Recently I purchased an old home in Bozeman, Montana. The neighborhood is fabulous, blocks from Montana State University, Old trees, screened in porches and cracked sidewalks make this the most charming and sought after part of the city. I did what I could afford and bought the most run down home within a two mile radius of the university. I could see the potential. Now my journey begins.
My plan is to avoid turning the home into something unrecognizable. The past is important and should inform what an old building becomes so it is important that I be true to the bare bones of the home. I will be adding new doors and windows where there are previous signs of them. I'm seeking out environmentally friendly materials to sturdy up the structure. This is important as technology has come brought us a long way. Upcycling, rescue, repair, reuse and rethink are the guiding principles of my version of recycling. I continually track down abandoned unwanted objects from old wooden crates to forgotten farm building braces and give them a new lease on life. I see what what many people would call trash as rich raw material with a story.
I would like to see this home standing for another hundred years. Inside I plan to un-decorate. I do not have to add to improve - sometimes it's better to take away. I'm hoping to discover some history by peeling back layers of wallpaper and paint. I'm hoping I can get a glimpse of what my house has been through before I came along. I will be embarking on a voyage of discovery, and most likely a few headaches There's always a surprise when you un-decorate. Down the road I'm hoping to incorporate my treasures uniquely and responsibly. For now... The walls and roof are telling me.