Woodside: The First Year

It’s been a year, both literally and figuratively. One year ago, we closed on Woodside. And oh, what a year it has been! We chopped down a suburban jungle & pulled off porches. We met some longtime inhabitants of Woodside (raccoons, a groundhog, about 30,000 bees and possibly some paranormal friends). We lifted the house in the air & watched woefully as it remained up … Continue reading Woodside: The First Year

Bees

We are no stranger to critters at Woodside. Raccoons, squirrels, birds & a groundhog have all lived here at one point or another (and those are just the animals we’ve seen – surely there are more hanging around). And then there are the bees. We didn’t really notice them much when we bought the property because everything was so overgrown. Once we cut down the … Continue reading Bees

Demo: Second & Third Floors

Old houses have a way of surprising you, sometimes in good ways (“Original wooden floors that are likely in decent shape? Jackpot!”) and other times in not so good ways (“Both of your four-story chimneys completely failed during the house lowering – Congratulations!”). While I’m not officially keeping track, if I had to guess, I think it’s probably around 37 – Woodside vs 1 – Us. Along … Continue reading Demo: Second & Third Floors

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

Renovation Plan: Third Floor

Phew. It’s taken me a while to get around to writing this post. Kind of like it took the ladies of the Victorian era a while to move between the second & third floors of Woodside, which is why they needed that giant landing (hopefully you read the last blog post to get that “joke”). Truth be told, it’s been a little busy around our … Continue reading Renovation Plan: Third Floor

Renovation Plan: Second Floor

I should’ve known when I proclaimed my excitement for not having to scrape snow off my car in winter once we have a garage that it would snow that weekend … in March. Weird, right? Although I am pretty sure it has less to do with what I write on this blog & more to do with Missouri having some crazy weather. In addition to the garage, I’m also … Continue reading Renovation Plan: Second Floor