We finally did it! We moved from the city to a tiny town, called Bellville, in south central Texas back in August, 2015. At the time, I homeschooled our 15 year-old daughter and cared for our granddaughter. We were extremely excited for our opportunity to have a fresh start. We toured the local high school, and were pleasantly surprised to say the least. It was like stepping back in time, with kids saying “yes ma’am” and “yes sir,” small class sizes, and incredibly enough, the Principal knew all of the kids. After the tour, we gave Megan the option to go to Bellville High School or to continue Homeschooling. She chose High School. God led us out here for a reason, and I think it was because it was what our family desperately needed. Slower pace, less people and a sense of community. Of course, finding a sweet farmhouse with enough land to house our chickens and no HOA was icing on the cake!
I decided after beginning our renovations that we should document our new journey. Thus, the idea to start a blog for our friends and family to keep up with us came to fruition. So just to be transparent, these initial posts are to record our first two years in the house. We will be sharing all of our DIY renovations, what we learned, the mistakes we have made as new DIY’ers, and hopefully making a few new friends! Let’s get started!
Our little farmhouse was built in 1948, although our neighbor, Mr. Harold, who was 92 years young at the time, said that he distinctly remembered it being built in 1939. Either way, this house is OLD! Our little house is known as the “Kennison House”. The Kennison’s are the family who built the house and lived here for most of it’s existence. It looks small from the outside, but it actually feels pretty large inside.
Here are some photos from the listing site before we actually bought the house.
The paint color is a moss green with black shutters and a reddish-orange front door. If you look close, you can see the siding is actually asbestos slate tiles. Not a fan of these at all. It seems most houses out here from this time period are covered in them. The roof is also asbestos slate shingles. We are going to do our best to deal with these little boogers as money permits! We are doing most of the renovations on this house ourselves. So we will be sharing our mishaps and successes here. Here’s a look at the back of the house below.
There is an enclosed breezeway and an add-on room with full bath and laundry area. The little window at the top is the attic, which also has the framework and drywall up for a little room. It’s a mess and needs a lot of work! That’s the fun though, right?
There is also a greenhouse, old barn, covered stable type area, chicken coop and shed on the back side of the property. It all backs up to the property line, so we can’t see any of the neighbors behind us. You will also notice there are tons of trees. Unfortunately, five of them are dead, like rotting and huge limbs falling off dead. We didn’t know this when we bought the house, because it was fall and we thought they had just lost their leaves. How did we figure out they were dead? It is a terrible tale that actually ended up being a blessing in disguise. But I digress. This is the workshop/shed.
The red barn is probably over 100 years old.
So that’s it, our “new” old farmhouse. I hope you enjoyed reading about our little farmhouse and will come back to see the “before” photos of the inside in my next post.