The Fixer Upper

Today a dream I have held for over  half my life came true.  When I was 9 years old my Father purchased a 100 year old farm house in Horse Pasture, VA. My family along with my grandmother lived in that house while my Father restored, renovated and added on to it. For years there were constant sounds of hammers and saws and the smell of fresh wood and saw dust. My 9 year old self was so impressed by what Daddy with the help of a few of my Uncles were able to do. They took something old and worn down by years and years of memories and they gave it new life. A beautiful home where we made memories of our own.

I was 17 when we sold that house and moved into a brand new house. It was a nice comfortable home, but for me it lacked the charm and character of our old farm house. It was then, at 17 years old, that I started to dream. One day I would follow in my fathers footsteps and buy my own house to restore. In all my travels over the years my eyes would seek out older homes along the route and I would imagine what they might become…..if only it were mine.

2 months ago, a beautiful friend and customer of Green Living stopped by the shop to see me. She told me of a home in desperate need of renovation. The second she left the shop I called my husband and said we HAD to go see it. I wanted to go right then but had to contain myself until the following evening when we drove out to have a look. As we rounded the top of the long driveway and the house came into view my husband looked at me and said, “We are buying it!” We had not even gotton out of the car or seen the inside but I agreed. Yes, we are buying it!

Exactly 2 years and 2 days ago I lost my Dad after a 5 year battle with cancer. I feel his presence with me everyday and I know he is proud of what I am accomplishing in my life. I know we have his blessing as we begin our own journey of home restoration.

Today, this 1930s Colonial is officially ours!  Our plan is to restore this home to its former glory and live here with our family for many years to come. We will take it one day at a time, one room at a time. Since we will be sharing this experience with some 6000 facebook fans we thought it best to keep the location private. 

If you would like to follow along on this journey with us be sure to check our facebook page and blog for updates on our progress. In my next post we will tour the inside. Today the outside!

Let the tour begin!

Front Exterior

 

Front Porch

Addition

Rear Exterior

Side Porch

Side Porch

Circle Drive

100 year old Oaks

Garage

Driveway

The unveiling begins!

 

 If you would like to see the inside you can check it our HERE

 

18 Comments on “The Fixer Upper

  1. WOW! I don’t know you, but I’m thoroughly impressed! All the best of luck to you on the remodel- I have no doubt that you’ll do a fantastic job & I’m looking forward to following along. Please try to save those old oaks, they’ve seen a lot of life and they’re wonderful. Stay safe!

  2. i don’t know you either but I have been in your store a few times. I also bought an older home 5 yrs ago and it was the house my Mom and Daddy built for us.
    I grew up in this house and now live in it again. I fixed it up also. I love living here and will never sell it! Good luck to You and your husband!

  3. Awesome! Congratulations! I am so excited for you all, and look forward to following your progress. It takes a lot of fortitude to do this. If anyone can do it, I do believe you two can. Best of luck. let the renovation begin. LOL!… (Patti)

  4. What a gorgeous house! With all of your talent and ideas, can’t wait to see what you two young folks will turn this wonderful home into. Can’t wait for you to finish and have open house. Good luck!

  5. A beautiful, stately “manor” and the lot looks beautiful, too. You are right. Your Dad would be proud of your desire and decision to buy and restore. Have a blast.

  6. I can’t wait to see the updates. What a wonderful, awesome blessing this is for you and your family. So happy for you.

  7. That is an absolutely beautiful house, even now as you begin. We love remodeling and wish you the very best. Gary would be very proud of you all.

  8. I’m so excited for you! It’s going to be phenomenal when you get finished! Congratulations on your special find!!!

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