Friday, June 26

Home for Sale



Built in 1791 by Asa Shepherd, a first settler in what would later be Oneida County, this 3,354 sq ft home on almost two acres in desirable Sauquoit, NY has five bedrooms and three baths.


Beautiful character fills this home, from the hand hewn beams of the kitchen ceiling to the wide plank floors and tin ceilings.   The bricks in the kitchen hearth were hand made, with fingerprints over two hundred years old still visible in some of them.

A .99 bag of cranberries for the eight year old, needle and embroidery floss made a cheery strand above the coal stove. house1


The last eight years have been spent making this solid home into a beautiful one, with a chef's kitchen, refinished hard pine floors, a first floor master suite with master bedroom, walk in closet, large attached office/sitting room and full bath with a copper soaking tub.

Large dining room is open to the kitchen. 
White marble living room fireplace.

Upstairs is laundry, two more remodeled full baths, four bedrooms and a huge bonus room.
Got up while the house slept to air out this side of the house and give it a good scrub down, expecting loads of sawdust everywhere but our floor guy cleaned up so well after he was finished! #floors #plank #ahannahandseanproject #oldhouse #oldhouselove #
Refinished plank floors downstairs.

Adding a little bit of beauty to the front door this morning.  #brass

There may be kid litter on the floor below me and laundry behind me waiting to be folded but this bit of beauty caught me on the way downstairs. #interiorthursdays #interiordesign #oldhouse #oldhouselove

Entryway light, ceiling and seven foot tall double doors.


Kitchen has bluestone countertops, island prep sink, stainless and black appliances, double ovens, and top of the line shaker cabinets. Floor is original hickory plank.


Hearth wall in kitchen, chimney is lined for use. Huge walk in pantry room to the left of the hearth.


Two days of insanity for the first showing. It took slowly banishing small humanoids from each room as it  was cleaned until we were all gated in the kitchen to get us here. Showing a big house with many children is not for the faint of heart but hallelujdiningroom1

Large, bright dining room, refinished plank floors, tin ceiling.



Almost finished. #marble #subwaytile #fireplace #ahannahandseanproject #decor #decorating #livingroom

Spacious living room with bright, natural light, working marble subway tile fireplace,
beamed ceiling and wall of bookcases.
 Chimney is lined for use.
Upstairs bonus room.
Large, bright, built in workstation for the kid's homework or computer and this room
 has a secret entrance just for added fun.


Oh you pretty little bathroom you. So far you've come since blue flowered linoleum and Mother Mary Blue everything. Now only your tin ceiling and antique mirror give a subtle nod to your past. The second full upstairs bathroom.


Bedroom #1. Sunny and spacious with its own attached bath.



Bedroom #1 bath  Cork flooring, spacious shower, new vanity, toilet, fixtures.


Bedroom #2 Lots of natural light, huge picture window, built in loft bed, built in bookshelves.




Bedroom #3. Huge space with lots of gorgeous natural light, large closet.


Bedroom #4.  Large closet, lots of natural light throughout the day. Beadboard ceiling and schoolhouse lights add to its character.

Master bedroom with walk in closet, hand stenciled floor, original tin ceiling and beautiful natural light.



Master Suite room #2, perfect office space, nursery, craft room....

 Master bath with Italian tile, copper soaking tub with custom copper faucet,
pedestal sink and chandelier.


More cleaned up door hardware beauty.
Some of the antique hardware found throughout the home.

Thanks to pinterest, our mudroom is clean and tidy. Copper pipe and curtain rings hanging mittens and hats, boot racks to hang boots, coat hooks for everyone and bins for ski boots and little kiddo mittens.

Mudroom conveniently located off the back deck entrance with boot racks, cast iron coat
hooks and plenty of room for all the kid's sport gear.

#Oregano. Can't help but love it. It comes back every year lusher than the last.

This property has established fruit trees including five varieties of apple, cherry, plumb, Asian pear, berry bushes including red currant, black cap, raspberries and blackberries, mulberry bush, cranberry, strawberries, rhubarb, an herb garden, tons of perennial plants.

