Thursday, November 11, 2010

Our Hillbilly Home - Prepping the House

Foundation ready for the house

This story is about how we got started with our farm several years ago...I was chatting with a friend one day and talking about how we got our house, and she wanted to see some photos so I decided to write the story for my blog and share photos instead of trying to e-mail a bunch to her. If you missed the first part of this story, you can find the links to all the parts on my links page.

Besides getting the foundation ready for the house to be dropped down onto it, we had several things that we needed to do to the house, to get it ready for the movers.

The back porch had to be torn off, as it couldn't be moved with the house, because it would make the house to wide...besides we had decided to add a kitchen on out that door anyway, so didn't need the porch there.

The front porch, needed to be braced, and the wrought iron railing taken down. The front porch roof extended into the main part of the house, so we didn't even think of tearing it off and starting over. Thankfully we didn't have to.

There was a chimney in the living room that extended from the basement up through the attic that would have to come down, for fear in the move the brick could start falling and mess up the roof or something in the house. Getting up into the attic to do it involved going through a small hole in what is now DH's office.

I remember once Dad went up there and had trouble getting back down because he wears tools on his belt, and they got caught and wouldn't let him back through. DH and I kinda chuckled and said we'd bring him food and water so he wouldn't starve to death up there since he couldn't get out. It didn't take him long to wiggle his way back out though, guess he didn't want to have to stay there. *giggle*

Dad put strips of wood on some of the ceiling tiles cause some were sagging and we didn't want them falling in the move, and bring more down with them.

He also took the screens off, so they didn't get blown off as the house went down the road.

Not sure what else there was, but eventually even the house was ready for the movers to come get the house lifted up onto steel beams the Monday before Thanksgiving 2003.

Stay tuned for lifting the house... time on "Our Hillbilly Home".
More will come once I get the photos gathered, and words written...please forgive the fact that I'm clearly NOT a "writer" AND the time it could take for the next part to show up...a day, a week, a month or... God forbid... a year.
Next installment is here.

1 comment:

  1. It's so hard to fatham even being able to MOVE an already built house!! It's amazing what people can do...


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