Many times the blog has nothing to do with restoration, it’s just our daily journal and it never ceases to amaze us the number of people who keep reading that journal! And we appreciate each and every one of you!
This blog has to do with restoration–we’ve gone from this:
To this gorgeous home restored to this point by the two of us in fifteen months. We did hire Sergio and his crew to stucco the outside but the remainder of the work has been done by the Cowboy and me. Sergio and his guys finished Friday morning and left us both over joyed with the finished product. We planted the citrus trees–you can barely see them in the photo.
When purchased the houses had no garage and we added a garage. There were two houses joined only by a roof which had seen better days. I can still see in my mind that nasty entryway into the “guest” house and gag! Now the two houses are joined by a hallway. The eaves of the houses were rotting and the roofs leaked which in turn ruined the inside of both houses.
Garage being built. Parapets being added to the guest house roof.
This nasty room is in the main house and now looks like this–
When finished this will be our dining room.
That nasty entryway to the guest house which is all enclosed now.
The guest house had a kitchen–cabinets, sinks, appliances. It was just a little strangely arranged and we went to work removing this cabinet which sat in the middle of the kitchen.
Now the kitchen looks like this–new floors, different appliances, clean!
We’ve made so many changes to both houses, we joke that there isn’t a wall in either house we haven’t moved!
This is an actual photo taken from the realtor website when we bought this property–were we crazy–and why would a realtor trying to sell something use this photo??? This photo is of the small guest bedroom and living room of the guest house. It now looks like this–
At times we get tired and discouraged about how much we still have to do. But, we then remind ourselves of how far we’ve come in 15 months of work!
The Cowboy has been doing some concrete work– Why there was a low spot in the concrete we have no idea–there was a closet where this new concrete has been poured. We put up this beam in late spring, 2018, right before we went back to Montana for the summer. The Cowboy decided to mortar in the gaps around the beam.
We took a break today, going for a drive up Turkey Creek but I will leave those photos for another day. I am off to Phoenix Sunday leaving the Cowboy and Emmi to fend for themselves.