Friday, June 6, 2014

Flashback Friday…….


I thought it would be fun to

share a few photos of the outside of our home

and how it has looked over the years.

The first picture was taken in the early 1900’s.

The steeple had been taken down and a new metal roof had been installed.

The inside of the schoolhouse had been converted into a private residence

and was now a farmhouse.


We believe this picture was taken in the 1930’s.

We know the well was capped during this time because the

date is on the well next to the pump.


The next couple of pictures were taken in

1984 before the house went under renovation to be converted into a B&B.



This is how the house looked when we bought it in 2003.

It had started to fall into disrepair again, there was ivy growing on the

inside of the house upstairs and the plaster was cracking badly.

The back wall of the house was bulging and needed to be rebuilt along

with a very long list of other issues.

stonehouse front before

The house today……

Craft1 frnt exterior

Over the years we have given

up vacations and a lot of other luxuries

so we could save this house.

In the end I wouldn’t trade it for anything though!

Have a great weekend my friends!

a la’ prochaine!



Lin from A {tiny} Cottage In The Woods said...

Love seeing your home and hearing it's story, Des.

We built our cottage ourselves, but believe restoring a home is a great deal more work. Congratulations on saving this home and turning it into such a beauty!


Traci said...

Wow! How interesting to be able to look back at the house's history. I love seeing the transformation!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

WOW, Des, I am so glad you showed the older photos and what it looked like when you bought it. My husband would have said no way! What y'all have done is amazing and oh how I would love an older home, but hubby says no way.

Gee Singh Newbanks said...

Wow!! Luv the walk down memory lane Des. How interesting to have have the history.
Hugs, Gee

Mari said...

Wow Des great history to your home, I love all the improvements you have done to your home, it's totally worth your sacrifice it's a gorgeous house now! Love the old water pump ;-)

Have a great weekend~

AntiqueChase said...

great post Des! Nice photos with the story!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

It is amazing to see all the changes. It looks fabulous now.

Cynthia said...

This was neat to see how the home started out and the transformation you have give this gem. Ivy growing in house, can't even imagine that, I can't even get ivy to grow anywhere I try, LOL.


Anonymous said...

I love your house, Des. It is always a joy to see what you have done with it.

Judy said...

how wonderful that you have taken this treasure and made it into such a stunning home...i've always wanted to do something like this but at this stage of life, it will never happen.

thank you for sharing des!

Pamela said...

Des I so love that you and your hubby saved your home and gave it a new life! I always enjoy stopping by for a visit. It is truly dreamy and I am sure even more so in real life.

Red Rose Alley said...

That is amazing, Deserae. What a transformation from the first time the house was built. It looked charming when you first bought it, but it is so beautiful now, and the front yard is nice and groomed. You and your husband have done so much work on it, and it has really paid've made this house into a home sweet home.


Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

I don't believe I've ever seen pics of the outside of your house. I love that you have those old photos. Your house really has a great history to it and it's proof that some houses just need a little love to spring back to life. :) Y'all have done a wonderful job and should be very proud! It's beautiful!

Junkchiccottage said...

I love that you Re Loved this beautiful old home and gave it life again. It is just gorgeous. What a wonderful piece of history to live in and love.
Just beautiful.
Have a great week end.

Kelly said...

That's amazing! Y'all have done a great job transforming the schoolhouse into a beautiful home. I never knew it was in such bad shape at one time. I can tell lots of sweat equity was put in your home.

Joni Webb said...

I have long loved the exterior of your beautiful home. It reminds me of a french farmhouse.

Mary Ann at classic•casual•home said...

It looks loved and happy...beautiful home.

Anne's Attic - Design said...

I am so impressed with your beautiful old home it is amazing.I'm sure that you put in a lot of loving hours into your home. It becomes a gift of love and only someone who loves interior design,gardening,and the love of antiques would understand. Pat yourself on the back for Anne's Attic - Design