As long as we could remember, we’ve always wanted to own a home. We knew that the lucky house slated to be our first would certainly be a fixer upper and, on April 17, 2012, we finally spotted what would be the next chapter in our lives. This house was built in 1865 — typical for this area of Maine — and was in need of some serious TLC. It’s a New England farmhouse-style, 3-bedroom, 1-bath , 2-story diamond in the rough that has been neglected, abused and left to fend for itself in the hands of Freddie Mac’s foreclosure department. The price was unbelievably low and we couldn’t let this opportunity pass us by without giving it our best shot. Buying a foreclosed home was a challenge (and one that we never anticipated that we would have to face). As first-time home buyers, we had heard the stories of what others had been through and were warned up front that this might not be an easy or quick process. 6 months later, after meeting, calling, emailing, faxing, waiting, and anticipating, we officially closed on our own starter home and began the journey of Rebuilding Broadway. Here is the home as it stands today. It’s going to be a constant work in progress and we invite you into our thoughts, images, experiments, mistakes and successes. – j&d
Click on the links below to see the transformation of each room.