We are very slowly just starting to get one small, itty bitty section cleaned up. Baby steps, friends…baby steps.

The carriage house had an apartment on the main level, the upper level and even in the basement (it was the WORST). The upper level is our home for the next 2 years as we complete the main house (more pictures coming on that later). The main level will be our garage (new garage doors are on their way). And the lower level will just be storage. Although it is now storage that I am willing to walk into alone. (Seriously…the basement was the absolute worst thing ever.) One entire 30 yard dumpster later, a single light bulb in each room and we have something that looks decent. After I wrote this post, took all the photos and hit “publish” I realized this basement still looks pretty bad to some. Baby steps!








  • April 16, 2015 Reply

    Paul Quick

    I live in Charlotte NC but was raised in Mishawaka, and have been following your progress. I admire you for what you are doing When that house became available if I had the resources I would have moved bad to just what you are doing. Thank you for saving some history.

  • April 17, 2015 Reply


    i love it! Thank you for sharing your journey with us! I would love to buy an old home & bring it back to life! However, my husband refuses! 🙂

  • April 17, 2015 Reply


    I think it looks amazing!!!!

  • April 17, 2015 Reply


    It looks dry.

  • April 18, 2015 Reply


    The basement looks scary!!!

  • April 18, 2015 Reply

    Tammy Fike

    Basements are always scarey but at least it’s dry! That shower was super scary!

  • April 18, 2015 Reply


    Baby Steps…..One step at a time, and before you know it your home will look like a palace 🙂

  • April 25, 2015 Reply

    Melinda Evans

    I am so very excited for you! I will be following your progress and hopefully your footsteps too someday. One of these days I will stop by and introduce myself and lend a hand if you need it that day. My great aunt owned the house catty corner from you to the right of the Oliver Mansion. Her name was Agnes Wunsch and her husband was Bill Wunsch-I have some great local legend for you.

  • August 20, 2015 Reply

    Libby Huffer

    I am a Photographer and would absolutely LOVE to take some pictures throughout your house. Especially in the basement. I do a lot of “spooky self portraits” in settings like that.
    Ooh I’m so inspired just thinking about it!

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