Monday, April 11, 2016

We Bought A Project

I suppose when most pick something back up that has laid dormant for a long time such as this poor blog, most would give an explanation as to why the dormancy took place. However, why go with the crowd?  Just pick it up and move on, right?  And that's what I'm going to attempt once again to do.

A few years back, a movie was out called "We Bought A Zoo".  Well, we didn't buy a zoo but definitely bought a project which I'm sure we've referred to as a zoo a time or two.  We've talked for a few years about downsizing to a smaller home.  Our current home is just under 2400 sq feet so not huge in today's standards but still more house than we need as empty nesters.  We rarely use the upstairs unless we have guests which isn't often so for the most part, we only live in 1000 sq. feet of it.   Our current home also sits on 1.5 acres of grass, all of which we mow and we are to the point that we don't want to spend our weekends doing yard work.

So we went on a hunt for something that would suit us well into retirement and our senior years.  One of our criteria was a rural setting or acreage.  We were made aware of a property, almost in the backyard of the church I work at and it was just under 9 acres.  
Cha-ching!  Acreage!  In conversation with the deceased owners daughter, we were made aware that this acreage also had a small ranch house and a few outbuildings and that it might be a bit of a fixer-upper which they wanted to sell "as is-contents included".  Ahem ....

Does the fact that we had to duck and crawl under the shrubs and trees to get to the door qualify as a fixer upper?  or just an overgrown mess?  or maybe, just maybe, both?

Those things alone should've been a deterrent but no, we forged ahead.  Yeah, we're crazy like that.

Once we took a look at the lay of the ground and the setting it won us over.  
(disregard the outbuildings in the picture - they are a post all on their own)

The pine tree lined lane had me at "hello". 

How bad could the house really be?  Stay tuned and you'll see what's kept us busy these last few months.