The farm house is admittedly on the small side – less than 1200 sq ft. But that wasn’t so much the issue – it felt small because of low ceilings and tiny bedrooms. The master bedroom checked in at a skimpy 8 x 9′. Single digits. Plus a 7′ ceiling (with a ceiling fan!). Yikes. Me & the trusty architect scale drew up a plan to annex the adjacent laundry room to open things up.
So we shuffled some things around. (By “we” I mean Gary. Paul & I choked through drywall dust and falling mouse poop insulation while Gary made things beautiful). 3 weeks later we now have an 11.5 x 11.5′ bedroom with an 11′ vaulted ceiling and an attached 9 x 11′ closet with laundry. Now we’re talking. There are still minor weirdnesses – electrical panel above the bed (not worth $4k to move), attic access above the door, water heater in the closet, but these are things I can work with.
Next we turned to the innocent looking living room slider wall. To enjoy a bigger view of the pasture, we decided to add a second slider and smoosh them together to make a big window wall.
These things seem easy on paper. (Me & my scale again). But the rot in that wall added some spice where plain vanilla would have been just fine. Demo went pretty easy; stuff just kinda falls down. But these were interesting falling things – like live mice! Plus: 3′ high piles of acorns, abandoned drill bits still embedded in the framing, a high school portrait, newspaper clipped obituary, and a dead anole. And my photos don’t do justice to the chaos added by 30+ hens constantly wandering in and out of construction leaving their own sort of calling cards. Shoo!
The living room walls were originally finished in plywood. I probably would have left it if it weren’t for the rot we were finding. And isn’t that rust eating through the galvanized sink pipe? Good eye. Spaghetti and I got busy pulling plywood down. If it’s functional we save it. Not sure why yet, but on a farm you are always looking for spare parts. Our parts bin is filling up fast.
The last wall standing was the bathroom (one and only in the house). Despite it’s size, it was carrying a behemoth walk-in tub. Paul, Spaghetti & a trusty sawsall freed it from the tiny space which suddenly felt a whole lot bigger.
5 weeks later we have no walls. Well actually we have nice clean framing which is kind of close to a wall, right? Ok not if you’re trying to use the bathroom but we don’t have heat or hot water so let’s not get picky. I have plywood and framing. I’m happy. No, really I’m tired and sore, but no rest for the weary and the righteous don’t need none. Next up, we get decked!