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    1890 Farm House and Barn Renovation


    In September we bought an 1890 farm house with a nice barn and a few acres. It was quite overgrown and hadn't been lived in (by humans) in many years.


    There really is a house in there but over a few decades the bushes had become trees and you couldn't even use the front steps anymore.


    So I started by clearing away the overgrowth so the house could be seen. Then I replaced the furnace, water heater, windows and plumbing. We got lucky because the wiring was upgraded in the late 70's (though it still only had a 100amp service)


    But the real reason why I bought it was for the barn.
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    Very nice. Bet that will keep you busy for a while.
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    Chris, (no, the other Chris).
    Nice place.
    I'll bet that house is as solid as the time it was built. They don't build them like that anymore.
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    We moved in in January. I don't recommend that month in Idaho. Snow is a bugger to move in.


    Inside of the barn was rough and covered in bird poop.
    Look at the staircase on the left. Why would anybody end the stairs into a wall???


    Walls were straightened and concrete poured.


    I also took care of that goofy staircase by adding a landing and turning it so it could be used to carry stuff up to the loft above.


    Pressure washer did a great job on the bird poo but I think I ended up with an awful lot on me.


    Bought the 1025r FILB end of February.
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    Lighting and wiring in the barn were less than desirable.


    The loft above the barn was in desperate need of upgraded lighting so I took care of that next. Now I have quite a bit of storage space that doesn't use up my shop space.


    Graded out the area in front of the barn so my Dear Wife can have "The Park" she wants for grandkids.


    Planted a few trees I received from a friend with a tree spade.
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    The North side of the house is where we have decided to build the addition. This is what it looked like on this side before removing the "bushes".


    And now after the excavator pulled out those bushes. I had to pull siding so we could establish floor height of the existing building to match to the addition.

    Excavation was completed today and I hope to get footings poured by Wednesday.


    Well, we had a bit of rain after the hole was dug. This was about 30 mins. of rain.
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    Wow! Congrats on the property! Gotta say that I kinda like the barn myself.

    How are you finding the old wood framing for working with? I had an old (1870s) place when I lived up in Maine. The old oak 2x4 framing had dried out so much that driving nails was like pounding them into steel.

    Looks like you've got lots to do. Looking forward to more in-progress pics!
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    Quote Originally Posted by flyweight View Post
    Chris, (no, the other Chris).
    Nice place.
    I'll bet that house is as solid as the time it was built. They don't build them like that anymore.
    Foundation of the original house is stone and mortar. The only wall that showed any appreciable settling was the one supporting the old chimney.
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    Looks like a nice place. I hope you keep documenting your progress.
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    The good times.
    Does the barn have it's own electric service or is it fed from the house?
    Thanks for sharing Chris.
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