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A-Frame Family Fun

FullSizeRenderHere’s our new (second) home! Investment, really. But we’ll have some fun in the meantime! Jameson keeps telling me not to get too attached because it’s an investment (he’s been married to me long enough to know that I was attached before we even made an offer!). We have been looking for a small lakehouse near skiing for a very long time. We looked around CT, in NY, in MA, RI, VT, NJ, everywhere! Thank goodness for patient children who don’t mind crazy last minute car ride adventures out of state!

After multiple offers (and multiple heartbreaks, for me) we are the proud new owners of an A-Frame lakehouse in Antrim, New Hampshire! I guess all things happen (or don’t happen) for a reason. We are about 20 minutes past Keene, NH, and about 30 minutes from Concord. We were originally looking in the Sunapee Lakes Region, but on a 2nd trip to that area, Jameson came across this little A-frame house that he wanted to see on the way up. Thankfully the listing agent let us in with just a few hours notice. I bet she didn’t think we’d be the one to buy her listing! We’re still about 30 minutes from Mt. Sunapee, and we’ve had a blast checking out the restaurants and the three nearby ski mountains over the last month!

Right now, we’re camping out in the living room. We don’t want to bring in beds etc. until the floors are done, and we can’t do that until the painting is done! The kids are having a blast ‘camping’ together on air mattresses, so no worries there.

We bought the house from a sweet elderly man who was ready to move on, away from steep stairs and ongoing projects! And as you can see from the photos, this is a BIG project! It’s in great shape, just needs a little LPT-TLC.

Here are the ‘before’ pics. We’re already on a roll…painting, sanding, pulling up old carpeting etc. And you should know that we’ve already fixed the horrible stove contraption!! Our pretty little 1977 (my birth year, yay!) Vermont Casting stove is now neatly tucked inside the fireplace.  And as for the multi-colored brown exterior paint job, Jameson will have that fixed by summertime!

So now we have a vintage little A-Frame for our vintage little camper to visit! And this time, I’ll post some before/after pics as we go.

main bedroom first floor

main bedroom first floor

kitchen (this already looks drastically different as well, thanks Jameson!). Think blue country kitchen!!

kitchen (this already looks drastically different as well, thanks Jameson!). Think blue country kitchen!!

The door at the fireplace goes to the basement, the door next to that is the main bedroom. Across the hall is the bath, which I don't have before pics on yet!

The door at the fireplace goes to the basement, the door next to that is the main bedroom. Across the hall is the bath, which I don’t have before pics on yet! And this crazy stove has already been fixed!

looking up to the loft from the living area

looking up to the loft from the living area

stairs from main area to loft area, stairs are tucked behind the fireplace

stairs from main area to loft area, stairs are tucked behind the fireplace

upstairs bedroom, looking out toward the loft area

upstairs bedroom, looking out toward the loft area

loft area, when you come up the stairs

loft area, when you come up the stairs

looking from fireplace to the slider-deck area

looking from fireplace to the slider-deck area. We’re adding another set of sliders here to really get a great view to the lake!

view from the deck

view from the deck during home inspection

deck view

deck view on our first weekend there – snowstorm!

Me standing near the dock (and the lone birch tree, which coincidentally is the name meaning of our street name!)

Me standing near the dock (and the ‘lone birch tree’, which coincidentally is the indian meaning of our street name!)

view from the dock

view from the dock

view from the parking area

view from the parking area

 

 


5 thoughts on “A-Frame Family Fun

  1. Dona Prindle

    16 Jan on 2015 at 2:24 pm

    Oh, Emily, I LOVE LOVE LOVE this little house – it is so you!
    Can’t wait to see the progression … Congrats!

  2. Melody

    16 Jan on 2015 at 2:49 pm

    Congratulations! This place looks great and with your touches will look amazing! 

  3. Ken Lukasiewicz

    16 Jan on 2015 at 2:50 pm

    Thanks for the photos. Looks like a good project for the family.

  4. Camille

    16 Jan on 2015 at 8:19 pm

    OMG this place is great.. can’t wait to see what you do with it….

  5. Barbara

    04 Feb on 2015 at 4:25 pm

    it looks great! I’m so happy for you:-) What a great winter to be located near 3 NH ski resorts.

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