Fun Monday ~ The Story of Your Home and Road…

We live in a neighborhood in Washington State northeast of the city of Seattle. We are surrounded by new homes. Our home is the original home that was here by itself surrounded by trees and fields. It was part of  a nursery. The owners of this home finally sold all the property around it to a developer who built many homes on small parcels. There used to be a dirt road access to our home from the main busy road. New roads were built when the neighborhood was developed and access to our home is more convoluted. We moved into this house in 1998.

 

These 4 photos are the road that comes to the back side of our house and then the drive you have to come up to get to the front side of our home.  You could say we are the “sticks out like a sore thumb” house in the neighborhood. One of the major attractions we had to this old house was the detached garage/shop/barn. We have lots of  extra junk and cars (projects and hobbies) that fit in this extra space nicely. Our chain link fence is another thing that is different than all the new wooden fences in the neighborhood!

 

We’ve made several improvements to this old house but are now reconsidering what we want to do. We have put new siding on 1/3 of the home so the front and one side of the home are different than the back of the house.

 

This is the front of our house that you can’t see from the street. You can see the new siding we’ve added here. We are now seriously considering the idea of demolishing the house and rebuilding on this property. We have some heating challenges because of how old the house is and the way things were added on over the years. We also have very uneven floors and some flooding issues when we get big storms. We can only make a wild guess as to when the original part of the house was built. We tend to think it was in the ’60’s. But it wouldn’t surprise us if the original little section of the house that’s been added on to over the years is a lot older than that. The last addition that there are county records on shows the ’70’s.

 

I decided to add this photo taken from the inside of my house looking out my stairwell window. A pretty view of my neighbor’s Maple tree in the late fall (all her leaves land in my yard!) 🙂

Head over to Kitten’s homeschool on Monday to see more Fun Monday participants.

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13 thoughts on “Fun Monday ~ The Story of Your Home and Road…

  1. What a great FM Ellen….A home is great to get new stuff going all the time…always time for changes. What a story behind all the construction of new homes too!!! For me it’d be a choice of what I’d like best, a country road to my home OR a new development with paved streets. Love the picture taken from the stairway.

  2. I love your house, and you Christmas tour was fab. Hope you find a way to stop the floods, but even if you have to rebuild your views will be familiar so your memories will remain.

  3. Your house looks really nice and you want to take it down and rebuild completeley ? That will be a lot of work, for me a nightmare. Neighbor’s trees stripteasing into my garden I know too, lol !

  4. ah, flooding issues would make me want to rebuild, too. but how cool to live in an old orchard!

    my sister lives in seattle, and so does one of my nephews. and i have another sister in tacoma. so i know that part of the world pretty well.

    i love your views.

  5. If I lived in that house, I just know I would sit there and stare out that window all the time. What a lovely tree! I do like the color of that new siding, too. I’m with Peter, it would be a shame to have to demolish it and start over, but sometimes that’s just what you’ve got to do.

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