2018 Home & Garden Tour Part 2: Our ¼-Acre Rancher


This is our 1/4-acre property that we're turning into a homestead and real modern farmhouse. Come along fora home & garden tour and watch the transformation! #hometour #farmhousetour #homesteading #modernfarmhouseIf you’ve been following us along for a while, you probably already know that we recently moved from our original house and homestead to our brand spankin’ new one! It’s super exciting for us because this is the first house we’ve actually bought and owned. And it’s also the first place Ryan and I have ever lived together that was completely empty when we moved in.

In the past we’ve always rented places that were full of furniture and other people’s items. Our last house (which I take you on a tour of here) was a 100-year-old farmhouse that had never been home to anyone outside of the family who originally built it. Built in 1914, it was passed down through the generations and accumulated literal tons of stuff over the decades: heavy old vintage furniture and decor pieces, old books and magazines and tools and Mason jars and all sorts of other things already filled the house when we moved in 3 years ago.

Before that, we lived in our suburban condo on the outskirts of Vancouver: a condo that we rented from my family when my grandmother moved out and into a home. And so that house, too, was already full of dining room sets and buffets, desks and side tables, clocks and dressers and bags and bags of stuff my grandma had seemingly bought, stored away and forgot about. (Plus a massive jewelry box full of Shopping Channel jewelry… I’m sure I’m not the only one with a grandma who had one of those;)

And before that we lived in Australia together, first on our friends’ couch, then in a tent, then in a more permanent tent on a concrete slab, then in a cockroach-infested double wide trailer, and finally in an old Victorian rooming house with about 4 or 5 other people.

Oh, and did I mention that we used to live in Vancouver where a basic single family home on a tiny plot of land costs upwards of a million dollars?

So ya, we were pretty stoked to get this place! Houses are still not cheap where we live, but they’re much cheaper than the city. And we’re making it work by converting our garage into a coach house to rent out.

 

The Grand Tour

This is our 1/4-acre property that we're turning into a homestead and real modern farmhouse. Come along fora home & garden tour and watch the transformation! #hometour #farmhousetour #homesteading #modernfarmhouse

This was the original photo on the listing for this house. See that big ol’ fenced garden in the front? It was love at first sight:)

The entire process, from making an offer on the house to actually moving in, took roughly 6 or 7 months. And we still have a lot of work to do on the place (right now the push is on to get the coach house done and get a renter in before Christmas). But we managed to renovate the interior from top to bottom, luckily because Ryan works as a manager for a building supply store and is incredibly handy, so we were able to renovate for about a quarter of the price it would normally cost.

This is our 1/4-acre property that we're turning into a homestead and real modern farmhouse. Come along fora home & garden tour and watch the transformation! #hometour #farmhousetour #homesteading #modernfarmhouse

This is the garage we’re converting into a coach house. It will serve as a rental suite to help us supplement our mortgage payments. As homesteaders, we’re always thinking about how our property can help provide for us!

The land itself needs some work. But that’s gonna need to wait until spring. The bones are good though, and although we are moving from a one-acre property to a ¼-acre plot of land, our new, smaller space actually has a lot more garden potential than the last place which was mostly lawn (which we didn’t exactly have the authority to tear up).

This is our 1/4-acre property that we're turning into a homestead and real modern farmhouse. Come along fora home & garden tour and watch the transformation! #hometour #farmhousetour #homesteading #modernfarmhouse

A view of the backyard. A greenhouse adds to the ample outdoor garden space at the front of the house.

The garden space was a huge selling point for us -especially for me- when we were looking at places. There’s a massive fenced garden in the front of the house where we get the most sun (and the most deer, hence the fencing).

This is our 1/4-acre property that we're turning into a homestead and real modern farmhouse. Come along fora home & garden tour and watch the transformation! #hometour #farmhousetour #homesteading #modernfarmhouse

There’s also a big established greenhouse with a giant raised bed in the backyard, plus lots of spaces around the house and property where we plan to grow our herbs, rhubarb, berries, flowers and other things of that nature.

