The Mrs. and I just returned from the farm. A great mowing session yesterday after helping the BIL rebuild his deck. My Mrs. also met with the contractor who will begin the remodel of the house next Monday.
The house was built in the late 1970's as the retirement home of my late in-laws on land that my late FIL began acquiring in the late 1930's after high school and before WW2 . The lower level was blasted/dug into a hillside, was blocked on three sides above a concrete slab, then a frame home built above. Building it into the hill gives any with great imagination the illusion of a geothermal effect; the reality, however, has been much different, as the blocks were never properly sealed and we've battled moisture issuesthroughout the years.
After my wife and I purchased the home and some land from the estate three years ago, we've debated ways to modify it to make it our home. This will allow us to vacate the concrete jungle and experience full time country living. First up will be to install a sliding door in the lower level that will give us a second egress point, as we sleep in the lower level. Next, we'll remove a gigantic block/brick fireplace to give us more usable living room space without expanding the walls. Third, we'll better seal the block along the west side to keep the water outside; and fourth, we'll upgrade the breaker box with a view of further add-ons. Once this phase is complete, we'll sell out in the city and will relocate.
Down the road, we'll build a better garage/barn closer to the house.
Many photos will follow, and I'll update my profile when we're further along.