Limington Farmhouse is NOT available for rent!

Posted: March 24th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: bedroom, for rent, fun, heating, kitchen, life, living room, photos | 2 Comments »

UPDATE: House is rented. Thank you so much to everyone who helped us find a great family to take over while we’re gone.

We’re headed out of state for a few years, starting in August 2017, and we’re looking for a few good people to take over the farmhouse while we’re gone. Ideally you love quirky old houses, you’re a little bit handy with maintenance stuff, you need a lot of space, and you’ll appreciate the unique character of this special place.

The house is ca. 1830′s? and has been renovated many times over the years, but still has lots of historic character. It currently has 4 usable bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms (one upstairs and one downstairs) including new washer and dryer, huge, newly renovated eat-in kitchen with new dishwasher, livingroom, and 3 other rooms that are unheated in the winter but are great for storing stuff or summer studio space, etc. We are asking for $1200/month, which doesn’t include utilities. We need to measure the square footage… Best guess is around 2000-2500 SF of usable space. We are happy to leave you as much or as little furniture as you want to use.

We’re located about 45-50 minutes from Portland, 50 minutes from a few different ocean beaches, and about 1 hour from North Conway and hiking in the White Mountains. The nearest posted hiking trails are on Sawyer Mountain, about 5 minutes away, and we’re within 10 minutes of a dozen different swimming and wading spots on the Saco River and assorted lakes, ponds and swimming holes. (Our local swimming options are pretty fantastic!) There is also a little Limington town beach with clean sand, mountain views, docks, picnic tables, clean outhouses and easy parking, on Horne Pond, 9 minutes from here. Season pass is $30 for residents and canoe rental is $1/hour. We’re also close to Dole’s Orchard, with U-Pick berries, apples and fruit throughout the whole summer and fall, as well as 3 or 4 other U-Pick orchards nearby. We’re 10 minutes from the nearest Hannaford grocery in Standish, and 10 minutes from Cornish, which has a very cute downtown filled with small shops, a smaller grocery store, farm supply store, pharmacy, etc. Our favorite restaurants in the neighborhood are Krista’s in Cornish and O.Dan’s in Standish, and every now and then we stop by The Peppermill in Limerick. We love our sweet little neighborhood coffee shop and bakery, Snickerdoodles, 2 minutes from home. There are also plenty of cheap pizza places, and a substantial variety store/grocery/hardware store/gas station about 3 minutes away. In the summertime we’ve got our pick of four different ice cream stands within 10-15 minutes! And we’re a very short walk from the tiny Limington Public Library.

We have 2 acres of green space, including a sweet little patio for BBQ and summer relaxing, a wood-fired sauna(!), a sunny clothesline, a little raised-bed garden, some overgrown pear trees, lots of lawn and a bit of wild jungle, some quaint old stone walls and foundations. We will leave you our mower – we usually do some mowing every weekend to stay on top of it, otherwise the grass can get too tall to mow! Or, we can talk about hiring someone for maintenance if you don’t want to deal with it.
Our driveway just sucks, but you’ll get used to it. We will cover the cost of plowing in the winter.
We have access to a beautiful walking trail via our neighbor’s land – he owns ~50 acres of woods adjacent to our land, and generously allows us free access to his trails. Our usual morning walk is about 1.5 miles / 30 minutes through woods and meadows, and it’s one of our favorite things about living here, although it does require muck boots in the spring, mosquito nets in the summer, blaze orange gear during hunting season, snowshoes, crampons, and/or gaiters in the winter! It’s worth it though, to enjoy the woods and see and feel the seasons coming and going day by day.

poppies!!And more flowers that will keep on blooming every year!
Boxwood, chrysanthemums and azaleas in their new home! Well see how long I can it this all looking this pretty! #limingtonfarmhouse

morning walkmushroom family
tomato seedlings are in!garden helper
the pear treeShiny glowy #morningwalk #laikagram


snowshoe path in the back yardsnowy morning walk

KITCHEN: this is the room that’s been most thoroughly renovated. We stripped it to the studs and re-built everything, including custom cabinets and shelving. Double oven, new dishwasher, older fridge. Nice big vintage hutch for storing dishes etc. Exposed beams on the ceiling, brand-new large bay window, original maple wood flooring which was refinished 4 years ago but is now showing signs of wear in the busy areas. This room is heavily insulated and stays toasty warm in the winter.  New high-efficiency woodstove with a pretty hearth.  A wide, open doorway leads into the livingroom.



kitchen north window


Custom-made concrete tiles from Argentina! kitchen



LIVINGROOM: big windows, big old couch, fresh wallboard, bumpy old wide-plank flooring, ugly old 70′s ceiling. We’re currently finishing up installation of a beautiful glass-paned door from livingroom to front parlor, which lets in lots of sunlight from the front of the house.

finished painting!