This is our 1/4-acre property that we're turning into a homestead and real modern farmhouse. Come along fora home & garden tour and watch the transformation! #hometour #farmhousetour #homesteading #modernfarmhouse

We’ve got three huge rhubarb plants already as well as blackberries, red currants and a few different types of herbs. Plus an established hazelnut tree that we just recently discovered!

This is our 1/4-acre property that we're turning into a homestead and real modern farmhouse. Come along fora home & garden tour and watch the transformation! #hometour #farmhousetour #homesteading #modernfarmhouse

We also have a tool shed -which is an absolute necessity for Ryan- a lean-to which will act as our garden/potting shed and space outback to build another shed to house our seasonal items like outdoor cushions, summer toys, sleds and wagons.

This is our 1/4-acre property that we're turning into a homestead and real modern farmhouse. Come along fora home & garden tour and watch the transformation! #hometour #farmhousetour #homesteading #modernfarmhouse

Beside the tool shed, Ryan built a rabbit pen for our pet rabbit, whom we may or may not breed for meat rabbits in the future, depending on various factors.

This is our 1/4-acre property that we're turning into a homestead and real modern farmhouse. Come along fora home & garden tour and watch the transformation! #hometour #farmhousetour #homesteading #modernfarmhouse

This big boy’s our pet though. We adopted him from a shelter that took him in when he was abandoned in a cage outside of the hospital in our old hometown. I have a slight(ly intense) Alice in Wonderland obsession, so when I saw a giant white rabbit up for adoption a few years ago, I just had to.

This is our 1/4-acre property that we're turning into a homestead and real modern farmhouse. Come along fora home & garden tour and watch the transformation! #hometour #farmhousetour #homesteading #modernfarmhouse

We also have two lovely indoor kitties. And one day when we have our forever property, we’ll have lots of barn cats and I will eventually become a crazy cat, chicken, goat, rabbit and duck lady. But for now I’m just going to work on our gardens on this little ¼-acre plot:)

Now for the inside of the house…

 

Come On In!

This is our 1/4-acre property that we're turning into a homestead and real modern farmhouse. Come along fora home & garden tour and watch the transformation! #hometour #farmhousetour #homesteading #modernfarmhouse

The house is a 3-bedroom rancher, not much bigger than the condo where we lived in the city. This is ironic since I used to say that I loved our condo so much that if I could have picked it up and put it on a piece of land in the country, I would have happily lived there for years to come.

We also have a two-year-old daughter, Evelyn, and did have another baby on the way. Phoenix was due to be born just a couple weeks from now, but we lost him back in June. It’s been hard to look at the third bedroom knowing it was meant for him. One day it will belong to another little babe that we’ll welcome into our lives when the time is right. 

But my point to bringing up our children, is that I absolutely love that it’s a small rancher because I don’t have to put up baby gates or worry about stairs, and it takes way less time to clean up the kid-made mess at the end of the day.

So just like the gardens, the bones of the house itself were just what we were looking for. Basically, we lucked out big time. Oh ya, and the best part is that it’s on a cul-de-sac at the end of a no-thru road that backs onto a forest. Our old place was right on the busiest highway between the two nearest towns, so we are beyond grateful to be enjoying the peace and quiet at our new place.

But not everything was awesome right from the get-go. The interior needed some serious work to get it to where we wanted it to be. 

We took out a bathroom, removed part of a wall, re-floored and re-painted the entire place, redid the kitchen from top to bottom, shiplapped the master bedroom, built a custom built-in theatre system in our living room and took out the massive fireplace that took up what felt like ¼ of the living room (we’ll soon be putting in a wood stove I scored for FREE off of a local buy and sell page!) 

