work when we had a yard to landscape.

That house IS "huge" (and, that's what she said).

vera said...

Can I come take photos in your field?! I think it looks awesome! :-)

Lynne's Somewhat Invented Life said...

Yes, you are crazy. Crazy in love. I'm in love with it too and I haven't even seen it all. We want to see all the photos. Good luck.

Kasey said...

I love it! I know you are going ot make the house a home and it will be magazine worthy when you are done.

Tracey said...

OMG, it is spectacular! I am soooo jealous - I LOVE it!!!

:) T

MommaRu said...

Lee, what a great challange! I can't wait to see what you do with it. The countryside you own is beautiful.
You will be surprised how quickly the packing will go. The hardest part is to get started.
As far as "night pitstops" for the boys, the little pee pee potty or urinal will do for overnight. We had under-the-bed potties when I was a little girl and the bathroom was on another floor.
Can't wait to see it all. Much Good Luck.
Love, Mrs. "C"

natalea said...

It's AWESOME Lee!! How fun!!!! Congrats! xo nat

All things nice... said...

Just came across your blog, its beautiful and your new home, how wonderful, its looks like a perfect home. Best of luck with it :) Although moving housing may be abit stressful it really is exciting :)

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