FRONT PARLOR: this is one of the un-heated rooms. It’s large and pretty, but we don’t use it much in the winter. In the summer it serves as additional living space. Two couches, lots of room to relax.

front parlor

BEDROOM 1: medium-sized. painted gray. recently renovated. has two closets without doors. heated by baseboard radiators. partial wood paneling. trim work has been finished since these photos were taken. no bed provided, but the matching dresser, mirror and armoire can be left for you to use. this room is not on the street, it’s usually quieter, but it’s pretty close to the neighbor’s house and she has chickens, roosters, dogs, and occasional late-night festivities on her deck, so it’s quiet some nights and noisy other times. two windows are north-facing and shaded by trees in summer, so this bedroom has the least bright sunshine.

finished painting!freshly painted

BEDROOM 2: large room with tons of windows. faces the street, gets lots of sunshine, plus street noise. we live on a kinda busy road and hear traffic sounds day and night. It doesn’t bother me much, we’re just used to it as background noise and it’s never woken me up at night or bothered me in the day, but this isn’t the ideal haven if you’re looking for a silent sanctuary. this room is heated by a brand-new high-efficiency heat-exchange pump, it’s a split unit that does heat in the winter and AC in the summer and it has a remote control for thermostat control. there is one closet with a door, and some built-in shelving and drawers. This room currently has a double bed and an elliptical workout machine, which are both available for you to use, or can be removed.

this will be our bedroom!

our bedroomkinda moved in

BEDROOM 3: this is a mirror image of bedroom #2. large room with tons of windows. faces the street, gets tons of sunshine, plus street noise. this room is heated by a brand-new high-efficiency heat-exchange pump, it’s a split unit that does heat in the winter and AC in the summer and it has a remote control for thermostat control. there is one closet without a door, a large storage unit, small bookshelf, a queen-sized bed and box-spring, and a love seat by the window. These can all be left for you, or removed. The floor has been re-painted since these photo were taken.

improved guest room

improved guest room

BEDROOM 4: Medium-sized bedroom. Two big windows, south-facing, plenty of sunshine but not as bright as the street-facing rooms. It has new marmoleum flooring (that’s a natural, tree-based version of linoleum) which is beautifully smooth and clean, feels nice underfoot in both summer and winter. There is a large closet with no door and a small built-in shelf. This room will be mostly left unfurnished. This room has its own thermostat, heated by baseboard radiators.

We use about 3 cords of seasoned firewood (usually around $500-600/yr) plus 500 gallons of oil each winter. Some of the house is freshly insulated and some is old and drafty. We have a great, modern high-efficiency woodstove and a multi-zone oil-burning furnace with hot-water baseboard radiators, and two bedrooms heated and cooled by a brand-new high-efficiency heat pump. We try to be frugal about heat, we keep the thermostat at 58 and keep the woodstove burning all day, which keeps us pretty cozy in the kitchen and livingroom. On the second floor, we turn down the heat in the bedrooms every morning and turn it up at night. Two of the bedrooms have baseboard radiators connected to the furnace; the other two are connected to the heat pump. Each bedroom has its own separate thermostat controls. In the summer, the first floor (especially the kitchen) stays amazingly cool through most of the season. The second floor can get really hot – two of the bedrooms get A/C from the heat pumps, which feels amazing in the dog days of summer. In the other two bedrooms, we get by with a fan in the window. Sometimes it’s sweaty, but luckily, summer nights in Maine are mostly fresh and cool.

Electricity averages around $60/month. High-speed Internet around 45/month. We don’t use a land-line, just cell phones, but I think there is phone lines coming into the house so you could activate one if you want it.

finished painting!

Posted: March 10th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: excitement, living room, progress | No Comments »

finished painting!

