We have done extensive grading and clean up of the land including the burning of two derelict barns on the property by the Lewisville Fire Department. We saved a concrete pad behind the house and hope to create a nice picnic area over looking the pastures and pond. There is still a ton more clean up, fence mending and barn repairs to do but that will have to wait until after we get into the house.
One of the biggest decisions we had to make was how much of the history of the house to expose. As with any older home it has been pieced together over the years and has many layers of different building materials. We have exposed the original log cabin walls in the master as well as the guest bathroom. We took two layers of sheet rock off the downstairs ceilings and raised the upstairs ceilings. The master had an old fireplace that was behind sheet rock so we opened it up. In the foyer we exposed some of the bead board walls and original wood work. At this point we feel good about what has been exposed and think it will provide a unique look into the history of the house. The crews for Lisha Construction have completed all the electrical, HVAC and plumbing work as well as passed those inspections. We also replaced all the windows and added a set of windows over the sink overlooking the back of the property and pond. The sheet rock has been delivered and the crew will start this week on getting it up.
We have enlisted Providence Millwork to make custom kitchen cabinets and a master bathroom vanity for us. They came out last week and took a bunch of the reclaimed lumber from the farm to create a unique one of a kind look. I am also excited to see how the fireplace mantle comes out that they are making from some hand hewn beams we found on the property. We are in the final stages of selecting all our light fixtures, sinks, bath hardware and countertops. Lots of decisions still to make including which of the 15+ doors we found at the farm to use in the house as well all of the finishing touches and designs. Hopefully we can give updates a little more often in the coming months.