Good morning. Rick and I live in a historic home. Along with cozy, snug and comfy, it’s been interesting. I call our dwelling place, a farmhouse cottage.
After moving in, we lived in the house for twelve months before we did anything to it. I wanted the house to speak to me and tell me what it needed. 🙂 I also wanted to experience all four seasons to discover what was in garden. It was worth the wait. The house told me *ahem* it needed to be opened up. It wanted fresh air flowing through it. So! We opened up the house. Rick restored the windows. We have “vintage” windows with the weights, counter-weights and ropes. Since Rick repaired them, I have learned they are great windows. They go up and down with ease. However, the windows in our closed-in front porch were nailed shut, so that took some effort to open. I think Rick spent an entire day working on those windows, but now they are open and because of the breeze that goes through that room, it’s my favorite room in the house. 🙂
Since we’ve lived here, we did get a new furnace. When the men came to install the new one, the man said, our furnace was so old he didn’t recognize it or the company who made it. Well! Alright then.
We also had a fireplace put in. That is wonderful. The fireplace heats the house. We only use the furnace in January.
Our kitchen needed the most attention. Since we did the work, it was inexpensive. Rick took down old wallpaper. He scrubbed glue off the walls and we painted. He also did some stenciling in the kitchen. We eventually bought new appliances and we put hardware on the cupboard doors. Now we have a cute, little cottage kitchen.
Rick reports, the most difficult thing about living in a historic home ~ getting workers to update the home when it’s necessary.
I’m a terrible gardener, so flowers are always difficult for me to grow. I do have daisies, bleeding hearts, lilies, mint, lilacs, and some unknown flowers. Rick is great growing vegetables. We have tomatoes and peppers every year.
If we moved, would I purchase another historic home? Maybe. I have learned a LOT owning this one. I would say, if you are thinking of buying a historic home, go for it! Especially if you have carpentry skills or interior design experience. That would be awesome. We live in a beautiful neighborhood and we have great people all around us. There can be challenges with historic homes though.
Have a great day!