I Bought This, Now What??!!
I am now the proud and slightly dazed owner of a tiny lot complete with a tiny one room school house built in 1850. How did this happen? Well…. I’m not quite sure….it all started one evening as a casual conversation with my parents:
Me: “Did you know the school house down the road is for sale?”
Mom: “What school house?”
(fast forward to after I explain it’s less than a quarter of a mile from her house)
Me “We should buy it! We could restore it and make it a vacation rental a la Airbnb!” (fast forward to after I explain what Airbnb is)
Dad: “Did you know that your grandfather attended that school when he was a boy? I’ve always wanted to see the inside of it.”
That was back in March, which was a hectic time for my family. We were preparing for my husband, Ben to have major surgery to remove a large benign brain tumor. We were also first time parents to a then 15-month old baby, Philip. We had spent the last 9 years in North Carolina and just moved back to our family home in Upstate New York. Our dog developed major back problems and needed to be carried everywhere. So of course it was the best time to embark on a real estate investment!
The end of summer loomed, Ben was doing much better and came through the surgery with flying colors and our 10-year-old miniature dachshund made a miraculous recovery. So after much back and forth, research, and a few site visits we decided we’re in love. I made an offer through our realtor, Abbey, so did someone else, they accepted our offer and today we closed! Hurray?!?!
Gramp’s Old School
860 Square Feet
1850 Original structure built
??? Addition built
No Well or Septic
Condition: Extreme Disrepair
Interior of School House
This is truly a family affair, everyone wants to help! Some may end up being more helpful than others….
The Sibs: Jason, Me, Luke, Sarah, and Jesse
The heart and soul of the project!!
clockwise from top left: Great Grandpa Tefft (the original Gramp and school house student), husband Ben and toddler Philip, Gramp and Em,
Coming up in week one: YARD WORK, roof patch, floor patch, initial assessment of interior and exterior, weatherizing, and did I mention YARD WORK?