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The Oddities of Old Homes & What We Found in Our Barn

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.

gone country

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.

Yellow Farm House

We knew this was where we wanted and needed to be. I mean, it’s a yellow farm house. 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.

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?


Caroline Ward

Saturday 28th of August 2021

Hi!Enjoying your experience....We moved into an old home built during the depression, 1923, my oh my! We had just come off the Mission Field.....bought it for the land (160 acres)...were going to tear it down...till we crunched numbers ($$$$$$) and my husband said "but it has good bones" everything else has been replaced...trying hard to buy good vintage lumber, etc....not to take away from the homes period...I appreciate your endurance....keep it up, you won't be sorry but will have a great feel of accomplishment when your done (we are still working at it after 22 years!

Digital Molly

Thursday 21st of October 2021

Love this, Caroline! How fun, what a treasure and project! Good bones, those words ring familiar but 160 acres is worth it!

As much as I loathe some days - I can't help but love that so much love is poured into this home. Also, it is great not feeling like everything has to be perfect - like I felt when we had a new build.