Category: House Renovation

Renovation Update: Weeks 6-7

August 14th, 2006, 3 Comments

The big news out at the farm this week is the foundation on the house. In 6 days of work, the foundation people have already demolished the old foundation, leveled up the house, dug out the area for the new foundation (which is digging down and out to expand the foundation to cover the whole […]

Family Patterns and The Great Grandparents’ House

August 3rd, 2006, 4 Comments

First, a random amusing pattern: If you follow my family tree up, once you get back to the 1800s, you’ll see several generations in a row in which people alternated names between B. H. Friesen and H. B. Friesen. The pattern finally broke when D. B. Friesen was born in 1891. This was back in […]

Fire updates

August 1st, 2006, 2 Comments

Whew. Lots has been going on the past couple of days. First, many thanks to all that sent us e-mails, comments, and notes. We appreciate it! It’s nice to have people the care. Next, in addition to the first set of fire photos I posted, I have now added more photos: a second set of […]


July 30th, 2006, 5 Comments

I never thought I’d be writing a post like this today. As Terah mentioned already, there was a fire out at our farm today. We lost both barns and the chicken house. Several acres of mostly grass burned in all. It’s hard to see those buildings gone. There was so much history and so many […]

Renovation: Weeks 3 – 5

July 29th, 2006, 5 Comments

Well, it’s been a few weeks since my last update, but I was still out there once a week taking pictures. The changes have been less dramatic — but then it’s hard to get as dramatic as tearing off the kitchen and pulling off a chunk of a house. So check out the week 3-5 […]

The Crew

July 15th, 2006, 3 Comments

Terah and I realized something the other day. This table should demonstrate: Person Relation Attends our church Heating/Air Person Great Uncle Yes Plumber First Cousin, Once Removed Yes Interior Designer First Cousin, Once Removed Yes Electrician Second Cousin Yes Phone Company Line Installer First Cousin, Once Removed No General contractor None Yes General worker #1 […]

Week 2 (ending Jul 8)

July 9th, 2006, 8 Comments

The big news this week: the kitchen is gone and the wash house was saved! On Monday, I went out to take the week 1 pictures and clear out some junk from the wash house. Workers started Wednesday. We thought we’d have to tear down the wash house, but they managed to save it! It’ll […]

Renovation: Week 1

July 9th, 2006, No Comments

I’m a week late in posting these, so pretend this was posted July 1. We bought the place on June 27. The next day, somebody was already out removing the chimney from the house. Then over the weekend, dad and I went out there to remove the chimney from the wash house. Our contractor happened […]

More “Before” Pictures

July 7th, 2006, No Comments

A little while back, I posted some pictures of the the yard. I finally got around to posting pictures of the inside of the house. Take a look, and be sure to notice there are several pages! Here’s a picture of the kitchen to get you started:

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