In December of 2010 my husband and I had the opportunity to purchase a beautiful investment ranch property located at the base of the Big Horn Mountains in Wyoming. While the property itself was stunning, the buildings were an absolute mess including the main ranch house.
After the owner passed away, the house sat empty for at least 7 years. Somewhere a very large neon sign must have blinked OPEN to all mice in a 300 mile radius. Pretty much every surface was covered in mouse feces. The house also had quite a bit of furnishings still inside so anything cloth (mattresses, floor rugs, chairs, couches) not only were nasty from mouse poo but became fodder for nests. I could go on about the attic and basement also but I’m pretty sure you get the picture.
Over the last year the ranch house became our main focus. We found an architect, a general contractor and construction crew and because of some time crunches embarked on a whirlwind of a huge project which included a full gut and remodel. Although the other outbuildings are still in a state of neglect, we are now enjoying a very cozy, clean and remodeled ranch home.
For the next – who knows how many – blogs, I’ll be sharing the journey of our project. I learned so much about design and decorating through what was a very busy, chaotic, hectic, crazy (what other adjectives can I possibly find to describe this project) season and although it could be discouraging and frustrating at times, it was probably one of the more fulfilling endeavors I’ve been part of.