BC: Spring 2011
FC: Our Home
1: We fell in love with the house, shop & 3 acres at the auction open house. It felt like home and was so close to our family. The row of pink & white peonies were blooming in the front yard just like the row we had at the house I grew up in. | After 2 1/2 years of searching we purchased our dream home on Farm Road 96. We tried to buy the house at auction in May of 2010, but it did not sell. After months of praying and 2 offers we closed November 26, 2010. Then the work began.
2: The house was built by Virgil and Lorene Bowman in 1961. The couple lived in the basement with their daughter Becky while the upstairs was finished. Virgil did much of the work himself. Lorene sold it to us when she was 93, Virgil had passed away 10 years before. | This picture was taken on Christmas Day 1961. | 1983 | Virgil & Lorene July 4th 1988
6: We started with the flooring. The only area of the house that did not have carpet was the space between the cabinets in the kitchen. On our first day of work the carpet and linoleum was pulled. Daniel spent 2 days scraping the glue from the kitchen/dinning area to prepare the subfloor for the tile and hardwood.
7: Each tile was laid out and numbered in the kitchen. All the cuts were made prior to our laying day. The tile was a long process of planning, cutting, concrete board, setting, and grouting.
8: The hood and the drop in stove were removed. Daniel and his dad installed a new microwave. Daniel chopped the cabinets to accomodate our refridgerator, new freestanding stove, and dishwasher. He did a wonderful job. I put up wallpaper above the cabinets.
9: We followed John's advice on the bar and brought the hardwood up onto the step, removed the half circle shelves from the end, and painted it the blonde from the wall color.
10: On our first day of work I removed the wallpaper from the hallway, and border in the kitchen. Jeremy came over to help me paint. The living, kitchen/dining, and hallway were painted the blonde John picked which looked great with the hardwood and my drapes.
12: "Nail by nail and board by board, Daddy gave life to Mama's dream." Miranda Lambert
14: The bathroom was our most extensive project, it was gutted down to the studs in the wall. We added 32 inches to the width of the room by bumping the new tub/shower into the closet of the adjoining bedroom. By moving the tub/shower to the west wall we were able to do one large closet. The doorway was moved to accomodate a standard depth vanity and get the one piece tub/shower unit into the room. Daniel thought I may have had a little too much fun with the demo of this bathroom. We were not sad to see the pink porcelin tub, sink, toilet and tile go.
20: We replaced all 3 of the exterior doors. It took 2 full days. Replacing the hollow wooden doors made such a difference to update the house inside and out. | Before
21: Our closing date was 11-26-10 and we moved in 3-6-11. All of our spare time was spent working on the house, except Sundays. Ben spent a lot of time with Oma and Papa, and every Saturday with Nana. Grandpa Bob and Grandma Myrt would stop in often to check our progress. In the end we were so exhausted and ready to get back to our life. The day we moved in was cold and rainy, but I could not have been happier or more excited. There were several fireman, Oma, Papa, and Daniel's friend Andy to help us. It was such a wonderful feeling to finally be in the house we had worked so hard on for over 3 months.