Reno-versary & the Cast of Characters

This week we celebrated our 6 month “Reno-versary. So many exciting things are happening and it’s exciting to see the old house going back together.

Tomorrow (Monday) the insulation is going in. All exterior walls will be insulated as well as the ceiling in the apartment and the attic walls,ceilings and storage. Drywall has been something we have dreamed about for a long time. It feels like a HUGE step in the renovation process. Walls? Yes we will have actual walls.

The renovation has been quite a family affair.

Steve aka the boss: He runs the show. He is the Chief and we are the Indians. He has skills and we all know it. He makes sure that the subs are all contacted, supplies are bought and delivered but most of all he is the talent behind the work. He knows what to do and how to do it. He amazes me with his talent. He is tireless and is an inspiration to his crew. 

Charma aka Steve’s assistant and designer: I do whatever Steve tells me to do when onsite at the house. At home after hours, I am the purchaser and the researcher. I know what I want the end product to look like and that takes time and perseverance.  I am the encourager and try to keep the morale up and positive. I work a part time job and have numerous extra curriculars that keep me hopping.


Vernon and Bea aka The Parents: Don’t tell me the people over 75 or 80 have nothing to give. These two have more than done their share of work at the old house. They are pretty much responsible for removing all the plaster and lathe in the 4400 sq ft house. This included hammering every square inch of plaster and then using a hammer and pry bar to remove every piece of lath individually. For the last 8 weeks that have removed, sanded, repaired, reglazed and reinstalled everyone of the old 113 year old windows. Not for the weak people. I even caught them on the lift scraping the upstairs windows this week. Mom also keeps us fed and in clean clothes. Don’t think for a minute her pure selflessness isn’t loved and appreciated.

The parents have a way more intense social life than Steve and I do. They are faithful (every single Tuesday) Taco Tuesday participants and you will see them out to eat on Friday nights.

Justin, Courtney and Kyle aka The Kids: Justin and Courtney will be getting married at the Old House in August. They have a vested interest that it’s not ugly. For weeks that have shown up and pulled weeds, moved mulch and worked on just about anything we have asked. Kyle doesn’t even live in Ocala and whenever he is in town, he faithfully pitches in. He has also been the “mover” each time we have had to move. I am pretty confident that when we move 1 more time, he won’t be disappointed.


Chris aka The Constant: We have for the most part renovated this house with the help of family minus the sub contractors but we were blessed to be able to bring Chris into the family of workers. He has done anything that Steve has asked him to do. Even if he wasn’t sure what or how to do it, he figured it out. He has been such a blessing. 

We have even had family visiting from Ohio that has come and put in hours. It’s unbelievable the amount of love we have been shown. Thanks is just not enough.


the girl excited to see the DRYWALL!!!!!






About Charmadawn

Jesus lover 💜 Wife of Steve for 36 years 💜 Mom to 2 grown kiddos 💜 BB to grandsons Jack, Luke and Patrick Joseph 💜5 years ago we purchased, Rescued and Restored a 118 year old farmhouse and we live together as a multigenerational household. Come follow our crazy. Isaiah 54:7
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1 Response to Reno-versary & the Cast of Characters

  1. Clark Yandle says:

    Thank you so much for your updates. I am so very happy to see a home saved. I love reading your descriptions of tasks and workers.


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