In 1992 Leonard and I bought my idea of a dream house here in Southern New Jersey.
The original part of this old farmhouse was built in 1850. An addition was added about 15 years prior of our purchase. My daughter Amy researched the history of the house and we know who owned the property back in 1820, the cost and the parcels of land that were sold off through the years.
A few years after we moved in we had to replace the roof. The roof was the original cedar shakes arranged on slats and later covered with shingles. Everything had to be removed and we then covered with plywood and new shingles.
A few years later we covered the original cedar siding with vinyl. The task of constant painting was getting to us. We also changed out the old drafty windows with new dual pane ones that tilt in for easy cleaning.
We made other additions and changes over time. The original house was one story in the area under the large 2nd story window. When we put on the roof, we added a small den/office area as we only needed to add two walls and flooring.
Our next addition was this 3-season room.
When we bought the house there were ugly metal pillars on the front steps. We changed them out to something more in keeping with the house.
Then we build this deck. Note: The single story part of the house is the addition built prior to our purchase. It is one large great room and a 2nd bathroom.
Len's favorite addition. His work shop.
We also put in a fishpond and added a bridge.
This we did not build. In researching, we discovered these outhouses were prefabricated and installed by the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) back in the 1930's. They would come to the farms with concrete slabs already made, the walls, the seat, and the roof and them assemble it. On one corner the side was been chewed down in several areas. Attached is old electrical fence connectors. Guessing the chewing was done by horses. Can you see the wavy corners on the right side? This might be considered the THIRD bathroom?
We built a garden shed and barn with tack room for when we had horses. Garden shed on left, barn and stables in back:
The house is surrounded by a nursery on all four sides.
When we started fulltiming in 2010, my daughter Terri decided she wanted to buy the house. This well suited us as it gave us a place to park when we came back to NJ.
Why am I writing this? Terri has started a new job two hours away in PA. The opportunity she was presented in this new job is more than she wanted to turn down. I can't blame her. So now this house will be sold The relocation company handles everything on the sale. Tomorrow they are coming to "stage" the inside and take pictures. (Can't wait to see what they do. I'll take pictures if I can) Then the sale sign goes up.
We have moved from "Camp Driveway" but still in the area about 1 mile away parked in the yard of friends who also have a house for sale and have moved on.
Our last pullout and with tears in my eyes,
But for all of us, life brings constant changes and new challenges.