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Monday, October 7, 2013

If The Walls Of This Old House Could Tell A Story…The Saddest Chapter Is About To End.

Have you ever gone for a drive and focused your attention to the old homes in your area?   Some of them are so grand…and others humble.  Some, when you look at them, almost scream with happiness and pride, and others look sad and forlorn.  If these houses could tell a story, I bet every one of them would have a sad chapter or two within. 
My Cowboy owns a property about an hour from where we live in a TINY little village called Minburn Alberta.  The population of Minburn is at best 75 people.   This property is where he and his 6 brothers and 1 sister grew up.   The old place holds a LOT of memories for my Cowboy, and it has a very special place in his heart. 
About 15 years ago, my Cowboy’s mom decided that she had lived there long enough and moved to a little larger community in Northern Alberta.   It was at that time, that my Cowboy, (the youngest child of the family) decided to purchase this place from his mom.  He had a plan that he would fix it up slowly, and use it as a weekend project place.
Life is hectic…work, kids, rodeos and life made time of the essence and the empty house stood alone for the better part of those 15 long years…and those lonely years took a toll on the place.  Members of the family occasionally would stop by the place to drop off unwanted items…and eventually it started to look a little dumpy.
Last year, when my Cowboy and I started dating, he took me to his old stomping grounds.   I noticed how sad he seemed when he looked at the place…he even mentioned knocking her down, and either leaving the enormous lot empty, or putting some sort of mobile home on it.   Now, if you know me, you know how much I LOVE a challenge…and if it involves junkin’ of any kind…I’M ALL IN!   This old lady does not deserve to be knocked down…she needs to be Tootsified!   It took a little talking, and encouraging, but that is just what is happening! 
I would like to now introduce you to the Cowboy and  Tootsie’s BIGGEST junkin’ project EVER!…and my Cowboy’s childhood home:
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This house 108 years old!   She is sound, and pretty much solid as a rock.  The roof doesn’t even leak…(this surprised me as it needs to be re-shingled in the worst way!)  
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There is no way my Cowboy should knock down this old lady…She is just way too pretty to send to the dump.  
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I adore the little balcony on the upper level…I NEED to stand out here and enjoy the view!
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I have a plan…and it’s a big one…that will take a lot of elbow grease and determination…but I do have a plan…and I am absolutely going to see this old house brought back to a beautiful state!   I can’t wait to see my Cowboy smile when he comes here…I hate that sad look he gets in his eyes.
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The original house is all covered in ceramic tile shingles…there is a nasty addition on the back there…which will eventually have to go…but can stay for now.   It will become our workshop as we tackle the HUGE undertaking of  fixing up the inside of this house!
We started in the summer of 2012.   We worked on the yard all summer long.  
The following photos are what we started out with AFTER we mowed down the tall grass. 
Cowboy had been paying someone to mow the lawn there…but that person did not take much pride in the job, and slowly the place got over grown and awful!   It took us a long time to get that enormous lot mowed properly!
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This is just a portion of the yard…the west side of the yard. 
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There is the the east half!  That old skinning shack will be burned this winter. 
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This is the back portion right close to the house…
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The trees are everywhere…there are some very pretty private areas in this yard…
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I am in heaven in such a place…the possibilities are endless …my imagination is getting a great work out!
We worked about 6 days each month last summer getting all the scrap cleaned out of the yard…and thinning some of the Caragana bushes and overgrown Poplar trees thinned out, dead branches pulled, and the tall grasses pushed back to the property line.  
The whole family got involved…me, kids and cowboy…we all worked our little fingers to the bone…but ended up with a beautiful yard to enjoy our visits in…
It looks SO much better now:
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I have some flowers in mind for this place…
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I have a lot of plans for the whole yard…I just need the time to do it!  lol
When the winter came, I took the opportunity to chat up that Cowboy about the potential inside this old house!   All my chatter and encouragement worked.   I had a bunch of ideas on file, and showed him lots of them…I also kept some to surprise him with when he goes away to work and I am on my own in the project!   I really wanted my Cowboy to restore this old lady. 
To my absolute delight, when spring arrived this year, we got busy and started to work on this place.  We decided to start to work on the inside of the 108 year old house first, and then tackle the outside next year.   If we fix up the inside a little bit, we can spend the night here and not have to drive the 60 minutes home after a long day.  It is finally time to take this old lady from her sad sad look…to something much more inviting…something comfortable, and happy.
Come along with us, as we dive right in and start one of the biggest junkin’ adventures I have ever been on.   We are re-purposing, and salvaging, and creating in every room of this old house.   It is going to be a most enjoyable journey…and I can’t hardly wait to share each time we get a little more done!
Stay tuned for some absolutely scary interior photos of the old lady before the Cowboy and I got our grubby little hands on her!   She is going to end this most saddest chapter of her life, starting NOW.
Until Next Time…Happy Junkin’!
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33 comments:

Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

What wonderful news! I hate to see old houses torn down. So glad you have a plan for it, can't wait to see what you're going to do.
Have a great week,
Gina

Rob Hunt said...

