Thursday, March 15, 2012


Well it has been a long time since I blogged...and to be honest I wasn't feeling all the inspired with Winter causing a halt to any construction.
But last week brought some motivating temperatures and Brian started working away again once he cleared the snow from the house.
So not too much got done during the winter although the winter seemed late coming it seems like it has been a long winter and I am ready for spring!!!
Brian finished up demo pretty much just before the first snowfall and now just has a few little things to tackle and square up before building starts in full force.

Kinda scary...but if you look at it everyday the effect kinda wears off eventually.

So you can see we left the beams and the main structure of the original house from 1905. To the left is where the expansion will be going. The original house will consist of entry way, laundry room, bathroom and playroom/office/spare room. I guess as kids grow that room will change. The upstairs will be our bedroom with an extended patio and bathroom. The addition will consist of the living room, kitchen, sun room and 3 bedrooms upstairs. So as you can see we still have lots to do!!!! But through the winter I have been like a little squirrel gathering nuts but instead of nuts I have been gathering light fixtures, bathroom appliances, and a little of this and that that I see on sale. So it has been great to just get little things here and there only spending money if I have it. Our goal is to do this house at the lowest cost possible...but I guess that is most people's goal when building a house. We want the house of our dreams but we don't want to break the bank to have it.
Our appliances and kitchen cabinets are safely stored and I can't wait to get them out the boxes!!! I think we may have ordered them a little prematurely but at least they are there when we are ready.
Over the winter we tried to make the most of our surroundings by turning one of our ponds into a great skating which Ella learnt to skate...well at least stand up on skates and build her confidence up at least. Brian taught Logan to snowboard and Mom and Ella took their shot at skiing....I think Ella is already better than I am.
We did some off roading out back through our back property to the beaver dam that you can see in the is pretty big!!! and did some sledding in the back as well. Of course we took advantage of our snowshoes and did some exploring through the woods as well looking at various animal tracks, seeing what animals we share the woods with. I did some cross country skiing in the field which was awesome because the trails in the area aren't all that great.
So we tried to make the most of the winter, the Winnebago still provided warmth and comfort for the winter. The kids and I still stay at my parents through the week and head out for the weekends. Brian stays out there all week long and has been working on his new restoration through the winter....A mini moke...which will hopefully be ready in time for Mini Meet East in July. Here is a sample picture of one, this is not the one he is restoring but just idea of what it will look like. Those of you who know Brian know it will be beautiful. He has won awards for his restorations and will I am sure this will be a winner!! A rare car, I actually drove to Bangor, Maine last year and picked it up for him with my Mom, Step-Dad and kids. We wanted to do some shopping so I figured why not bring a mini moke back too. It kinda looks like a golf-cart...a very common car in Australia for beach cruising.

So here is our pond... 

This is us in the Rover four wheeling out to the beaver pond. One picture is kinda dark but you can tell how huge the pond almost like a small lake really.



Here is our salamander "Sal". Brian rescued him out of the basement in the fall. He felt sorry for the little guy and so we took him in and made him part of the family. He has grown on me...with that dorky little smile of his. It is kinda a pain having to go to the pet store to buy crickets every week though. He/She is really fat not sure if Sal is a girl and is going to have babies or if we are over feeding it crickets but he/she is healthy and people told us that Salamanders are really hard to take care off. I guess he/she is pretty happy!!!
Our kitty Muggs is still keeping most of the stray cats away as he guards the barns.
Our Dog Wolsley is still with my Mom as he is just too big for the trailer...we can't wait to bring him up to the house too. He has come for few visits up there and loved it....I think he is going to make a great farm dog!!

Here is "Winnie" covered in snow. Propane has been a huge cost this winter but it has kept us warm on the weekends and Brian all winter. The kids still love staying in it and in all honestly it has paid it's dues. However once our house is built I am not so sure I will ever want to stay in it watch for Winnie to go up for sale.

So all in all things have been a little stand stillish but it is winter and well what can you do!
Good news!! We have been talking to Department of Agriculture, well meant with a guy that works there in regards to programs for starting up farms. We got some really good feedback and looks like our Tree Farm will now be a Strawberry farm. After talking to a few people and doing some research a strawberry farm would be our best bet. It was so motivating to meet with him and have his input. There are are a lot of opportunities out there and we are going to take full advantage of them!!! we have the property and after this house is built we are going to make the time. I know it all seems overwhelming to have some many things on the go and yes it is but yet it soooo exciting to see our future starting to transform.  
Time for bed!!!
Well wishes to all!!!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The biggest Honey do list you'll ever see......

