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Planning Stages of rearranging our house

This past winter had no snow until the end of January. just like last year actually. Then we got one storm and it looked like this


In one day before we had a chance to rake off the roof we had ice dams. They didn’t go away until March and at several points over the winter they caused lots of flowing water IN our house. Ruined our dining room ceiling, some of the exterior wood work, paint on 3 windows, warped our front door so it wouldn’t close, loads of fun.  We ended up getting some insurance money to repair the damage and decided if we were going to deal with the mess of ripping off plaster walls and ceilings, it was time to do the other house renovations we were planning to do in 2016 if there was any way we could come up with the financing. I can not deal with that mess 2 summers in a row.

So I spent months and months plotting and arrange our house… my husband is a commercial plumbing apprentice nearing the end of his apprenticeship, so we are super lucky we get free plumbing! We’ve always felt that our house’s best feature is the view out back, however apparently in 1840 that really wasn’t there concern as the layout barely showed it off. The view from the toilet was the best view in the house! was an awesome tool in redesigning.

This was our starting point. The bottom of photo is the front of our house, the top is the back. We did not like the kitchen on the bottom right facing the road. We tried moving it to the back in the same area, in the middle where dining table is, and also to the back all the way to the left.
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We decided on the best option would be moving the bathroom to the ‘left’ so it was outside our bedroom. We plan to stay downstairs even when kids are grown and move out due to my husbands knee issues. Then move the kitchen to the back. I also decided to get a monstrously huge AVL production weaving loom which will take up all the space the previous bathroom took up, I am sacrificing some kitchen space…but well, I’m the only one who cooks. So it is MY sacrifice alone.

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You can also view it in 3D!
It’s not perfect, but it’s definitely a super useful tool to figure out how things will look.

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Due to the age of our home we needed to hire carpenters  to hire to reframe all the new windows, add a wall for our new bathroom, level the CRAZY floor changes from the new kitchen area which was built as a sloped porch and to take out the wall dividing that area and support a 14foot span. Of course with these old houses nobody can tell you a price so they want to see what’s under the walls first. Dan and I decided we would do the demolition ourselves to save money. Wow, what a mess. I really didn’t get to help as much as I wanted to as we have a 3 year old and we can’t both get dirty and contaminated.


This was a walk in pantry that I used as a craft studio storage


Blown in insulation is VERY messy, not to mention plaster and wood lath.


Down to the bare bones.

The roof and floor both ended up in such horrible shape they both ended up replaced. It took longer than expected, probably 3 days for that back area that was becoming the kitchen, there was plaster and lathe then a layer of drywall dated 1921 on it over the plaster.