A real life Farmhouse Fixer Upper. Who doesn’t love a great make-over. I definitely do! It is redemption at its core. Something old, written off, and passed by, noticed by a creative heart who sees beyond the brokenness, dilapidation, and dust and VOILA! The old is made new and beautiful… A love story.
The Creative Vision
It just so happens that I had a front seat to such a story. I watched as my Mother-in-Law, Ruth and Father-in-Law, Lewis took an old broken down farmhouse and with their amazing talents made the old new again.
Ruth is an inspired DIY renovator. Along with her daughter, Adrian, she has renovated houses and sold them for profit. The two of them could literally have their own TV network show!
One Farmhouse’s story
Let me back up and give you a little background info. Four years ago, my husband Eric, his parents, and some other family members joined forces to buy land for Eric’s dream soccer facility. They settled on a small, 7 acre farmette, which included an indoor riding arena, a big red barn, and one very old farmhouse.
While Eric focused on converting the riding arena into an indoor soccer field and excavating outdoor fields, Ruth and Lewis tackled the restoration of the large farmhouse.
Did I mention this farmhouse was huge?! Five bedrooms and two staircases huge! The downstairs was broken up into several small rooms. This included a large living room, a dining room, a kitchen, a sitting area with coal stove, a small powder room, and those two staircases leading to the 2nd floor. The spaces were dark, old, and in great need of some updating. Even though the house was large, the drop ceiling and small rooms made the spaces feel small and crowded.
Due to a lack of before photos, here is my weak representation of the original layout:
I happened to be along when our realtor friend, Jay, walked us all through the house. Let me say, where I saw a mess and some major hard work, Ruth and Lewis saw potential.
As I mentioned, Ruth and lewis are no strangers to renovation. They have made over several properties, including the above pictured Mid-Century Modern home, which is where they lived prior to moving to the farmhouse. So when it came to this daunting project, they felt up to the challenge.
The transformation Ruth and Lewis have made to this farmhouse is amazing! You have got to see it! Guys, really, grab your favorite beverage, pull up a chair, and take a tour with me!
One of the first things Ruth did was rearrange the downstairs floor plan.
(sorry for my sad representation but you get the picture…)
The new layout:
She redesigned the layout, removed one of the staircases and completely relocated the kitchen. They took out walls, tore out the drop ceiling, removed the power room, and opened up the front of the house to make a large living room.
The kitchen was moved from the back of the house to a more central location and is the heart of the home.
It is so inviting. It makes you want to grab a cup of coffee and park yourself at the beautiful wood Island for a long conversation.
A friend and local craftsman made the Island and built-in. Ruth requested the island be built on wheels so it can roll out of the way for our large family gatherings.
The space is large enough to hold their five children with spouses, and all sixteen grandchildren, at holiday meals. Here we are at our last family gathering. Take a look at the beautiful Amish crafted expanding table that stretches to an amazing 24 feet and still doesn’t quite hold us all.
Ruth and Lewis worked to maintain the homes original farmhouse charm by marrying the old structure with the new renovations.
You really notice this in the den where the brick wall and original arched doorway meet the new grey/blue walls.
Ruth and Lewis kept the tall living room built-ins and brightened them up with a bit of yellow paint.
The central staircase’s original design was kept and given a bit of a facelift with freshly painted walls and restored risers and treads.
Upstairs the five bedrooms were rejuvenated by refurbishing the old wood floors and painting the walls. Ruth even made over one of the bedrooms for the out-of-town granddaughters to stay when they come.
A beautiful original stain glass picture window found in one of the upstairs doors remains to remind us of the properties stable days.
Throughout the home you will find Ruth’s decorative touches including her very own lovely art work you see here gracing the wall and adding color and beauty.
While the inside is lovely the outside addition of the wrap around porch pulls at my heart strings! Nothing is better then sitting on the porch on a warm summer day and feeling the breeze of the ceiling fans as you sip on your cool drink! Nostalgic to the core!
Did I happen to mention you can sit on the porch and watch the soccer games? A family favorite! Better hurry the seats are going fast out here!
Are you a farmhouse fan? Have you tackled any farmhouse renovations or built a dream home of your own?
I would love to hear how you are living a breaking average life and chasing after your dreams…tell me about it in the comments below.
If you enjoyed this post be sure to check out What Does It Take to Build Your Own Home from Breaking Average Blog.