Owning and moving into a house for the first time is exhilarating all by itself, and half the fun is inheriting what was left behind. This is especially true if you move into a house that was built in 1926, like the one Jeff and Carolina Swanson moved into this past March.
Some of the inherited items are welcomed with open arms, like the apricot tree and rhubarb plant, but others are not, such as the outdated paint job inside the house. Then there are the in-between things that spark mixed feelings, like the bat house attached to the outside of the garage.
Not familiar with a bat house? There’s no trickery here; it’s like a birdhouse, except for bats. While most folks would be irked at the thought of bats flocking to their residence, the Swansons are indifferent. They explain how bats can be good and help with insect control. However, there may be another reason they decided to leave it up.
“If you take it down they’ll remember where it was, and then they’ll live in the garage,” Carolina explains.
While the bat house is here to stay, the paint job is not. Upon taking possession of the house, the Swansons immediately went to work fixing and updating everything, and their garage has become the epicenter of it all. The one-car garage with the carport, which was added in 1950s, looks like a mini Home Depot. Doors needing a new paint job rest against a wall, extra tubing from extending the downspouts poke out of a bucket and a newly-acquired mower rests in the middle.
These are the joys and pains that come with owning an older home. The Swansons love the charm and character that comes with living in a home so rich with history and accept the labor of love it takes to fix it up.
“It’s worth the work to get something that’s unique,” Carolina says.
The garage in particular has already come a long way in a short amount of time. They took out old boards from the carport and replaced them with new ones, then they repainted everything and are working on straightening it.
“We still have a lot left to do to the garage; it’s not in fighting shape yet,” Carolina smiles.
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