Saturday, September 12, 2015

Old House

Hello, Dear Ones. We were riding around the other Saturday and saw an open house sign. You didn't have to say another word!
 What do you think? Woo hoo!!
 It was old and by the looks of it, neglected.
 Our daughter and grandchildren were with us and Carter, above, couldn't wait to explore! This house was built in the 1920s and had so much charm but it was sad. It needed lots of love. Look at the big stones and the shutters on each side of the front door.
The old porch light.
The shutters looked like they were 'working' shutters and the little acorn cut out was great since there were so many big oak trees out front.
 This was one of the double doors that closed off the dining room. By this snap it looks like the house was in good shape but believe me, it wasn't. There were huge holes in the ceilings, paint was peeling off the walls and you wouldn't believe the bathrooms. The faucets on one of the tub had pliers attached so you could turn on the water! The kitchen was tiny and didn't even look like it belonged to the house.
 Bad snap here, but the windows were so charming - look at the leaded glass. They all opened out. There was a screened in porch behind the living room, seven bedrooms and a little place on the third floor with tiny little windows looking out over the back yard. After we toured the house we walked out the back yard.
 This is the back side of the house. The screened in porch is on the left. The door that is open goes into the kitchen. Those four little windows at the roof line is the little area I told you about.
 There was a two car detached garage with flowers that had seen better days. Then I turned around and this is what I saw...
 The backyard looks out over this beautiful lake. See all of the lily pads? There was a little rock wall about two feet high, breaking apart and in bad shape. But this view.
Needless to say we had a great time touring this old house. Now we pretended we had all the money in the world and decided how we would fix her up. We moved in, tore down walls, redid the kitchen and added vintage appliances that worked, planted fresh flowers and I decided, since this old house was on an acre and a half, that I would have a circle driveway built in the front of the house and put a big tall fountain in the middle surrounded with flowers. We'd redo the garage and have a walkway that led to the kitchen. We'd have to rebuild the rockwall over looking the lake, it was like the one above you see. We didn't know how we'd keep the grandbabies from climbing all over it and falling down the drop off! Chicken wire I guess! :) This was a lot of fun and sharing with my little ones even made it more special. Carter would point to areas and start telling me all about it. Then, little Campie, would do the same thing, jabber jabber jabber. He was so proud of himself. 

So, do you like to tour open houses? You can always go into the newly built ones that look so perfect but there is something about these grand old ones that makes your heart putter. I just hope someone with lots of money in their pocket buys her and puts the time into making her 'grand' again.

Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Our House

 I'll light the fire
You put the flowers in the vase
That you bought today

Staring at the fire
For hours and hours
While I listen to you
Play your love songs
All night long for me
Only for me

Come to me now
And rest your head for just five minutes
Everything is good
Such a cosy room
The windows are illuminated
By the sunshine through them
Fiery gems for you
Only for you

Our house is a very, very fine house
With two cats in the yard
Life used to be so hard
Now everything is easy
'Cause of you
And our la,la,la, la,la, la, la, la, la, la, la.....

Our house is a very, very fine house
With two cats in the yard
Life used to be so hard
Now everything is easy
'Cause of you
And Our

I'll light the fire
And you place the flowers in the vase
That you bought today 
~ sung by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young


  1. Oh my!!!! Would i love to get hold of that house!!! And restore her and jazz her up!!! Alot of potential there! Wouldn't that be fun???!!! Lovely home!

  2. We no longer have the energy to take on such a project, but it is fun to imagine how special this house could be once again. I hope it is restored. The lake view is truly special.

  3. What a grand old house - I love homes like that. I bet in it's time it was stunning. To bad that it wasn't kept up. Maybe someone will buy it and fix it up. Know that Carter had a great time exploring all the nooks and cranny's.
    Thank so much for sharing this post with us.

  4. It looks like a storybook house! Wouldn't it be great to fix it up?

  5. Love, love, love that song!!! Perfect for this post. I agree, a storybook house! Kathleen in Az

  6. This house wants love and TLC. What a gorgeous location.

  7. What a beautiful older home...hope someone young with a growing family falls in love and restores it. The lake view is a wonderful bonus.
    Have a great week, Shelia.

