It’s too cold to go out and snap many pictures today, so I thought I’d show a before and after of our old farmhouse. We aren’t sure exactly when it was built. One source says 1875. The carpenter that put the new basement under it for us thought it wasn’t quite that old, maybe around 1900. This farm was the first land claim made in Mitchell County in 1851. A log cabin sat somewhere on this site prior to this house being built.
This was the house when we moved in 8 years ago:
And this is the house after new siding and new porch this summer:
I love love love the new front porch. We didn’t get done in time to use it much this year but next year I’ll be out there in a porch swing, a book in one hand and a drink in the other, watching the kids play and the livestock graze, and waving at the neighbors as they drive by.
Closeup of the porch. Before there were 2 porches, one over each door. We extended the main porch so it wraps around the bay window to both doors. Matt painted the ceiling a turquoise-y robins egg blue.
Our new front entrance. We’ve got a lot of painting to do next summer.
The old front entrance looked like this.