I have a running list in my moleskine of things I want to write about this year and at the top of the list are several posts about Woodlawn. When we were first moving in, I shared occasional progress updates of how we were using the laser level and which sections of the woodwork were complete but then the overwhelming task of settling in took over my life.
Don’t be fooled. Almost two years later and I swear I still feel like we’re settling in. And fixing things. Like utilizing a self propelled lawn mower to be able to give maintenance to the garden. And finding more broken things. And learning how to make do with things that we can’t fix right now. And there are days when I wouldn’t trade it for anything. And days when I’d trade it for a tidy little condo in the city.
Just when I thought we weren’t making much progress around here, finding these pictures makes me feel like we’ve come along way with this old girl. When Dan walked in tonight to see what I was working on, he said, “I don’t think it’s really changed all that much.” Boy, were we both wrong. So since my house is nowhere near tidy enough right now for “after” photos I’d be willing to share and still maintain my dignity, tonight you get to dig into the “before”.
We fell in love with this house long before we ever stepped inside, or drove down the long lane. And looking at these photos, I still see big glimpses of why. She’s got beautiful bones and it’s been a slow journey to help her come back to life, no matter how long that might be.
I hope you enjoy taking a peek inside this 1812 farmhouse officially called “Woodlawn” in the history books. These photos are from the very first time we walked through after the previous owner’s things had been removed. I’d be lying if I didn’t admit to getting a wee bit overwhelmed at the site of the work ahead of us, especially that kitchen. Can we please discuss that dishwasher?! I’m thinking it’s got to be the first dishwasher ever made, circa 1812. (kidding.) Then, we also were worried about the HVAC units since they were really old; thankfully to the good company similar to United Plumbing Heating Air & Electric which my friend recommended me for HVAC system check up and repair. Also, we did our research through https://www.airnowhvac.com/heating-and-air-conditioning-millbrook-al/ and they were able to guide us in the right direction. Now, we’re happy that we got it tuned up via a repair corona service. You can read more about it here.
So enjoy this peek inside Woodlawn. This is the downstairs tour, and if you enjoy it, let me know. I’ve got the upstairs, attic, basement and barn to share as well. You can click on the thumbnails below to view them in a larger view or slideshow.
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