About 2 years ago, we bought a small farm house with a little bit of land. Our goal was to downsize significantly for the expressed purpose of not
having enough room for someone to “ move back in” with us. That part didn’t work as intended, but that’s another story.
We found an amazing 1940’s home that’s about 750 sq. ft. When we got it, there was just drywall and partially sanded hardwoods. The structure
was built from timbers from an old church that also made up my neighbor’s house and another that didn’t make it over the years. So it’s built
solid. We removed the chimney (around here, it’s referred to as a Chimley) and repaired the roof. We insulated the attic and put a floor down,
since 750 sq ft leaves little room for storage. We installed an on demand water heater that runs off propane and put in a heat pump that also runs on
gas. We opened up the kitchen, and had some great guys come and finish the drywall. Hired a flooring contractor to sand and stain the pine
hardwoods, and they look amazing. All in all, the house looks really good. My wife has done a fantastic job of not letting me half ass projects as
is my normal way. (I’m an 80%er) So things are done and done right. The kitchen is probably our best room. We went for the best granite due to
its small footprint and overall cost. I like it.
We are having the attic roof and under floor side sprayed with foam insulation soon, to tighten things up for this winter. I was able to wire in an
outlet to plug the generator into the house and power everything but the AC and dryer. This was a Godsend. The water heater just needs a small
110vac to power the logic board, so we had hot showers anytime we wanted, providing the generator was on.
Which brings me to our field test. Hurricane Florence. We lost power on Friday at 11:30am and just got power back Wednesday about 7:30pm. My
temporary hardship is nothing compared to many, so believe me, I’m not complaining here, I’m grateful. But with the loss of power, we were able
to find out if all those things worked, if the plan was a good one. Well, it was fantastic. We used the generator about 8-9 hours a day, split
morning and night, kept the freezers frozen and even the beer cold. I have to admit, with nothing but time to wait for it to stop raining, a few
beers were had. Our town is in good shape, the neighboring town borders the Cape Fear River and isn’t doing as well, but most are in good shape.
My little pond in the back turned into a big pond, dare I say lake. It has since gone back to where it should be, I only hope my fish didn’t
runnoft. Time will tell on that front. But all in all, I think we are ready for the next challenge, as long as there’s sunshine…….and a big