If a comfortable abode is your desire, then don’t buy a farmhouse I live in an old farmhouse on 10 acres in Southern Michigan that I purchased about 22 years ago. The house was built before 1874, which is the date of the earliest plat map that shows a dwelling on this property. We found through conversations with people in the area related to the builder and first owner, that he was in the Kaisers Army in Germany. He lost a leg in the war and apparently his hearing from being strapped to the wheel of a canon cart as punishment for some misdemeanor. Apparently he was a carpenter and he must have been good at his trade because this house still stands after nearly 140 years.
Therefore, instead of hanging a solid colored shower curtain I was delighted to find one that was covered with brightly colored butterflies of four dominant colors: green, blue, beige and lavender. By making the shower curtain a primary focus I now have: 1). a theme and 2). a color scheme. In fact, it’s probably one of the best color schemes I could have chosen.
Once you’ve decided how much you can afford to invest, it’s a good idea to do some window shopping for the materials, fixtures and features you’d like to include in the remodeling project. Material costs can quickly add up, but they’re only a portion of your total budget. Unless you’re an experienced DIY renovator, you’ll need to hire an experienced contractor to install bathroom features like plumbing lines, sinks, faucets and toilets, ceramic tile, and flooring.
Do NOT hold your color swatches against a white wall. The appearance of a color will look different depending on what other colors are adjacent to it. You’ll get a much better idea of how the color will look if you look at it next to your furniture, window treatments, or cabinets. It also helps to see a larger area of color and even the larger swatches sometimes available today may not be big enough.
She came in and told us how what was now the kitchen used to be a bedroom and a wood fired cook stove was in what is now the dining room, which explains the burned spot on the floor. The bathroom was a pantry and our library was another bedroom. Our living room was a formal room, like a parlor, with a seprate entry door next to what is now or main entry. The old entry is now just a tall window. The upstairs was mostly unfinished and used as a spair room for the kids to play and the boys to bunk in at night. She enjoyed the visit and verified for us some of the history and age of the house.