HomeHome RenovationThe Oddities of Old Homes & What We Found in Our Barn August 20, 2015This post may include affiliate links. Please see our disclosure policy. This new-to-us home is not new by any means. It’s 35 years old, built in 1980 by the original owner. We’ve always had either a brand new construction home, or our last house was only 5 years old when we purchased it. So 35 years, that’s like antique. The house itself is charming, nothing like anything we’ve ever owned and quite a bit smaller than anything we’ve owned. That said, we really fell in love with the property, location and ambiance of this place. Where typically when we purchased a home it was for the house, this place definitely sold us by drive-up appeal alone. I know our realtor – who just happens to be my brother-in-law, thought we were nuts when we told him we wanted this place. He had showed us the PERFECT home for us. 5 bedroom, fairly new, pool, media room, great neighborhood, close to schools, wouldn’t require a complete remodel and thousands of dollars in maintenance work… but it just wasn’t the one. We knew this was where we wanted and needed to be. We hadn’t even looked in the stable area when we purchased the home, yes stupid because it’s full of horse crap – we just wanted this home. So with old homes we’ve learned there are all kinds of oddities. We have a fan that works great, but you can’t use the light when the fan is running. Our stair rail, well let’s just say it works great if you are an infant – it’s tiny like the railing is maybe 18 inches high. We have mis-matched door knobs, wallpaper from the 80’s, stained glass on the kitchen cabinets that just doesn’t fit our style. There are fluorescent lights in the weirdest spots and we have a wood burning stove in the fireplace (we live in Texas, where it gets real cold once a year.) The biggest issue we are having, as a family of 6 – we consume quite a bit of food. Well, there isn’t a real pantry. Those things will figure itself out and just add to the character of the home. We’ve been here officially a week yesterday. We’ve covered every inch of our property and I’ve covered every inch of this home with a dust rag. I came home today from work to my older kids telling me about something they found in the barn. We have a barn that we hope to make into our office someday. It needs work, but for the most part is safe for the older kids to play in. The kids were exploring and found the coolest thing. It’s a dollhouse, but not just any dollhouse – this dollhouse is a replica of our home. How cool is this?!?!? My daughter found this doll house – that is a replica of our new home upstairs in the barn. This place has stories – I want to know them all! (Maybe not, ha!) A photo posted by Molly Thornberg (@digitalmom) on Aug 19, 2015 at 8:57pm PDT It’s hard to tell from the photo, but the dollhouse is actually a pretty good size. It barely fits thru a doorway! I can’t believe this was left here. This makes me want to scour all nooks and crannies to figure out this place more. The stories I am sure this house could tell… Have You Ever Found Anything Left In A House You Purchased? Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website * Copy This Password * * Type Or Paste Password Here * Comment Current ye@r * Leave this field empty Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.