You remember the H-M house? Less than 2 years ago this property was for sale, 7+ acres with a house set well back from the road. A long lawn, a creek through the woods, and an old sorghum mill to boot. Not to mention the perfect-sized house with it’s few outbuildings and a trailer which K tried very hard to sell on craigslist but we ultimately had to pay to get removed from the property. (No one has a mother-in-law THAT bad.)
Besides it being in the Ga Trust’s Revolving Fund, I was absorbed with H-M house at school as well, where the Historic Structure Report done by a GSU class a few years previous was my guide for the Valley View HSR my class was currently working on. I wanted to live there. I wrote then that if I had me a farmer I would move there right away, hell, I could BE that farmer if I wanted but I’d be out of money by the time I stepped foot in the house (and Mom would wonder had I abandoned Sunshine?). In the end, an awesome couple from Decatur stepped up to fulfill all our dreams for this perfect little piece of property.
They came to the Trust in 2012 with plans above and beyond what we normally see or expect from our purchasers. Not only did they have a rehab plan to stabilize the house, they were going to put in french drains, a wood shingle roof (not required we cautioned but totally awesomely historically accurate), and leave the wide bare boards on the interior untouched. But perhaps most to their advantage they brought colorful drawings to dazzle our eyes. Designers of all ilks know this is a sure way to almost anyone’s heart, heck, it’s how I got though school, by laying out every project down to a simple term paper, to perfection (the term paper’s probably didn’t need the attention but i wasn’t going to use size 12 Times), and these guys, one of em being a landscape designer, knew how to please in the same way.
Turns out those landscape plans and drawings and dreams they drew for us in words and maps were true! They moved in earlier this spring and by my visit at mid-summer, even the formal garden with a central fountain has been laid out and is just awaiting plantings. They have chickens in a cute little coop, plans to turn the corncrib/outbuilding into an open air dining pavilion, a relaxing open front porch that was once enclosed, and oh! the interior! As one of their daughters put so perfectly, “it looks like the furniture is just growing out of the walls.” those beautiful wide boards give way to plain style antique wardrobes, dressers and beds. Ladderback chairs appropriate to the home’s farm history are scattered throughout and yet it’s comfortable. Of COURSE it’s comfortable. The 1200 sq ft home is easily cooled and heated now that it’s insulated.
Newly painted and repaired, one hardly recognizes the blue-tarped H-M house of old (it was probably never painted but the Trust does encourage painting wood siding despite historical inaccuracy for some properties because it protects the material). The H-M house has been reincarnated in all the glory it deserves, chickens in the yard, happy dogs, a garden and cocktails, with and without parties. And it has even retained one of its most unique “character defining features”—it still leans! the house is stable but all those angled interior doors and walls still list to one side—I guess there is hope for Sunshine too!
(They even have a BLOG)
(I feel like, at the end of this I should say Come find your dream home in The Georgia Trust’s Revolving Fund and start making your dreams come true today!)