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Then & Now: 2012 – 2016

February 7, 2016 | 9 Comments | Uncategorized
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Turns out that yesterday was the four-year anniversary of a huge and unexpected change in my life plans. Stumbling upon this property when and how I did–and then the fact that I was actually able to cut through the red tape and purchase it– that will go down as maybe the biggest lottery-wining moment in my life story.

I have a tradition of repeating my first victory lap (with champagne, obv) in early March every year, but since I just happened to realize it had been four years to the day of the first time I saw (and took pictures) of this property yesterday, I decided to snap some pics from the same places… then and now:

2012: The first time I ever saw this house. I think I snapped this right before I pulled out of the driveway, decided to call the number on the for-sale sign, and realized the house was up for auction that very day…

2016: Really, not much has changed from this perspective, other than those arborvitae(?) on the side of the house are getting huge. Well, and there’s a big pine tree missing, but it was out of frame in that first pic.
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2012: View of the barns (and just a little bit of the rubble pile off to the right…)

 

2016: A lot less rubble, a lot more fences, so many upgrades to the little barn, and, of course, all the animals…

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2012: The view from the back of the little barn…

2016: In this area things have actually gotten worse over the last four years. A just-barely started chicken run and a ton of weeds (but also some fun grasses my mom planted out there.) It’s on my list to clean this up this year.

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2012: This one, however?

2016: Way, way better.

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2012: And the big barn…


2016: Looks basically exactly the same from the outside (although 2017 will be the year for maintenance work on this beast.) It’s really the inside that’s become a treasure trove of tractors and old barn wood and all kinds of other fun things.

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(Other things that could probably use some serious organization sooner rather than later… maybe sometime this summer.)

I’m so glad I took a chance to check this place out (and then took a bigger chance actually trying to buy it) four years ago. It definitely has been an unexpected adventure.

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    Comments

  • Julia at Home on 129 Acres


    Congratulations, Kit. What a nice lookback and celebration of a truly life changing moment. Good for you for taking the moment to savour it.

  • Guerrina


    It’s been 4 years! Wow! You’re an amazing, talented woman, Kit. Tip my proverbial hat to you! Love following along on your journey.

  • Lucy


    I love the stone foundation on the little barn. All the barns are amazing really. You’ve done a ton of work on the property – it’s great to see your vision as the farm evolves.

  • Shantanu Sinha


    Hi
    Hard working lady :)
    Some great work carried by you. Loved all your designs.

    Hope you could come with some more great ideas.

    Great week ahead.

    Shantanu sinha

  • Anne


    Nice!

  • Amy


    Its so fun to see before and after pics!
    Do I remember correctly you saying that the big barn was getting a new roof? How are metal roofs supposed to be maintained?
    When you re-sided the small barn, any reason you went with siding instead of metal?
    We have a 30ish yr old barn we need to do a lot of work on this summer up near TC.

    • Kit


      Not a new roof, but it’s starting to rust so it needs a little patching and to be repainted. For the smaller barn I went with shingles for a few reasons: one of them is that it’s significantly cheaper and I was being forced to re-roof the barn by the bank at a point where I hadn’t budgeted for it. But also, the roof on that barn has a lot of sag and a metal roof wouldn’t install correctly on it at all. I’d have had to basically take the entire top off and re-do it structurally. That may happen in another 10-15 years, but not right now! Metal roofs are great for the investment if you’re going to do them right though. Best of luck with your barn!

  • W J


    http://jlmissouri.com/2013/10/02/the-new-pvc-chicken-tractor-row-crop-cultivator/

    Saw this and thought it was a great idea for getting the chickens to help with the chores every now and then.

  • Emma Smith


    It’s kinda funny to me that you bought this house four years ago. To me, it’s been just over a week, maybe two, because I’ve been binge-reading your blog like that. You’ve done SO MUCH, it’s incredible.

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