Just about a month ago I moved into a new house. I say “new” because it is new to me when in fact the house is far from new. This Craftsman style home was built in 1925 so it is 90 years old! Moving has been very stressful as you can read about in my post about my experience with a storage facility! But it was all worth it to get in this home!
When I first drove by this house, before I was able to even see inside of the house, I knew that this was the house for me! The house has a large porch that wraps around the front and side of the house, as is common in many Craftsman style homes. It was the front porch that caught my attention! As I write this post I am actually relaxing on my front porch with a glass of sweet tea and my dog at my feet….the perfect Southern life!
Since moving into this home there are several things I have learned about older homes.
1. Nothing is level!
Seriously folks, if I were to lay a marble on my floor it would roll all over the place because the floors in this old house are not level. The result is a dining room table that slopes a bit to one side! I keep telling myself it just adds to the character of the house!
2. It’s almost impossible to hang something on the wall.
I decided the other day to hang some pictures on my walls. I hammered the nail and it went in just a little bit and stopped! No matter how much I beat at that nail I couldn’t get it to go in any farther. And then I started hearing what sounded like rocks falling inside the wall. Evidently back in 1925 they didn’t use drywall like is used in many homes today. These walls are made of plaster.
3. Old homes have creaky bones.
The first few nights in my new home I heard all kinds of noises as my home cracked and popped and squeaked. Thank goodness I don’t get scared easily.
4. Dark, damp basements are creepy.
I said that I don’t scare easily…but I also make it a point to avoid my basement! The basement in this house has a room that has this big wooden door on it with these big rusty hinges. It looks like a door to a dungeon! It was actually the room where coal was store when this house was heated by a coal stove. At one time it had a chute from the outside so that coal could be shoveled into the coal room. I will not be storing a lot of stuff in my basement because I don’t plan on going down there unless absolutely necessary!
Now that I’ve moved in it’s time to start on some craft projects and DIY projects for this house so look for those to come in the future!
If you had your choice would you rather live in a new home or an older home?
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