Ground Breaking

May 23, 2019
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This old house has stood here on our land since 1910. The history within these walls and around this property intrigue me. I wish I could press a button and get a little glimpse into the past that unfolded here.

This house hasn't been lived in since the 60's, and was over grown with brush and literally rotting off of it's foundation. Sadly, all of the gorgeous old growth fir was not salvageable from this 109 year old home. From the tongue and groove floor boards that were nailed together from all angles, to the wide plank shiplap on the walls that had giant nails driven through the edges, it all just cracked and splintered under the pressure of being moved after over a century in place.

There were two items that we were able to save, that will make their way into our new home, and our farm stand! The pristine 1917 cast iron claw foot tub and the cast iron coal burning stove (heating stove, not cooking). 

With the finalized building permit issued, we were able to hit the ground running with the demo of the old house and the official ground breaking! Not just a ceremonial shovel scoop, either, but full on foundation dug and driveway cut out with base rock filled! 

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Our builder must have thought I was crazy, sitting there in my lawn chair watching everything play out. I didn't want to miss a moment of the progress! I know that isn't a realistic notion for the next 10 months, but don't you doubt for one second that I don't wish to be in that chair watching my dream house go up board by board! ​

We have been waiting for ground breaking day since 2016. It's crazy to think that it's been that long of a process, but boy has it been! ​I can't wait for the day when we can sit on our porch with a glass of tea watching this gorgeous sunset, every day, for the rest of our lives.

Ashley McMullen

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