Here are some before and after photos of the inside…

This is our 1/4-acre property that we're turning into a homestead and real modern farmhouse. Come along fora home & garden tour and watch the transformation! #hometour #farmhousetour #homesteading #modernfarmhouse

This is our 1/4-acre property that we're turning into a homestead and real modern farmhouse. Come along fora home & garden tour and watch the transformation! #hometour #farmhousetour #homesteading #modernfarmhouse

The kitchen was one of the nicest areas of the house. The doors and cabinets were solid pine and the general layout of the kitchen was great for folks like me who do a lot of cooking, preserving and prep work in the kitchen. The skylight, sliding glass door and window over the kitchen sink make this a naturally bright space in the house.

This is our 1/4-acre property that we're turning into a homestead and real modern farmhouse. Come along fora home & garden tour and watch the transformation! #hometour #farmhousetour #homesteading #modernfarmhouse

This is our 1/4-acre property that we're turning into a homestead and real modern farmhouse. Come along fora home & garden tour and watch the transformation! #hometour #farmhousetour #homesteading #modernfarmhouse

This is our 1/4-acre property that we're turning into a homestead and real modern farmhouse. Come along fora home & garden tour and watch the transformation! #hometour #farmhousetour #homesteading #modernfarmhouseIn the end we decided to overhaul the kitchen and dining room anyway. We went with all white cabinets and countertops, white subway tile backsplash, stainless steel appliances and a new stainless steel farm sink, replaced the light fixtures and painted the walls a subtle sage green colour.This is our 1/4-acre property that we're turning into a homestead and real modern farmhouse. Come along fora home & garden tour and watch the transformation! #hometour #farmhousetour #homesteading #modernfarmhouseThis is our 1/4-acre property that we're turning into a homestead and real modern farmhouse. Come along fora home & garden tour and watch the transformation! #hometour #farmhousetour #homesteading #modernfarmhouseThis is our 1/4-acre property that we're turning into a homestead and real modern farmhouse. Come along fora home & garden tour and watch the transformation! #hometour #farmhousetour #homesteading #modernfarmhouse

As I write this, Ryan is installing the hardware on our cabinets: black rod iron handles to match our black rod iron look faucet (which looks amazing with our farm sink if I do say so myself;)

This is our 1/4-acre property that we're turning into a homestead and real modern farmhouse. Come along fora home & garden tour and watch the transformation! #hometour #farmhousetour #homesteading #modernfarmhouse

I’m so excited to finally have a window over the kitchen sink! I spend enough time here doing dishes that a window is a major bonus, and one I’ve never had before. It’s the simple things in life:)

This is our 1/4-acre property that we're turning into a homestead and real modern farmhouse. Come along fora home & garden tour and watch the transformation! #hometour #farmhousetour #homesteading #modernfarmhouseThe fireplace that was here was large and intrusive. It took up a good portion of the already small living room. This was one of the first things to go when we bought the place. We have yet to put in our new wood stove, but I can’t wait to heat our house with wood this winter!

This is our 1/4-acre property that we're turning into a homestead and real modern farmhouse. Come along fora home & garden tour and watch the transformation! #hometour #farmhousetour #homesteading #modernfarmhouseRyan built this floor-to-ceiling built-in home entertainment unit for us. The corner beside it is where that old fireplace was. The tile and wood stove is going in soon!This is our 1/4-acre property that we're turning into a homestead and real modern farmhouse. Come along fora home & garden tour and watch the transformation! #hometour #farmhousetour #homesteading #modernfarmhouse

This is our 1/4-acre property that we're turning into a homestead and real modern farmhouse. Come along fora home & garden tour and watch the transformation! #hometour #farmhousetour #homesteading #modernfarmhouseThis space apparently used to be a garage that the previous owners had closed in. It was total bonus space, but it was pretty segregated from the rest of the house and would have just ended up being a magnet for storage and clutter. So we opened up the wall between this room and the living room and turned it into an office for me. Now I have an awesome space to work on my blog without interruption!This is our 1/4-acre property that we're turning into a homestead and real modern farmhouse. Come along fora home & garden tour and watch the transformation! #hometour #farmhousetour #homesteading #modernfarmhouse

