Welcome to our old house.
It is time I properly introduced myself. Hello. My name is Kalindi. My husband Doug and I are living in and renovating / rebuilding a very old house. We are unsure of exactly how old. His family had someone come look at the house back in the 90's and they estimated the main 2 story log cabin portion of the house at 275 years old. They also estimated the addition to the log cabin to have been done around the early 1800's.
There was also later additions done which housed the kitchen (not really sure of the date, but the foundation is stone). Then another addition when they got indoor plumbing when my mother in law was a little girl.
Right now we are living on the first floor of the house. The second floor is completely gutted still and while it is cleaner than the photographs I have linked to, it is in the same state (bare logs in the old house and bare studs in the new construction). We hope to get the kitchen done, the main room of the downstairs done (which will be the dining room, but we will use as a family room until the family room is done), and then move on to the floors upstairs and the master bedroom. We need to move upstairs in order to finish the family room as we need to demolish the floor and pull up supports and tear out a staircase so, we are nowhere near done.
We are doing all the work ourselves. We did hire my husband's brother to do the actual construction of the addition and some other work in the beginning as we did not have the know how to do that, but the rest of it so far has been us. (Although after doing the drywall myself, we have seriously considered hiring someone to do that upstairs in the addition as I just don't like it UGH!!) Oh, and we have 2 kids, one just turned 2 and the other just turned 3, so things are a bit slow going around here.
Also, I know there are many purists on here from my reading who bring houses back to their original splendor, but well, we are going for a little different. We are trying to show it's age, show what makes it special, but we have no illusions that we are going to show a "period" home. We are going to keep every beam you see on our ceilings exposed with the bark on. The exterior wall that is exposed in the family room will remain there and exposed and we are going to expose the rest of it on the other side of the door. But we will also have modern appliances in our kitchen (no upper cabinets a more unfit look). The entire house will be a mishmash of very old and new.
Anyway, there is our plan and our house.