When we bought this farm in the spring of 2011, it was considered by many people to be a ‘tear down’. Three separate contractors confirmed that it had great bones, and so we set out to save it. So far, between the purchase and initial restorations which included heat, electricity, insulation, new windows, walls, floors, bathrooms and kitchen, and sill work we have spent well over a half million dollars.
We still need to finish three bedrooms and a bathroom in the main part of the house, install showers in the other two bathrooms, and complete renovations in the attached carriage house that will give us vital space for our schoolroom, office, workshop, and guest accommodation.
The siding needs to be completely replaced, as does the porch that was demolished shortly after we purchased the farm. This will help close up and protect all of the work we have already done inside. It will also present a warm and welcoming face to guests who come to learn or to visit.
Our home not only shelters and comforts our family, but it is our means of extending hospitality to our community, and to those in need especially orphans. It is the heart of our farm and ministry.