Life has a way of intervening and changing what you need, and that has led us, yet again, to another house project. Let the downsizing – and this blog – begin! Today we closed on an 1876 fixer upper we bought last month at auction in Madison, Indiana. It promises to be a wonderful home – once this interior to-do list is completed:
- Strip old wallpaper (as in “layers”) & repair plaster walls
- “Revisit” current plumbing, electric & HVAC (fingers crossed, slightly scared)
- Add a first floor powder room (not climbing these stairs in a hurry!)
- Gut & redo the kitchen and both upstairs bathrooms (words cannot express…)
- Refinish the hardwood floors (diamonds in the rough!)
- Paint all the walls and trim (the pretty part)
Having written that, I’m tired already… I should also include these outside projects:
- Build a garage (if the Historic Board of Review likes our plans & materials)
- Restore the galleries, doors & transoms (such potential!)
- Tuck point the brick (probably)
- Landscape (more of the pretty part)
Did I mention the roof? Holding my breath, but it’s likely the old tile roof will also need attention. These are daunting lists to be sure, but I’m excited to tackle another downtown renovation and decorating project to make this home my own.
The house is not as big as it looks, but it is TALL. Eleven-foot ceilings, 3 rooms down, 3 up, less than 1,800 square feet, and lots and lots of layers of old wallpaper. Check out these photos that we will simply call “Before.”
I should point out that we’re not house flippers. This will be the third renovation of a historic home in Madison to be our own home. One from the 1840s, one built in 1854, now an 1876 fixer upper. Heck, this is practically a NEW home! And right after closing, we met our new backdoor neighbors, Sandy & Dick, owners of 2nd Street Carriage House and 2nd Street Inn located behind our fixer upper. Sweet!
Check out My Backstory to see how life’s twists & turns have offered change with adventures for each renovation or build along the way.
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Congratulations! The house is beautiful. But this better not take away time from being our work mule!
Thank you – and I have to keep working to make the transformation!
Have you two lost your minds. Never mind this blog answered my question!!!!
Sally, this is quite a project, yet one I believe fits you to a T. You don’t know how I wish I lived in Madison part time and could watch this renovation step by step “live”!! The transformation will be unreal!! You go girl!!
Next time you’re in town, down forget your wallpaper scraping tools! 😉
Congrats. Anxious to have you and Ken as neighbors.
Looking forward to being neighbors again!
Sally: I’m so excited for you. I do wish I could see this home as I saw your B & B when you were living in part of the house and renovating the remainder. Good times! I will be following along with your progress. What made you want to move back downtown?
I wish you could see it, too! We were looking for less driving, more walking – and golf carting – in the future. Hopefully one car & a cart will be more than enough to get us around. This will be an adventure for sure!
We can’t wait to follow your progress!
Thanks, Kristin. Any time you want to come down, just let me know! Looking forward to seeing you in December.
It was so nice to meet you both, Sally and Ken! We are excited for you and can’t wait to see what you do with your “new” house! It was waiting for someone like you to come along and bring it back to life!
Thank you, Sandy. I’m so glad we had a chance to meet and talk this afternoon. And we’ll have fun sharing the cedar clippings for holiday decorations! 🙂