Posted: February 11th, 2012 | Author: admin | Filed under: | 4 Comments »
Hi! I’m Eliza and he’s Mike. By profession, I’m a designer and he’s a computer programmer. We really don’t know anything about houses. Back in 2009 we were living in Buenos Aires, Argentina, planning to move back to Maine (my home state) in March of 2010… We found (on craigslist!) this amazingly cheap, old, dilapidated and beautiful house in Limington, Maine, and we ended up deciding to buy it, without ever seeing or visiting it. My parents were our proxy through the whole buying process and the first stages of clean-up and repairs, and have held our hands through every step of rehabilitation and renovation – we are immensely grateful to them, their generosity and incredible expertise with renovating old wood houses, woodworking, plumbing, electricity, everything!! We began this process with a LOT of excitement and very little knowledge, and as the years pass we are gaining a bit more skill and trying to stay excited about this crazy project. The blog is intended to document the process of renovating, the stuff we’re learning, the layers of house that are revealed and later hidden as we dig away the old walls and replace them with new. We hope it’ll give us some good perspective as we make progress, to look back and see the changes we’ve made and the ground we’ve covered. And to document some things about our lives here, in the midst of the never-ending renovation process. If you want to see more about my design work and our life outside of this house, you can also find me here.
Why are we doing this? Everybody needs a place to live, and we’ve got more energy and curiosity than money so this place kinda makes sense. We both love figuring stuff out and learning how to do it ourselves. Also, being from Maine, I’ve got some thrifty yankee in me, and a soft spot for New England history and old houses in particular. I’d rather put in the effort to mend and save a good thing rather than replacing it with something new. I’ve often heard that the greenest building is the one that’s already built, and I hope that through good insulation and conscious renovation practices, we can make this drafty old house into a fairly energy-efficient home.
We hope this blog will cover the whole process from our first time seeing the house through gutting and renovating room by room, making this busted old house livable and hopefully awesome. We definitely expect this process is going to take us ten or twenty years, quite possibly the rest of our lives (though we’re hoping the major stuff will get done in the next five years).