  8. The windows and double doors with leaded glass are gorgeous features you'd never see in a new build. I hope somebody saves her, too. And I agree- that view!! Thanks for taking us along on the tour, Shelia!

  9. This home has charm oozing from the cracks and holes .. I would love to get my hands on it! What a transformation there could be ~~ with gobs of dollars! Thanks for sharing.

  10. I sure hope someone comes along to give that old house some love. Empty houses seem sad! It needs a family to love it!

  11. That can someday be a gorgeous house again Shelia. I hope someone with the money to do so, will buy it and give it a much needed facelift. Perhaps a lot of money can be used to tear it down and build a lovely new home on the site? It's sad to see this house looking so run down. She needs help soon. Have a great Sunday.

  12. This house is a gem...I hope it get some love soon. I spot homes all over our neighborhood for sale and I dream of moving, just to something different, in another neighborhood and not as problem ridden as our home is. ;-)

    Sometimes it's best just not to look!

    Jane x

  13. I love going through homes, I used to be a Realtor, and that was one of the things I loved the most. So many homes I would have bought in a minute had I the money. I loved to imagine the people that lived there, especially the older ones who had a history. There was only one house I did an open house for that was really eerie. The home was right out of the 70's, and it looked like the owner just left for a day and never came back. There was open tooth paste and tooth brush on the sink, clothes laid out on the bed that needless to say had gone out of style, some dishes in the sink. This home was vacant for a very very long time. I had my husband go with me for the second open house I did there, it just gave us both the most creepy feeling!

  14. What a beautiful house it will be when someone takes it on and renovates it. Sadly not you so we will not get to see the end result, but it will be fabulous I am sure!! xx

  15. I hope someone will purchase this beautiful house and refurbish it.

  16. I love touring older homes and visualizing the changes I'd make to bring it back , so it could be proud of itself again...

  17. I love old homes and this one could be a beauty with some $$ spent on it, but the view...priceless! How fun to tour this with the grands.

  18. Sheila, could you post the address or city and state so we could look this listing up on ? A great website for looking up old houses for sale is

  19. Hi Shelia, such fun to tour the old and beautiful home. Like you said, with the money, it could be brought back to it's glory. Loved your pics. Have a blessed Sunday. Hugs, cm

  20. I haven't been to an open house in ages. It's so sad that this once beautiful home was in such sad shape!

  21. What a beauty...a true diamond in the rough! I love old houses. It is sad to hear that it was in such bad shape though.

  22. Shelia,
    What fun!!!
    Especially sharing this adventure with your daughter and Grands!!!
    I could see the potential, too, dear friend!!!

  23. Wow that looks like it could be really pretty when fixed up. The property is just beautiful and so is the yard overlooking the water! I hope you had a nice weekend.
    Wishing you a nice Monday.
    Julie xo

  24. I hope you go back in a couple of years and someone has fixed it up so well you aren't sure if it's the same house. Love to see old homes restored! The lake view is nice too.

  25. What a beautiful home Shelia!! Now it's needs to find someone to give it a little TLC!

  26. I have never toured an older house at an Open House! That would be fun! This one looks like it could be so grand with ALOT of TLC!!!

  27. I enjoyed going on a tour of this beautiful home with you! It sure does need a lot of attention and love, but the details and character are gorgeous! Maybe if it finds new owners, they'll let you visit and see how they have preserved it! :) That would be wonderful to see it restored to it's grandeur! ~Have a great week! Rhonda

  28. Oh Sheila, I love that house! Full of English charm and I can see so much potential there! I'd take it in an instant! I love driving around looking at houses. My hubby and I used to do that when we first got married, dreaming of owning our own home someday.

  29. What a shame that the house is in such bad shape. You can tell it could be a beautiful home.

  30. I would love to have the money to fix that house up. I love old houses!

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