Lol. Just kidding. It’s just one more space for my child to drive me crazy while I’m trying to get work done:)

This is our 1/4-acre property that we're turning into a homestead and real modern farmhouse. Come along fora home & garden tour and watch the transformation! #hometour #farmhousetour #homesteading #modernfarmhouseYou can see the doorway we cut to connect the living room to the new office space in the background. There’s much more of a flow in the house now that the rooms aren’t so cut off from each other.

This is our 1/4-acre property that we're turning into a homestead and real modern farmhouse. Come along fora home & garden tour and watch the transformation! #hometour #farmhousetour #homesteading #modernfarmhouseAfter doing laundry in a spidery basement for the past 3 years (and sharing a laundry room before that) I was over-the-moon about having an actual laundry room in this house. I figured I might even enjoy doing laundry now!

So far that has not proven to be true. But I do enjoy it a heck of a lot more than I used to.

That extra bathroom in the corner though? That had to go. We only need one bathroom, but we have definitely learned we need more storage space. So we pulled out that bathroom and put in storage shelves and a laundry sink. This is our 1/4-acre property that we're turning into a homestead and real modern farmhouse. Come along fora home & garden tour and watch the transformation! #hometour #farmhousetour #homesteading #modernfarmhouse
It’s a bit of a mess at the moment. But it’s a great place to store all of my canning jars as well as our canners and dehydrator.

This is our 1/4-acre property that we're turning into a homestead and real modern farmhouse. Come along fora home & garden tour and watch the transformation! #hometour #farmhousetour #homesteading #modernfarmhouse

The bedrooms are pretty basic. This first pic is of the master bedroom, and trust me, there was nothing special about it! But we made it more inviting by redoing the floors, painting the walls dark grey, installing white shiplap on the back wall and putting in soft mood lighting. Ryan says it’s like a cozy cave now. I agree:)

This is our 1/4-acre property that we're turning into a homestead and real modern farmhouse. Come along fora home & garden tour and watch the transformation! #hometour #farmhousetour #homesteading #modernfarmhouse

Yes, that’s my child watching Peppa Pig in our bed while I take photos. Otherwise said photos would have just been picture of toys spread all over the house. All the mamas out there, you know what I’m talkin’ about.

This is our 1/4-acre property that we're turning into a homestead and real modern farmhouse. Come along fora home & garden tour and watch the transformation! #hometour #farmhousetour #homesteading #modernfarmhouse

This bedroom (which is now Evelyn’s room) had perhaps the ugliest carpet I have ever seen. But we took care of that too:)This is our 1/4-acre property that we're turning into a homestead and real modern farmhouse. Come along fora home & garden tour and watch the transformation! #hometour #farmhousetour #homesteading #modernfarmhouse

There is literally always a tea party happening in here.This is our 1/4-acre property that we're turning into a homestead and real modern farmhouse. Come along fora home & garden tour and watch the transformation! #hometour #farmhousetour #homesteading #modernfarmhouse

There were no closet doors on any of the bedroom closets either, so we added mirrored doors to make the rooms look bigger. This last bedroom was intended for our son. It will one day fulfill its purpose as a nursery.This is our 1/4-acre property that we're turning into a homestead and real modern farmhouse. Come along fora home & garden tour and watch the transformation! #hometour #farmhousetour #homesteading #modernfarmhouse

For now it’s just a spare room for storage and such.

 

Y’all Come Back Now!

This is our 1/4-acre property that we're turning into a homestead and real modern farmhouse. Come along fora home & garden tour and watch the transformation! #hometour #farmhousetour #homesteading #modernfarmhouse

So that’s pretty much the tour of the whole house (save for the bathroom, which is pretty standard too and which we never bothered renovating because we were using it to shower while living in the old house without a shower. Read more about that in Part 1 of this post).

