This is what the place looked like when I bought it. The largest construction dumpster has now been filled and it's possible to start seeing the possibilities.
For this stage of my life, 1,200 sq ft of single floor Ranch living suits me just fine. It's situated on 2 acres of land and is tucked between 2 Lake districts. I can listen to the water going over the damn without having to worry about Lake front property taxes.
Except for the kitchen, the house has lots of nice light. Once the busy wall paper is gone and the walls are a light, smoky gray, it'll look a lot better. My studio will be a large end room just off of this living room to the rear.
I turned 65 this Spring and sometimes forget just what age my body really is. A project like this will remind me many times, I'm sure. I've just spent 2 days re-building a rock wall and have muscles telling me that they've not been that abused in years!