Done painting the livingroom! we finished just in time for Mike’s birthday, and I framed and hung some of our posters and art for him as a birthday present. I’m glad we decided not to paint this room yellow, though I think the mint green is a little boring. Anyway it definitely looks better than before! And it will look even better when we replace those horrible ceiling tiles. And repaint the floors.

This is what the livingroom looked like in November 2010.

dining room (living room?) colors!

Posted: March 1st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: living room, progress | No Comments »

We’re trying to decide what color to paint the dining room, and we’re also trying to figure out what to call it because we’ve never used it as a dining room, and we probably never will, since our kitchen is enormous and has plenty of space for eating and we’re not really the formal, stuffy dining room types. We were using it as a workshop space for a while, and then it evolved into a sort of living room / lounge space where we hang out and watch movies and snuggle with the dog on the couch. Sounds kind of like a living room, but we already have a room that we call the living room, which we never use. (These are the problems you have when your house is TOO BIG!) We could call it the den, but that sounds so 1950′s and doesn’t really fit the personality of our house. I think we should call this the living room and that other room can become The Parlor when it is finished. Which sounds a little silly, but that was probably the original purpose/name of that room when the house was built. Back then folks usually had a front room with nice windows looking out towards the street, and it was kind of a fancy and formal parlor that was only used for entertaining visitors. It would’ve been one of the fanciest rooms in an otherwise spare and functional farmhouse. But anyway, back to this room. The former dining room which I’m going to try to call The Living Room from now on. It was painted dark red when we moved in. It’s kind of a pretty color, but it’s a little heavy and also whoever painted it did a horrible job, didn’t finish the edges of the walls, didn’t put on a second coat, and the walls just looked pretty awful.

diningroom before
this was how we had living room before.

In February we started prepping to re-paint the walls. There were A LOT of spots that needed spackling, and a bunch of areas that needed major repairs to the wallboard. It took about two weeks of spackling and sanding to get everything tidied up.

dining room: prepping walls for paint
early stages of spackling

It took THREE COATS of primer to color up that crazy red! I think we’re finally ready for the color now.

primer on the living room walls

We had decided on Yarmouth Blue for the trim and Stuart Gold for the walls (from Benjamin Moore historical colors). We’ve looked lots of photos of Colonial through Victorian era interiors and they used to do some really saturated colors! This seemed like a pretty cool historical color combo. We did the windows in blue and I think they look great; we actually bought a gallon of the Stuart Gold for the walls and then at the very last minute, Mike got cold feet and said “it looks too YELLOW!”

should we paint the living room yellow?
Stuart Gold: do we really want this?

I rolled my eyes, but then I sat down and did some photoshop mockups with different color options. When we actually saw it mocked up, the gold does indeed look a little crazy?! So we decided on this Prescott Green instead. I think I’m going to paint it today!

should we paint it green?
Prescott Green

Now we’re wondering what to do with that gallon of gold paint. Maybe upstairs?

new wallboard and plaster repair

Posted: January 21st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: living room, progress, stairs | No Comments »

new wallboard and plaster repair plaster repair
plaster buttons and mesh tape on the saggy ceiling above the stairs

no plaster in the stairwell wall fixed in the stairs

fixed the wall by the stairs

We hired a guy to help us with replacing wallboard and patching plaster! It’s amazing how fast (and well) stuff gets done when we pay somebody else to do it. He replaced the wall going up the stairs, and fixed the sagging plaster above the stairs, and then replaced the missing piece of wall in the livingroom and replaced a defunct doorway in the livingroom with a nice smooth seamless wall. You wouldn’t even guess there was ever a door there!

wall fixed in the living room wall fixed in the living room

livingroom repairs

finally fixed that hole in the bedroom floor

Posted: November 6th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: bedroom, living room, oops | No Comments »

and my foot came through the livingroom ceiling I fell in this hole


Back in June we ripped up the bedroom carpet to discover this strange hole in the wood floor. We’ve since moved into the bedroom and I should have patched it long ago, but I’ve just been stepping over it for a few months now, putting off the job until later. Finally I fell right in, like my whole leg just went right down through the floor one night as I was heading to bed in the dark! I wish I could’ve been downstairs in the livingroom to see what that looked like. I think my whole leg came thru the livingroom ceiling. (I was fine, livingroom ceiling didn’t fare so well)

so then I finally fixed it

so then I finally “fixed” it




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