Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The Farmhouse And Other Misc. Stuff...

During our mini-vacation in Michigan, we had a chance to look at the farmhouse I blogged about last week.  After mulling it over all weekend, it is with mix feelings that we decided we had to pass.  The house was built in the late 1800's with an addition that was put in in the back somewhere between the 40s-60's I would guess (exterior looks more 40's but interior looks more 60's). Because the house was so old, it was built before indoor plumbing.  The main house had a large living room, dining room and kitchen, with 4 equally sized bedrooms upstairs.  The addition was off of the back of the house, and it had a vestibule area just as you came in from the side door with a powder room, and then it connect back to the main house through the kitchen. There was a bedroom/den/office situation, and then a full bath and large closet type room which were accessible from the main house only.  The original house was actually in really good shape.  It was straight and square with tons of original details intact. The ceilings were 10' tall on the main floor and at least 8'6" if not 9' on the second floors.  I will share a few close up pictures of the details, but since I don't own the house, I don't feel comfortable sharing more.

Lovely ornate grill cover.
Fantastic pocket doors - they were 8' tall!
The door hardware on the pocket doors.
The door hinges throughout... Can you imagine these with the paint removed?
The base boards on the main floor were nearly a foot tall!  And I am pretty sure all the wood was walnut...
The entry vestibule area.  The woodwork was in such great shape!
The beautiful exterior. 
The addition, however, was in horrible shape!  It stunk, was literally falling apart and for sure had to be taken down to the studs, if not portions of it completely rebuilt.  The plumbing was mostly copper, except the line to the kitchen, so that was a positive.  But the electricity wasn't functioning at the time we toured the house which was concerning.  The panel looked a little crazy with a mix of cloth covered and newer wiring.  I saw some porcelain knobs in the basement, so I am pretty sure most of the electrical in the walls was knob and tube.  This makes me nervous because that means there is nothing protecting the wiring (no conduit or metal sheathing) and I view that as a potential fire hazard.  The roof was also not in very good shape and there was evidence of a roof leak in the addition.  The clap board was actually in crazy good shape, but there was still some rot that would need to be addressed.  

Despite how wonderful this house could be, it needs more work right now than we can really handle. Had it just been updating the electrical, or just replacing the roof, or just dealing with the addition, it probably would have been a contender.  Or if I had oodles of money to throw at it and contract everything out...  Now I just pray that the house goes to someone who appreciates it and doesn't rip out everything that makes it so special!   

On a brighter note, I picked up this fantastic vintage oval pedestal sink with faucet for $200 from a salvage sale in Lakeview. Pretty sure it's worth $800-$1000 based on what I'm seeing online.  I would say that is one heck of a deal!  It was reglazed a light gray color at some point, but I plan on reglazing it white before using it in our main bath room (whenever we get around to that project...)

As you can see, my pedestal sink collection is growing...lol.  Oh and the dining room is ALMOST done.  Just have to swap a few outlets and install the wall plates.  Hope to post about that this week!



  1. As sad as this outcome is, I'm sure it is the right one for you. That hardware is GORGEOUS as are the pocket doors etc! Ok, I'm over it so now on to that SPECTACULAR sink! You can certainly pick them!

    1. Normally I am not that lucky, but I've been striking gold lately. I think salvage sales are the way to go!