This home sits on just under 2 acres with lovely neighbors, on a quiet country road, in a great school district
.  Taxes are roughly $3500 yr
Sauquoit schools.

All new water systems, new well, new natural gas furnace and an oil furnace less than ten yrs, option to heat with wood in either of the two lined chimneys. Home has been remodeled and restored throughout with additional spray foam insulation added to exterior walls during renovation.
Cellar is dry with concrete floor, an automatic sump pump, and tornado shelter.

Home has new gutters, woodshed attached to rear of garage, full workshop attached to the garage, and a gazebo in the yard.

Stone and block foundation, cedar shake siding, two porches and rear deck, vinyl replacement windows, new landscaping.

Priced to sell at $269,900.  Private showing for preapproved buyers. Open house dates to be announced.
Contact Sean at (315) 601-1403

The last of our sugar maple's glory till spring when they drip out sweet sap for us to boil.

 The sugar maples in autumn. 

Early morning view from the kitchen window. 
One of His new mercies this #morning. #nofilter The views, sunsets and sunrises from this property are wonderful.

The following links mention the original settler who built this home, Asa Shepherd.
1. Rootsweb
2.Google Books, mentioning Asa as one of the "three boy pioneers"
3. Our Country and It's People

Monday, June 15

Dear Elisabeth

“If we hold tightly to anything given to us unwilling to allow it to be used as the Giver means it to be used we stunt the growth of the soul. What God gives us is not necessarily "ours" but only ours to offer back to him, ours to relinquish, ours to lose, ours to let go of, if we want to be our true selves. Many deaths must go into reaching our maturity in Christ, many letting goes.”
We are having this kind of morning.

Saturday, April 18

The Big Boy's Bedroom

This room was a lot of fun to do. I learned how to use an air nailer, cut and hang window casings and mouldings and I can't WAIT to show my boys. This is the only time I ever expect it to be so tidy. :) wait till you see what the inside of their closet lo

Just used this beast. It is half as big as I am and weighs almost as much. Had to sit on the board to hold it still but that miserable corner cut is done. #dewalt #DIY  The older two boys share a bedroom which we made from two small bedrooms about five years ago.  Life happened and it kind of lingered not-quite-done.
On a whim, I had them clean (it took All. Day.) and then we swept and got to work.  All remnants of cream to brown paints were dumped into a 5 gallon Lowes bucket and stirred until I liked how it looked.  I think in all, we used up about 8 part empty paint cans which was a wonderful feeling.  Less clutter on my paint shelf! 
The floor was painted a few years back and as hard as my boys play, I knew re-painting it was a hopeless cause.#Rug striping success. #diy #remodel  I did have a plain sisal rug which spent time in our living room and had stains.  Painter's tape, scrap paper and two cans of dark brown spray paint later and it had new life and new home in the boy's room.

The boys hooked up the air compressor for me and Aiden kept me stocked with nails in the air nailer whenever I shouted that, "hey, I'm out of ammo!" and with the compound miter saw humming and nailer popping, we finished the window casings, crown and floor mouldings.

Happiness for a nesting thrifty mama is dumping gallons and quarts of leftover #paint into a bucket and getting *just* the right color for the bigger boy's bedroom. Next up, tackling the air nailer (which I carry a healthy fear of) and figuring out trim a
Needs paint and a nothing a little white caulk won't hide. Hello trim! It's only been six years...

At this point I banned the boys from the room.  New bed frames (Wally-world online with free delivery), some time on the sewing machine sewing curtains for four windows and two pillow cases (fabric from Jo-ann's), freezer paper stencil artwork for above their beds ($3 yard sale bulletin boards)and a freehand Yoda on an old canvas and most of the room was done.  Simple bedding, I found at Target ($40 for it all) and also came across a clearance steel outdoor table ($16) which made me go, "hmmm..." and back to the toy department for a lego panel I had seen.

  Lego mat, super glue and clearance steel outdoor table = custom #lego table for my lego boy.Home with some super glue and a Lego table was born. 
Black bins (Target also) on shelves hold their clothes.

They loved my HGTV-esque reveal and altogether it cost about $300.