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How This Whole Thing Started

When people find out we bought a farmhouse that was built in 1848 and needs a complete renovation, they are mostly unsurprised. To grasp why, you must first get acquainted with the men of the Papineau family: Brendon, his dad, and his uncles, who I like to joke that if you put them in the middle of the field, they could build a house with their bare hands. … Continue reading How This Whole Thing Started

Farmhouse Finances

While house lifting pictures & tales of critters are probably the more exciting parts of our renovation, there’s also a lot that goes on behind the scenes to keep the wheels in motion. Budgets, bills & permits are necessary for most renovations, but there are also extra requirements when doing a project that qualifies for historic tax credits. The first step was to submit an extensive … Continue reading Farmhouse Finances

Supporting Historic Restoration & Renovation in Missouri

Please bear with us as we depart from our usual content and post about something happening in our community. As reported earlier this year, the Missouri Senate is currently reviewing Senate Bill 226, which could, among other things, negatively impact the Missouri Historic Tax Credit Program if passed. The current status of the bill can be viewed here. If you’ve been reading our blog since the … Continue reading Supporting Historic Restoration & Renovation in Missouri

Foundation – Part 1

I think I’ve mentioned before (or you have probably figured it out by reading this blog) that I am the novice in this operation. I spend a lot of time asking questions & searching Google, and then throwing buzzwords into conversations when people ask me how the renovation is going (“Oh, you know, then we had to move a crib* over eight inches.”) When I was … Continue reading Foundation – Part 1

House Lifting

Spoiler alert: Lifting a house in real life is in no way similar to the movie “Up”. Just don’t want to set you up for disappointment. Although given our brush with critters so far, it wouldn’t have surprised me if we had found a talking dog or a giant bird during the process. When I found out we needed to replace the foundation at Woodside, I wasn’t surprised, … Continue reading House Lifting