1850s Farmhouse… which direction to rehab - Posted by Sean
Posted by Sean on September 22, 2004 at 22:40:18:
I have been offered an 1850s farmhouse on an acre lot, the original farm for the area 150+ years ago.
The house is large over 2500 square feet, there have been 2 additions done to the house since its original construction.
The house overall isn’t horrible, but it is very tired and beat and very badly in need of rehabilitation. It definatley will be a gem once rehabbed.
The question I have is I am not sure which direction to take the rehab if I choose to pursue this one. The main house is pretty much original in terms of layout and materials… very thin interior walls, captive bedrooms, the bathrooms no hallways that were obviously put in after construction etc etc…
The lack of hallways on the first floor isn’t really an issue, the building still has decent and respectable flow. The second floor however has 4 bedrooms and a bath, and no hallways… you come up into a bedroom which has 2 bedrooms off of it, and one of the bedrooms off of it, has a bedroom off of it…
I am curious what would be the best approach to persue this? Is this house worth more being restored as much as possible leaving it as is as much as possible? IE cater to the folks who honestly would want a period peace, or should the approach be rip out the interior walls on floor 2 and give it a more modern layout?
Which direction obviously affects not only value of the home after fix up, but time to sell and rehab costs.
I appreciate any incites one might have on this.