Firsts

I’ll cut right to the chase — here are the long-promised “before” photos of the cottage!  Mike took these when he saw the house for the first time a couple of weeks before the auction. Check the details on each photo, and come back next week for the first round of changes…

The lovely sunroom -- it, and the fireplace, were the things that sold me on the house.  Will they still be here in the end? You'll have to follow the blog to see...;-)!
The lovely sunroom — it, and the fireplace, were the things that sold me on the house. Will they still be here in the end? You’ll have to follow the blog to see…;-)!
This is the den/living room with a partial view of the front side of the fireplace. It has a fieldstone facing and hearth; the back side was made from three early-1800's-vintage chimneys.
This is the den/living room with a partial view of the front side of the fireplace. It has a fieldstone facing and hearth that were hand-hewn by the previous owner’s grandfather; the back side was made from three early-1800’s-vintage chimneys that belonged to the same owner’s family. The family were early settlers in the Cripple Creek community, likely around 1800.
The realtor's photo of the fireplace -- it made me swoon.
The realtor’s photo of the fireplace — it made me swoon.

Looks okay so far, right?  Well, all that’s about to change, lol.

The front (master) bedroom; if you're looking at the cottage from the street it's on the right front side.
The front (master) bedroom; if you’re looking at the cottage from the street it’s on the right front side.
Master bedroom closet and door to the hall and master bath.
Master bedroom closet and door to the hall and master bath.
The master bathroom -- toile and stripes; pretty busy for such a tiny space!
The master bathroom — toile and stripes; pretty busy for such a small space!

Bathroom closet; this is where it starts to get baaaad.  All the closets were gross!  Obvious afterthoughts and poorly constructed.

Bathroom closet; this is where it starts to get baaaad. All the closets were gross! Obvious afterthoughts and poorly constructed.
This is the only hallway in the house; it’s so narrow that my brother was claustrophobic when he was in it between me and his kids. It connects the den with the kitchen, and there are a bathroom and two bedrooms that are accessed from it. That cord is for the pull-down staircase to the attic.
View from the second front bedroom -- roughly in the center of the house -- out to the hallway.
View from the second front bedroom — roughly in the center of the house — out to the hallway.
Front of the yellow (second) bedroom.
Front of the yellow (second) bedroom. Note the icky carpet — ewww ewww ewww!

The guest bathroom -- a very loose term; I wouldn't subject an unsuspecting guest to this *shudders*.

The guest bathroom — a very loose term; I wouldn’t subject an unsuspecting guest to this *shudders*.

Another view of the guest bathroom.

