Finally! Something with character
DH and I have made an offer on this:
It's a very old barn that's been converted to living space, and it sits at the front of a very pretty 10 acres. This would be our weekend getaway, practice farm, investment property. We still haven't decided exactly what we'll do with the place, but think there's a few possibilities. The very first task will be a very thorough cleaning, and the removal/replacement of some yucky features.
The living space is actually two separate areas, with their own entrance and meters. It would have been more fun if it was all one space, but it is what it is. The upstairs has some gross drywall, gross carpet, and a number of other issues, but the downstairs...oh my. This was the photo that made me gasp and swoon, and declare to DH that I MUST HAVE THIS BARN.
The wood floors on the bottom apartment are the original barn floors.
The kitchens are small and have almost no storage or counter space. There is no closet, *at all* for the upstairs bedroom. There are 3 windows for the entire downstairs, and 4 for the upstairs, so lighting is an issue. The stairwell that leads upstairs has no balusters or railing of any kind on the "open" side. The whole place is just filthy dirty, and we've seen evidence of mice. The showers (no tubs) are new-ish fiberglass stalls.
The lower 3 barn stalls and tack room are still as they have always been, including the very cool, very old sliding doors and iron hardware, all surrounded by very old wood that doesn't look like it's been muddled with in the last 100 years. A number of the light fixtures are at least stylistically appropriate for the space.
I've always wanted to live in an interesting place. I grew up in a 1970's ranch, and that's what we live in now. How much fun will it be to finish and decorate a unique place that can be as weird and funky as you like, and still look right? To say that this place "needs work" is a bit of an uderstatement. I don't think I could live there 24/7, and I don't know if we'll end up doing major renovations someday. For now, we plan to clean and fix and finish it out in stages, just enough to make it a little nicer and lot more functional, so we can have a very cool place to hang out on the weekends.
Unfortunately, I don't have good photos of anything. The listing pictures are horrible, and we weren't able to take pictures at the second walk through. There are currently renters there, but I hope to get at least some better pics when we go for the inspection. We should here back tomorrow about our offer.
In the meantime, I am simultaneously giddy and charmed, and filled with dread that this may be a "pig in a poke" LOL!