In my last post, I described my first visit to the farmhouse and my hasty departure after almost falling through a floorboard. In addition to fearing what I may land on below (spoiler alert: raccoon poop) and suffering a mortal injury, I was also overwhelmed by the amount of work this place needs. This is no weekend warrior project. Every room brings new challenges: sagging floors and sketchy beams, crumbling plaster and holes in ceilings, and plenty of nails waiting to give you tetanus.
They say it takes vision to renovate a place like this. Oh, I had a vision, and it involved the raccoons who live in the attic tearing up all of our hard-earned dollar bills. (If that happens, I’ll be sure to get it on video and post it here. Can you imagine the page views?!) We didn’t waste any time getting to work, and as we started to peel back the layers of debris, my vision became less focused on thieving raccoons and more on our future in this home that has so much historical significance. But first, there’s a ton of work to do. Up next: demo!