Thursday, April 21, 2011

Then and now- Part 2

Top to bottom renovation

In the past two years, we have worked on this house from top to bottom and side to side.  Here's a few highlights:
One of the first tasks (to keep mice and birds out of the attic) was to replace this soffit
 With this:
 In addition to adding the venting on the soffits, we added roof ridge vents to help keep it cool and a new chimney cap to keep out the water.
And also in the attic- even though the previous owner said that there was 'plenty' of insulation- we disagreed:
 And added significantly more...
 We ripped out and rebuilt entire walls that had water damage:
And a portion of the main girder for the house... eeek!!!
 We replaced a door...
and added storm doors to keep out the rain.
We finished the basement:
Well, kind of- it's still a work in progress with many tasks left to do.

All this in addition to both V and I working for $ (me full-time outside the home), raising our three children, growing a garden and preserving the harvest.

We've been busy little bees, but the journey isn't over yet.  Tomorrow I'll recap some of THE BIG STUFF.  The stuff we couldn't do ourselves (or at least did with help).  And then, the journey will continue on...  it's a never-ending one.

And don't forget.  It's not too late to get in on the 2 year farmiversary giveaway!


  1. WOW~! You have really worked hard on this house.. This house where we live we did the same thing and there were 5 outbuildings including a barn that had to be torn down..Lots of work but lots of rewards.
    Thanks for stopping by and saying "Hi" on my blog.. you say you live close to me?
    Have a Tiggeriffic Day~! ta ta for now .~!

  2. Tiggeriffic- as far as bloggers go, I'm in your back yard! We're just outside Iowa City. Not too far at all.

  3. Wow that insulation was completely disintegrated!

  4. It's almost like a rebuild, isn't it? I love the basement redo - that is an awesome couch. So, did you average about 2 hours of sleep a night?


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