A Farmhouse with History
We are so excited to be creating the Steiger Family Farms Homestead. We purchased our home that was built in 1900 on one acre in the summer of 2020. Amazingly, this farmhouse has only been a home to three families before our own. It was the orginal homestead on our hill. The original homestead included over 200 acres. Overtime the acreage was sold off and other homes were built. The road in front of our house was actually added after our home and there is a tunnel under the road by the barn that was put there so the cows could access the pasture on the other side.
The farmhouse has seen a few additions and reductions over the years. From what we can tell, the current kitchen is an addition because it has a crawl space while the rest of the house has a stone basement. In some old pictures of the house, there was also a mudroom off of the kitchen. That has since been removed. We are looking forward to learning more about the history of this home.
Since moving in, we have completed a few renovations. We’ve painted nearly every room and redid the flooring in the upstairs bedrooms. To our surprise, we found original hardwood floors in the bedrooms!
New and Restored Flooring
The hardwood in the two smaller rooms was a plank style hardwood so we decided to go ahead and put in new carpet since it would make the rooms warmer for our daughter and future children. In the master bedroom, we decided to restore the hardwood. My husband sanded through many layers of paint to bring it to its former glory. It’s not fancy hardwood, but the gaps and imperfections fit perfectly with the farmhouse.
The other big immediate renovation project was the kitchen. While the cabinetry was wonderful, the countertops were awful. They were uneven tile countertops. I simply could not imagine prepping our food on them. Food was stuck in the grout and cracks in the tile. We pulled them out a few days within moving in and lived with plywood countertops while we waited for the granite to be installed.
The Big White Barn
One of the things that drew us to this property is the beautiful old wooden barn. We believe it may have been built prior to the farmhouse. It was originally a dairy barn. Unfortunately, over the years it has begun to lean and the concrete walls in the lower half are beginning to crumble. It is our hope to restore it to its former glory so that it can house our future livestock.
Hopes for the Future
As we look towards the coming years, we hope to restore the barn, make a few renovations in the farmhouse, and begin raising live stock such as chick, goat, sheep, and hogs on the property. In addition to livestock, we will be adding garden plots. We are excited to share our journey with you.