This blog is the journey of my (massive) home renovation project. In December of 2012, I acquired a 100-year-old farmhouse in rural Iowa. It’s a traditional modified 4-square with lots of charm….and it needs a full-gut renovation. I walked through this house seeing past the 70’s linoleum, orange shag carpet, peeling paint, and cracked plaster walls and ceilings. I saw it for the beauty of its age, its bones, its structure and character. The winning feature for me was a full unfinished attic, whose high peak, rough hewn trusses, and broken floor boards screamed master suite. I had to have it.
Let me introduce the cast:
I’m Kelly. I’m 24, I have a master’s degree in Agricultural Education, and I work at a living history museum demonstrating a horse-powered farm from the turn of the 20th century. I do things most girls don’t do, and I tend to be over-ambitious.
My dad is the foreman of this project. His DIY resume includes a detached garage with finished upstairs, a garage-turned-living space, basements, bathrooms, and more. He thinks hard and works harder.
My mom is the decorator/designer/accountant. She’s also the trim queen, having many trim refinishing projects under her belt. She’s got an eye for detail and will keep us on budget.
Gracie is an 18-month-old Irish Setter with a unique effervescence. She’ll get in the way whenever she can.
Madigan is a 9 year old Irish Setter who is a happy-go-lucky girl with a cranky-old-lady streak. She’ll sit in the truck and growl occasionally.
This house is full of eventuallys, maybes, somedays, and possiblys, and this blog will be the documentation of the slow-and-steady journey from where it all began to where it will one day be. I hope you enjoy the ride, and I hope that other do-it-yourselfers can find wisdom in my experience.