The farmhouse renovations are nearing completion, at last! It was a much bigger project than we originally imagined renovating the old house, due to quirks in original construction and the need for completely new electrical wiring, plumbing, and HVAC. Although we did much of the demolition last summer, we quickly recognized the need for professional help, and getting tradespeople out to the farm was a challenge at times. But it’s getting close to habitability, and it looks beautiful, inside and out.
Front Entrance: Before
Side Entrance: Before
Front Entrance: After
Side Entrance: After
Our plan is to use the downstairs as multi-purpose workspaces, with a kitchen, farm office, and fiber arts studio (see Farmhouse Fiber Arts for more info). Upstairs we have a bedroom, sitting room, and bathroom for our living quarters. It is an evolving process, but it is gradually taking shape.
In February, 2018, we planted Virginia Pines to replace trees that died in the past couple of years. We got 100 healthy-looking trees from Oklahoma Forestry Services and planted them on a warmish winter day. They got plenty of rain in the following weeks, so hopefully will be well established for spring growth.
In March, we built two 4’x12’ raised beds for a kitchen garden. They are ideally located on the south side of the house. We planted seeds for cool season plants (peas, lettuce, spinach, etc.) on March 24th, and covered them with an old screen door to protect them from cold and/or hard rain.