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radon 06-20-2008 11:00 AM

Farmhouse Rehab
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Below are some before/during pictures of my farmhouse rehab project. This is my first house and my first project. The house has an interesting history... the short version: it was moved to it's current foundation from the center of town in the 1930s. It had water damage from burst pipes, termite/ant damage, and some terrible afterthought framing. Generally good structure though. I kept and re-routed the one-pipe steam heat. I lifted and supported a previously-unsupported 19' span in the basement. Then I repaired/replaced rotten/eaten studs, sill & top plates, and whole walls, moved walls to where I want them, replaced all drain and supply plumbing, replaced all wiring and fixtures, and just a ton more work I couldn't possibly list here. All DIY. The only things I've contracted are the insulation (Icynene) and drywall. Thanks to everyone on this forum for help and providing a great database of experience for DIYers! Have a look! I love to talk about this project, so fire off all your questions and comments!!

Handyman Jim Noonan 06-20-2008 03:57 PM

Looks like all of your hard work was well worth the effort. You said that the house was moved in the 1930's; when was it originally built?

AtlanticWBConst. 06-20-2008 06:23 PM

Very nice house. Coming along great!

radon 06-23-2008 12:52 PM



You said that the house was moved in the 1930's; when was it originally built?
I haven't found time to figure out when it was originally built yet. A trip to the local historical society should tell me that and lots more - it was a fairly prominent building in the center of town in the 1800s. It was best known as a general store with a name well-known in my town, but it was also the post office for a while (meaning it was the home of the serving postmaster).

pwhoolboom 06-23-2008 02:51 PM

That is an awesome house!

JohnDIY 07-10-2008 08:17 AM

Nice house. Would love to know how they moved it!

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