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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Our Journey to a Mortgage Free Home ... #5

Last week I showed you the outside of what would become our mortgage free home and I told you that in the next entry I would show you the inside.

Well, here you go!  Don't say I didn't warn you ...


This was after multiple loads of 'stuff' were hauled out of the house and before it was moved.
When I told you that the house was literally a 'shell' I wasn't kidding ... no walls, no insulation, nothing!


This bed headboard and foot-board was one of several things we still had to deal with ...


this was in the kitchen ... 

I still vividly remember how dirty everything was!  I literally felt like I needed a bath after being inside.  Needless to say the first thing we did after getting the house moved onto our property was to finish emptying out the inside (which included getting rid of the above kitchen cabinet/sink) and giving the place a good sweeping and cleaning!  Did I mention that I used gloves and a face mask while sweeping and cleaning ... can you see why!!!!

Next, this baby's got to have a foundation!

Patsi
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27

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15 comments:

  1. I am sure enjoying this series. Thank you for all the hard work you do on this.
    Dee

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  2. Wow you guys were not sissys.My Grandma would say there is nothing that a a lot of hard work and a little imagination will not fix. Where did you guys stay when working on the house? Did you have a camper.
    Blessings,
    Patti

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    1. Patti, that is another whole different story and one that deserves its own post. I'll include the answer to your question in the next series entry!

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  3. Patsy, this is a wonderful story you are telling. I can see the potential in the house (even in the kitchen cabinet you threw out!).

    We have helped keep the weather out of a white-anted settler's cottage built of only pine, here in Australia. Where I used to sit at the table for a cup of tea, I was nearly falling through the floor! To put up a back wall, my husband had to, first, hammer horizontal boards into position as support under the floor. He had to replace timbers for the wall, using anything with strength left to attach them to ..... Your building is strong, with character in the windows. I see potential alright!!

    Thank you for your work!!

    Regards,
    Rachel Holt

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    1. Rachel, yes, the building was and is strong structurally, that's why we decided to go with it. Sounds like you have a story to tell as well!

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    2. Patsy, the settler's cottage wasn't our own, (My husband built his house, and it is strong!) but, yes, it has given me some stories - and some laughs! For instance, with the entire back wall going up, bit by bit, and the door snuggly in place, the owner was concerned about how the cat would get in and out. With holes all over the place, the neighbours there said to just bring the cat in, let it find a new way out, and everything would be alright for the cat. Next time we turned up to do a little more work, there was a rather large square cut out of the corner of the timber door - the door that my husband had carefully re-hinged on a new frame, and sealed with weather strips! At least the cat gap could have been made a bit smaller ..... maybe cat shaped?!! We can only laugh now!!

      Regards,
      Rachel

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    3. Rachel, sometimes you just gotta laugh!!!!

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  4. Hi Patsy, I have just brought myself up to date on this series. I am enjoying it so much.

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    1. Sherri, I'm glad you're enjoying it. Looking back, I shake my head in amazement!

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  5. I am so enjoying this very interesting series! So exciting.

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    1. Mary Ann, thank you! This was not a quick journey.

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  6. My aunt and uncle took an old house like this and made it into a charming antique display/ family gathering place. I know you have made this place wonderful. I can't wait to see more!

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    1. Little Penpen, since we have opted to pay as we go, it is still a work in progress!

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    2. Little Penpen, since we have opted to pay as we go, it is still a work in progress!

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