Following Graham R. Spearman and Ermela Kaferi through the renovation of a 300 year old farmhouse along with the creation of a working flower business...and all the ups and downs along the way.
This is the neighbors property, but we are landscaping in a way that our property will seem to connect with it. All the surrounding 100+ acres used to belong to the house.
This is a bit of our land and a bit of his. He has horses, we like looking at horses.
Outhouse and Icehouse
We are told that this is the finest five hole outhouse in all of Dutchess County. We are not sure how to verify that, but we are proud to be in possession of such a fine outhouse. The bigger building to the right is the icehouse, it has amazingly thick walls, surprise surprise it is packed with stuff.
Outhouse and Icehouse
Don't you love them?
We think this was a smokehouse, it is full of bricks, something that looks like an old fashioned water heater and various old farming tools.
This used to belong to the Ringling Brother's Circus, it was used for moving their elephants around.. It is most definitely not up to the task anymore, but it is a great bit of yard art.
Those trees are covered in poison ivy, fortunately Graham is immune, he gets the task of removing it. Also, sadly, most of those trees have to go. They tend to be rotted and leaning. Hopefully taking them out will let more light in for the future greenhouse and help the house breathe.
Trying to find the balance between fully functioning greenhouse and quaint looking structure. Graham likes orchids, the moms like vegetables and flowers for the gardens, this will get heavy use.
Future Potting Bench Area
This was set up with it's own subpanel and water lines. It is at the northern end of the future greenhouse. It should be perfect.
As far as we can tell, this is a gravel floor with no foundation. The ceiling will have to be opened up to allow light in. Big plants can fit in here. There is a ton of stuff in this attic.
Looking from the north, this side won't get any windows as the north side is the coldest and provides no direct light.
This funny little building served as Doris's private chapel. She apparently built it in the 90's and stole the four front columns from an old Victorian house on the property. But wait, there are only two front columns you say...yes, apparently someone came and stole two of the columns so now it looks a little off balance. Who knew columns were in such high demand. It's a nice little building and we are expediting work on it so that we can get married in front of it.
Another church organ, a pew and more of that wonderful vinyl flooring. This will most likely become Ermela's painting studio, though she has promised to share painting space with our friend Ronnie.