What a cool house way to go it is so going to be worth it!!! Looking forward to the transformation...

Alberta said...

I now have a better understanding why your body has been aching so much of late. This is an enormous project but so worth while. Wishing you much success and happiness with the biggest Tootsie-ficatiion to date.

Looking forward to updates on the ole gal!

Alberta said...

I now have a better understanding why your body has been aching so much of late. This is an enormous project but so worth while. Wishing you much success and happiness with the biggest Tootsie-ficatiion to date.

Looking forward to updates on the ole gal!

Alberta said...

I now have a better understanding why your body has been aching so much of late. This is an enormous project but so worth while. Wishing you much success and happiness with the biggest Tootsie-ficatiion to date.

Looking forward to updates on the ole gal!

imjacobsmom said...

What a wonderful old place, my Jacob would be so jealous. He would love to tackle that project right along with you. I can't wait to see your pix and follow along with this project. ~ R.

Sandy Stafford said...

You have a fun project in the making. I can't wait to see what you do. I love old houses!
Sandy

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

What a lovely old family place. I love it and it definitely did not need to be torn down. TLC restores lots of things in life and this home will be one of them. The property is wonderful.

I can hardly wait to see the inside before, during and after.

You are inspiring me once again dear Tootsie. Have fun.

Love and hugs ~ FlowerLady

Deb said...

Will love to see your progress!!

Annie Haven said...

What an adventure you will have this grand dam looking fabulous it will be great to see her shine once again!

Annie Haven said...

What a wonderful old home you are going to make this grand dam shine once again. What a wonderful adventure for all of you Enjoy!

Chris Blakeney said...


I can hardly wait to watch your next project to develop. You truly are Wonder Woman.

Hugs, Chris

Joanna said...

I can't wait to see the progress you make. She's a diamond in the rough.

Pamela Gordon said...

This old house sure has lots of character and potential and I'm so glad you are both taking it on and fixing her up. I'll look forward to seeing your posts as you work away at it. It's a daunting task but will be worth it! Pamela

Country Gal said...

Awesome news ! I hate to see these old homes and properties go to waste ! I can see a lot of potential in her already . Looking forward to the long but well worth transformation . Thanks for sharing ! Have a great week !

onlymehere said...

This is going to be fabulous when you get done with it. I like the bones of this house and can just see her back in her glory. I'm excited to see the journey come along!

Carol said...

I am looking forward to it! She a grand old gal and can be lovely again! Have fun!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

This is everyones dream project!!! Oh this is going to be so fun, I don't want to miss a post! What gorgeous land, I can't wait to see the inside1

Carol

SILVIA said...

This is a lovely home, and the land is gorgeous! Keep us posted..:-)

Nell at njschout said...

What a fun project! Can't wait to see the inside!

Betty said...

I am amazed she still has her wood shakes on the roof. The front porch and balcony are awesome. I am glad she is going to be saved.

Dawn@ We Call It Junkin.com said...

I'm so glad you're saving it - it's too beautiful! I really enjoyed seeing it and reading this. One word of caution - those tiles on the siding might be asbestos, you might want to have that checked and be cautious if you remove them. I'd love for you to link this to my We Call It Olde party, it would fit right in. Tuesdays at We Call It Junkin.com Good luck with it - Dawn

Debby Ray said...

Wow...what an adventure you are about to start! I just love old houses, especially ones that have such sentimental memories attached! This place will be such a lovely show place!

Jeannie and Linda said...

How exciting! I am so glad he decided, with your encouragement, to fix up his childhood home. How many memories he must have there. Please show us your progress as you go along. Can't wait to see!

Blessings,
Linda at The French Hens Nest

Art and Sand said...

What a great project to take on. It will be amazing when you are finished.

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Oh, what a cliffhanger! I wanted to see a little of the inside now!! I can wait, I guess :) How exciting to have such a project...

Michele Reynolds said...

Love your cowboy house! New follow for your page. Can't wait to see your updates. I posted Boo-ti-ful Ikea this week. Swing by:)

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

Oh my goodness...how we can't wait to see the progress! Every time we see a house like this we wish people would bring the house back to life...so we are really tickled for ya!
Karla & Karrie

Dawn@ We Call It Junkin.com said...

I just popped back over to thank you for joining the We Call It Olde party, hope you come back again any Tuesday you have a vintage/antiques/history post to share! -Dawn @ We Call It Junkin.com

Michelle said...

I followed your link from We Call it Olde and now I'm following your blog to see what you do with that old beauty. I can't get over that entry way!

Tina C said...

Oh what a beautiful house. I too hate to see older homes tore down. Can't wait to see what you do to her.

siteseer said...

:) I started with the third of these posts :) What fun you are going to have!! I'm really looking forward to seeing what you do with all of these hopes and dreams. One of my many nieces is waiting to close on an old farm house that she plans on making into a working farm. She sounds just as excited as you do. You are so lucky to have such hopes and dreams :)

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

She has beautiful bones, I am so excited to watch you transform her!
Blessings,
Cindy