Another view of the guest bathroom.
Entry to the third (tiny!) bedroom; it's beside the hall bath.
Entry to the third (tiny!) bedroom; it’s beside the hall bath.
Bedroom three, complete with its 7' ceiling.  I'm short, and I could touch the ceiling standing flat-footed!  That's my gorgeous crewelwork find in the window.  this little room opens onto the sunroom; the needlework gave the room some privacy.
Bedroom three, complete with its 7′ ceiling. I’m short, and I could touch the ceiling standing flat-footed! That’s my gorgeous crewelwork find in the window. This little room is adjacent to the sunroom; the needlework gave it some privacy.
Another sad little closet :-(.
Another sad closet :-(.
The kitchen, on the back side of the house -- the left side if you're looking at it from the front porch. Not too bad, right?  Well, you haven't see it all yet...
The kitchen, on the back side of the house — the left side if you’re looking at it from the front porch. Not too bad, right? Well, you haven’t see it all yet…
The back wall, resplendent in purple! Matte and gloss paint stripes; the paint was on top of -- are you ready for this -- wallpaper.
The back wall, resplendent in purple! Matte and gloss paint stripes; the paint was on top of — are you ready for this — wallpaper!?!
Another shot of the dark little kitchen -- one tiny short (broken) window, and tiny is the word -- I like to cook (bake, mostly), and I can't imagine doing it in this eensy weensy space.
Another shot of the dark little kitchen — one tiny short (broken and duct taped) window. Tiny is the word of the day for this kitchen — I like to cook (bake, mostly), and I can’t imagine doing it in this eensy weensy space.
View from the kitchen into the -- dining room?  That's what the previous owner used it for, but that door you see is the front door.  No entryway, straight into the -- dining room.  Weird!
View from the kitchen into the — dining room? That’s what the previous owner used it for, but that door you see is the front door. You can even see the front porch swing through the window. No entryway, straight into the — dining room. Weird!
Side (west) wall of the living room.  Note the circuit breaker box cleverly wallpapered to blend in...
Side (west) wall of the living room. Note the circuit breaker box cleverly wallpapered to blend in…
Now let's go through the kitchen and into the laundry room. It's what was originally a back porch that was enclosed; it's sandwiched between the kitchen and garage. It was Mike's favorite room in the house -- he liked the original wood siding and roof rafters that had been painted a glossy blue and white. It was a bright, cheery little room.
Now let’s go through the kitchen and into the laundry room. It’s what was originally a back porch that was enclosed; it’s sandwiched between the kitchen and garage. It was Mike’s favorite room in the house — he liked the original wood siding and roof rafters that had been painted a glossy blue and white. It was a bright, cheery little room.
The garage, full of things for the upcoming auction. The owner is very crafty; she did all the painting, etc. in the house. Note the ivy painted on the boxes over the garage windows.
The garage, full of things for the upcoming auction. The owner is very crafty; she did all the painting, etc. in the house. Note the ivy painted on the boxes over the garage windows.

And that’s the grand tour — not exactly move-in ready, right? What in the world are we going to do with this little place?

Pinteresting

What did people who were remodeling or renovating a house do before Pinterest? Oh, right — we bought many magazines, tore many pages out of those many magazines, stuck said pages in random notebooks/purses/drawers, etc. and then couldn’t find them when we needed them, and so on and so forth. Thank heaven this handy tool was invented! It makes life so much easier, and it lets me show my husband all the ideas that are floating around in my head. If I can dream it, it’s already been done and it’s on Pinterest — giving new meaning to the old saying “There’s nothing new under the sun.”

If you aren’t already acquainted with the magic that is Pinterest, head over there now and sign up; you’ll thank me later! Or not, if you become a Pinterest junkie like me, lol.

Oh, and you’re welcome to follow me over there if you’re already a member:  I have a little board named Farmhouse that I think you’ll like!

In the beginning…

I’ve been promising “before” photos of the cottage for a while now. Let’s start with photos of the little house and the other buildings on our mini-farm. Yes, these photos were taken during a drive-by, with no real thought we’d own the property a couple of weeks later! They’re unedited, so you can get a feel for exactly what we saw on that first day (apologies for the bits of car interior and/or windshield I caught in a few of the shots).

The cottage on the first day we saw her; October 3rd, 2013.The cottage on the first day we saw her; October 3rd, 2013.

View from the driveway looking up the hill toward the rear of the property.

Gorgeous view left of the cottage. Sadly, we don’t own this view — 49.01 acres sold separately from our tract, and this is part of it. Luckily it doesn’t perc, so we’re hopeful it’ll remain this way!

Hay barn (rear) and the white barn -- shop/man cave/husband's dream space.Hay barn (rear) and the white barn — shop/man cave/husband’s dream space.

The “equipment shed”. Does this mean we need equipment???

Garden area behind the cottage, wellhouse and older-than-dirt barn.Garden area behind the cottage, wellhouse and older-than-dirt barn.

Sunroom at the rear of the cottage, with a view of the fireplace’s stone chimney.

Pergola -- makes for a pretty view from what will become the main living area of the cottage.Pergola — makes for a pretty view from what will become the main living area of the cottage.

View from the front of the cottage, complete with the auction sign!

SO much is happening now; next up, lots of “before” and “during” interior photos (demolition, tons and tons of demolition!!!). And coming soon — before and after floor plans!