Setting Up The Homestead – Part 1

As I have mentioned in previous blogs, we are currently working on our biggest project to date – moving on to an old homestead and turning it into a productive farm again. Our first major step is renovating the old home into a shed for us to use for a multitude of things – we need a place to make maple syrup, a place to raise our baby chicks, a plant nursery to start up with each spring and LOTS of storage for holiday stuff, canning jars and baby clothes, among all else.

This place is PERFECT. It has a few different rooms, a hot water heater, and plumbing so we can do all these things and possibly more- but it has been pretty neglected and abused over the years. We have A LOT of work ahead of us to save this place and make it a not only useful, but integral part of our dream.

This is actually the second time we’ve gone…. I didn’t take any pictures the first time we went in and cleaned up. It was just kind of overwhelming to go into. The place reeked of musty air and cigarette smoke. It also was a mess from the previous family that had left suddenly due to their circumstances.

But after going in for a few hours and really surveying the damage, we feel pretty confidant that we can definitely do something with this.

We have so many things we need to get done in this house before we can do much of anything else. Moving onto a homestead is quickly becoming as intircate as a spider web.

This room will be our storage room for all things holidays, old baby stuff, etc. I had to tear shelving down and paint the whole thing, ceiling to floor.

The room Mr gills is renovating for our plant nursery! He tore down all the old walls, boarded up the windows, insulated the outside walls and started putting up new walls. We have a friend coming in to help rewire one of the old outlets, to be safe.

The kitchen which needs to be completely torn out and redone- to be our sugar shack for maple syrup season-  and the front long room which will be for garden equipment and chicken food and storage and our wood stove

Goodbye to the first floor we’re taking up!

This is just a small portion of the work we got done last weekend. As of yesterday they broke ground on where we’ll be setting our brand new home. And today we are going in to finish our storage room and start tearing out the kitchen.

Also, I have about 6 other blogs I’m currently working on. But as of this moment, I am going to go work on my first cuppa this morning and enjoy the steamy joe as it burns the dickens out of my throat.

Until next time, have a wicked good day!


Published by gillisgardensllc

This is the official website for Gillis Gardens, LLC. Gillis Gardens is a farm, run by myself and my wonderful husband. We believe in biodiversity, organic growing methods and doing things ourselves. I knit, crochet, make jewelry and sew. MrGillis builds, doing everything from our plumbing to our mechanical to our renovations. We are both active members of our little community. We both take care of the plants and animals. He weeds, I harvest. He spreads manure, I plant. We raise multiple breeds of chickens for eggs and meat. We have a herd of Alpacas that we shear every year for their beautiful fiber, which we then have milled into ultra luxurious yarn. We make our own maple syrup, preserves and pickles. We raise bees for honey and herbs for medicine. We also raise pigs for meat and fun. We are the parents of two young children, and consider that our most important job. Follow our adventures here and also on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

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