Next year we plan to go hard on the gardens and outdoor area, but for now we’re busy with finishing touches, with getting the coach house up and running and with finishing renovations on the old place. As well as getting rid of about half of everything we own so we can fit comfortably in this house without all of the unnecessary clutter!

I’m so honoured to have had the opportunity to open my doors to you at last, and to share in the next leg of our journey with you. 

While this isn’t intended to be our forever home, it suits us just fine right now and I’m very excited to turn it into a small but mighty functioning homestead over the coming years. And I’m even more excited to share the transformation with you every step of the way.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

The House & Homestead

 

 

 


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3 Comments

  1. Lynda Lu Gibb

    I have been blessed watching the changes you have experienced while living in our “back yard”.Although I am very happy for you and your family to have your first home , watching your excitement , and disappointments along the way as well, it selfishly saddens me that we won’t be on the frontlines anymore.. I hope we will be able to stay connected and I think we will.. but it just won’t be the same..Enjoy this “season’ OF YOUR LIVES..as you already have stated firsts only happen once!

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  2. Gretchen

    Anna, I am happy for your new home! Wishing you all the wonderful blessings of a home of your own.
    I am in the last weeks of a three+ year renovation/restoration of a 1910 2700 sq. ft. farmhouse. The house was originally built w/no indoor bathroom… but it did come with a three-seater outhouse ?

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    • Anna Sakawsky

      Oh wow! Congratulations on being almost finished! The old place we lived in also was built without indoor plumbing and they added a bathroom on later on. The brick chimney in the kitchen was the original chimney but they built an addition to accommodate the bathroom, hence why it’s now indoors. It really was a funky house, but we’re super excited to own our own place now and have total control over what we do with it:)

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ABOUT ANNA
Hi! I’m Anna, and I’m a city girl turned modern homesteader who’s passionate about growing, cooking and preserving real food at home, creating my own herbal medicine and all-natural home and body care products, and working toward a simpler, more sustainable and self-sufficient life each and every day. 
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“Tauruses born on May 18 are characterized by love of freedom and independence…They possess extraordinary creative energy, and they are never without an important cause to champion. They enjoy taking risks, but only when they believe the risk really matters.

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Plus, don't miss my masterclass where I teach you everything you need to know to grow a BUMPER CROP OF TOMATOES in your backyard! 🍅🍅🍅⁠

From starting your seeds to planting out and caring for your tomato plants all season long, I'll show you the exact method we use to grow hundreds of pounds of tomatoes at home for fresh eating and preserving each year.⁠

The summit officially starts TODAY! If you haven't registered yet, click the link in my bio @thehouseandhomestead or go to https://thehouseandhomestead.com/bvgs to save your seat and start watching and learning right away!
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“When I think of self-reliance, I think of any ability to rely less on ‘the system.’”

I sat down with Ashley Constance from @dirtypawshomestead and the @alittleselfreliant podcast to talk about what it means to be self-reliant, if it’s even possible to be 100% self-reliant and why it’s a goal worth striving for even if complete and total self-reliance isn’t possible.

Be sure to check out the full interview in the latest issue of Modern Homesteading Magazine!

Subscribe @ modernhomesteadingnmagazine.com

I’d love to know, what are you currently doing to become a little (more) self-reliant? Let me know in the comments!👇
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What self-reliance skills do YOU want to learn most??

If you've been reading my posts or getting my emails lately, you've probably heard me mention my brand new private membership program called the Society of Self-Reliance, which is set to launch for the first time TOMORROW!!!

I'm so excited about this project as it's something I've been dreaming of creating for a long time. With everything going on in the world right now, I knew I had to stop overthinking it and just go for it!