November 16, 2011
Well....Since I am so far behind on my blogging I figured I would bring everyone up to date in one single blog.
I had a client in yesterday who is an avid blogger, she knows who she is...after she left I started thinking that I really should get this blog updated and since things have been a little frustrating lately with the re-construction of the house, this blog might help a little with possible venting and it is also fun to share with everyone exactly what we have been up too. I say "we" but in all honestly...Brian. Brian has been working so hard on the house and things have not been easy. He vents his frustrations but not once did he make me feel that we are in over our heads. He has a solution to every problem/surprise that comes our way and trust me...there have been several. He amazes me everyday with his accomplishments! To know the house we will live in was built by his hands with his love makes it even more appreciated!
Here I am today...nothing to do....I can't believe I just said that! Isn't there always something to do...well I am sure I could find something but today is blog day! I am usually running here and there on my days off but not today! Brian hired some guys to help him with the house this week and he is busy with them. I usually head out to help him with what ever I can. I feel like I am not much help at times but I try to do what I can even if it is just bringing stuff to the burn pile, it is one less thing that he has to do.
We are well into demos now, the summer was good to us and Brian worked with a few local guys to bring the house down. It wasn't an easy job...wall to wall...slate board and plaster! What a terrible job. I went out one day and tried to help and lasted all of 10 mins! The dust drove me crazy and for a day after 10 mins only I was blowing out white stuff in my nose. The whole house pretty much except for the 2 new additions..I say new but these additions too are old...just not 106 years old. We didn't find too many interesting things in the wall which was kinda disappointing but had fun reading the old newspapers that were acting as insulation for the house...mixed with sawdust and some weird seed....looked like flax seed. Once the walls were down the birds loved it!

Brian found this thing in the wall...not really sure what it is???

An old shoe in the wall.

There are a few other items too..but on Brian's will post later.

Brian first started with the upstairs. He took down all the slat board and exposed the post and beam. This went by rather fast. At this point we hoped that we could keep most of the house intact and only replace the interior part of the walls. We wanted an open concept and also wanted to turn the attic into an extra bedroom. Little did we know that only the frame of the original 106 year house would be left standing. Turns out that the additions that were put on were not constructed properly and would have to be torn down and also rebuilt. This was disappointing but yet gave us the opportunity to change things up a bit, making it more suitable to our wants. One thing I mentioned to Brian is that we need a big entry way! I hate trying to get in the door, usually with bags in my hands, two kids, and two loving animals there welcoming you home. Any house I have ever lived in always had a cramped entry way, so with the new addition we can now make a grand entrance. There was mold build up in the addition part of the house as well, the previous owners had put in an additional water heater which leaked into the walls. So after we found that buried in the pantry under the counter we knew that in order to get rid of this mold completely...the whole wall would have to come out.
Hard to imagine that the oldest part of the house was the best constructed!
Thank god Mother Nature has been generous this fall...we are way behind schedule and this weather has been perfect to hopefully finish up  getting the house closed up and then we will be able to work on the inside during the colder months.
The kids and I have been still going up on weekends but the nights are getting cold and waking up to seeing you breath is no way to welcome the morning.
Here are some more up to date pictures! Apparently over the past two days the addition that you see in the last pictures has been completely removed. I get so excited heading out there on weekends to see what has been done while in my absence. I am kinda jealous of Brian that he gets to be out there permanently but yet know it can't be pleasant doing some of that work. I only pray the weather stay nice for him!
I will try to be more consistent with updates. I know I left so much out but in the past months so much has happened that in one blog I am afraid I can't cover it all. Brian's "Honey do list" will be forever ongoing I'm afraid...

Mold along the window due to the leaky water heater
Room that we wanted to make into kitchen but decided to completely destroy

Original part of house..still standing

original part of house..will be children's playroom

Entry way..GONE!

Original part of house..future bathroom/laundry

Scary basement which I will probably never enter

Original house...shingles that were on the inside under slat board and plaster.

more mold from water heater

Interesting door under drywall which was suppose to be one of the newer parts of the house

Has been completely removed now

Pantry..old stove..which we kept in hope to put in the carriage house one day. Our next project!

can you guess how many layer of wallpaper?

The upstairs!

Brian put a hole in the side of the house so he could shovel the plaster out the window


just a big friggin mess


A little more than I could handle that day! somewhat discouraging.

The pond left of the house..hopefully a future skating rink!

I had to go to the other side of the house to make myself feel a little better

Good bye ugly blue siding

I know trampolines are dangerous...but if provides hours of entertainment for the kiddos

the little stream that runs in front of our house..we have had several boat, rubber ducky races. Muggs and Wolsley love it as they always have a fresh supply of water.

Our outdoor furnace! it will heat the barns, our house, future carriage house and in hopes of a hot tub outside that too!! We decided to go with radiant heat throughout the house....this was the most efficient way for us to do it. With an abundant amount of wood on our property...than why not!

Several wagons/harvesters found on the property

We took the mini for one final drive this past the day beautiful!
This part is staying..the only part of the house left standing!

so do you think we are crazy yet????
I sometimes feel like I am going crazy but I know it will be all worth it in the end.