I know what your thinking, “That place looks like a dump!”. Don’t worry we have a vision. I’m sure once it’s done you won’t believe your eyes. At least that’s what I tell myself.
The winter has been slow renovating the house. We don’t have insulation in our walls and our pipes have frozen now about 3 times? Basically, we are just trying to survive. Now that Spring is around the corner we been thinking about some outdoor projects. I really want to get the whole side part of the house dug up and leveled so I can make a garden and add a patio. I want add a fence like the image of the house from early 1900’s (below postcard). We also need to figure out the driveway situation. I would love a pea gravel type driveway.
I’m skirting around the biggest project/issue. What to do with the rotting back section of the house? We’ve discovered the back two columns are relatively new and also the most poorly constructed. The walls and floors are rotted, sagging, and a complete disgrace.
We’ve contemplated knocking down the whole back side and reconstructing it. I would like to the back space to be re-designed so the house didn’t look so odd. The design just doesn’t make sense, it’s completely asymmetrical. The back columns need to merged or something. But then we run into historic code problems. Could we get a redesign passed? If that’s not possible, do we just fix it?
How much could this possibly cost us? I wish I still had my job to cover these big expenses. I guess we need to get over our cost fears and call an architect. We definitely need a plan.
p.s. we bought the house painted two different colors. Note the blue and gray on the side.
p.p.s. I love all your comments. fyi we can’t just get rid of the columns. our bathrooms (all three stacked) and main drain is in the smaller column and the larger column is our kitchen also with some heavy plumbing that would be costly to move.