The membership will include video lessons and downloads on a wide range of topics related to homesteading and self-reliant living, as well as a private community message board (ie. OFF social media;)

Each month we'll focus on a different theme or aspect of self-reliance, and then once a month we'll get together for a live group coaching call to discuss that month's topic (and whatever other questions you have and self-reliance topics you'd like to discuss!)

Since we're just starting out, I'm offering new members a special introductory rate of just $20/month. This is the only time I plan on offering it for this price, so if you want to get in and lock in at this rate, you'll be able to do so as soon as the doors open tomorrow!

If you haven't yet joined the waitlist, click the link in my bio @thehouseandhomestead or go to https://thehouseandhomestead.com/society to add your name and save your spot. Waitlist members will be the first to know when enrollment opens tomorrow morning!

Hopefully you're just as excited as I am about this new venture! I've already got the first 8 video lessons up, as well as a few sweet bonuses too:)

We'll be kicking things off with the theme "Grow Your Own Groceries," and then we'll move into other topics like herbal medicine and food preservation over the summer months. But I'd also love to know from you, what self-reliance topics would YOU like to learn most over the next few months?

Let me know below 👇

I hope to see you inside!
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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what it really means to be "self-reliant."

We talk a lot about self-reliance (or self-sufficiency) in the homesteading community, and outwardly it may seem as if the goal of "achieving" self-reliance is what ultimately drives many of us to live this lifestyle in the first place.

But what does self-reliance look like in the 21st century? Is it actually achievable, or just a pipe dream?

Is it even possible to be truly self-reliant?

A few years ago, Forbes published an article titled Dear Homesteaders, Self-Reliance is a Delusion.

In the article, the author argues that "self-reliance is for the most part a myth. Unless they live in an extremely remote region, use all homemade tools, and will refuse the safety net if they need it, most homesteaders are far from self-reliant."

While he makes some compelling points, but I've always felt as if he missed the point of what self-reliance actually means in real life.

No man (or woman) is an island. None of us can ever be 100% self-reliant without ever relying on anyone other than ourselves. But that doesn't mean that we should give up trying altogether.

Even one small step toward being more self-sufficient is a step in the right direction.

Maybe the point is not to ever BECOME self-reliant, but rather to become MORE self-reliant as we progress on our journey. Maybe self-reliance isn't a destination, but a pursuit.

Like just about everything that's worth doing, working toward greater self-reliance and independence is worth doing imperfectly. It's better to take a single step in the right direction than no step at all.

I decided to unpack this in more detail on the blog this week. (Link in bio @thehouseandhomestead or go to thehouseandhomestead.com/what-is-self-reliance to read the full article).

With the doors to the Society of Self-Reliance opening in just a couple more days, I wanted to be sure I can confidently provide an answer to the question "what is self-reliance?"

But I’d also love to hear what YOU think!

Is self-reliance just a delusion? Is it an achievable goal? Or is it more about the journey than the destination?

Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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🌱 Have you started any seeds yet?

If not, NOW is the time!

March is a great time to start tomato seeds, peppers, lettuce, brassicas (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, etc.) and direct sow peas in most gardening zones.

Starting from seed is exponentially cheaper than buying starts from the nursery, especially is you’re growing on a larger scale. But seed starting supplies can add up quickly if you’re not careful.

In the spring issue of Modern Homesteading Magazine, contributor Kayla Adams of @oatsandhoneyhomestead shares her best tips for finding cheap or even free seed starting supplies. From pots and lighting options to soil and the seeds themselves, Kayla covers everything you *actually* need to start your edible garden completely from seed (and not break the bank).

Check out the full article, along with a preview of the spring issue at modernhomesteadingmagazine.com

Link in bio @thehouseandhomestead to SUBSCRIBE or login to the magazine library and read the full issue (for current subscribers).

What are you MOST excited to grow in your garden this year??

Let me know! 👇

#seedstarting #seeds #springgardening #growyourowngroceries
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