How The Craziness Started
There was actually a time in my life when I stated vehemently and unequivocally that I would never own a house. Since I’m living in my fourth (and hopefully last), I think we can safely assume whoever is holding the controls out there in the Universe has a sense of humor, and the joke is definitely on me.
The Garrison House
In 2004, when I was just getting used to being a twenty-something, I bought an adorable little house with a slate roof and arched doorway, and spent the next few years making the inside look as awesome as the outside. Some of that work can be seen under the Garrison House pictures on the Before & After page.
Suffice it to say, I haven’t stopped buying power tools tearing down walls since.
The Memorial House
After there was nothing left to paint, drywall, or tile at the Garrison house, I sold it and moved to a house in the country (with my then-boyfriend and current friend/personal engineering expert, MysteryMan) that needed just a little work. And by that I mean taking this:
And turning it into this:
While whipping the house into shape we spent eighteen months living in old gas station the property. That’s 365+ days in a 400 square foot living space with a cat that thinks he’s a dog, and an Engineer.
If anyone is wondering where my sanity went, it’s probably back in there somewhere.
The Liberty House
My plan, after moving out of Memorial and moving into a temporary farm house– which I rented solely for the purpose of pillaging the old junk filled barns on the property– was to buy some property and build a little 800 SF garage/loft combo on it (dubbed Hillside Cottage), then wait a few years and build my dream house next to it…
Instead, I had perhaps the craziest moment ever, drove by this 3000 sq ft 150 year old farm house in the middle of nowhere, decided I had to have it, and bought it on an online auction that night while sitting in a bar. Without ever having walked through it.
This is The Liberty House, and the current love of my life. She’s old, temperamental, gorgeous, and keeps me up to my eyeballs in projects. So basically, perfect.
Here’s where you can find out more about The Liberty House:
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