My Dad and His Old House Tour

There's a lot of life that goes on behind blogging.
 I think about that all the time.


I've talked about my Dad lots of times on this blog.
He is a master of restoring, painting, decorating ... and he does it all by himself.

My Dad is 75.
His house is 104 years old.
She's an American Foursquare in Lockhart, TX.
(I stole pictures from MLS
Here's the listing.)


When he first bought this house it was so ugly you can't even begin to imagine!

We were out walking one day and he said, "What do you think about that house?"

I told him it looked like a lot of work.
Then he told me he had already bought it. 
He had just finished a smaller house a few streets over.

I guess he was bored and needed a new project. :)


He has restored about 90% of the house and now she's really beautiful!


This old house has been part of local home tours twice.
The yard has been part of the local garden tours twice too.
Dad's a Texas Master Gardener.


The life part is that Dad has had Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia and went through chemo in 2013.

He's well!! He is cancer free.
This picture below was captured with my phone when he had a Bell Ringing for his last chemo treatment.



Priorities change a little when you've been sick.
He's ready to downsize and spend less time working and more time playing.


So this old beautiful home is for sale.
Including the old gas stove that bakes a mean buttermilk pie!


I'm really going to miss her!!
But I'm so thankful to still have my Dad.


In a day or two I want to show you something else he restores. :)

Linking with:
Be Inspired at Common Ground
Friday's Unfolded at Nancherrow
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage


57 comments

  1. OMG - that is an AMAZING house ( and your Dad sounds just as amazing )
    I do a weekly series on mostly heritage houses so this really got me!!!
    Just beautiful - thanks so much for sharing -
    Visiting from Debra's over at Common Ground
    Hugs from Montreal
    Suzan

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  2. What a beautiful home! What talent your Daddy has too... I am so thankful that he is cancer free and looking forward to enjoying life all the more.
    What a sweet Dad...I miss mine everyday.


    Hugs!

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  3. Lovely home, and so glad you dad is doing well!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  4. What a gorgeous house! But I totally understand him....a lot of work. Some one is going to be very happy homeowner!

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  5. So glad your dad is so much better! That's a gorgeous house, and that stove!!! I can't quit looking at it! Beautiful! Houses are a lot of work though, so I can totally understand him wanting to downsize. I'm going back to look at the pics again now...it's so pretty! Oh, and now I REALLY want a buttermilk pie. :)

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  6. What a fabulous house and your dad is amazing too. Hugs, Marty

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  7. Wow...your dad is amazing!...and so happy to hear he is cancer free...that is a gorgeous house and glad he has decided to have more fun!...

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  8. Simply gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing this beautiful home and your courageous Dad's story. I know this home will be such a blessing to the next owner because it was restored with patience and love.

    Blessings!

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  9. A beautiful home and an amazing Dad!
    Thanks for sharing these precious moments and praying Dad lives a long healthy life (whilst restoring to his heart content or maybe gardening?)
    Blessings,

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  10. Beautiful home and a sweet story about your dad.

    I had to laugh as I read his age. At one time, 75 sounded really old to me. But, now that I am 65, it doesn't sound so old. This morning I played singles tennis with my regular partner who will be 70 in just 2 months. There are very few singles players at our tennis club (all the leagues are doubles) and none of the singles players are our age.

    You dad sounds like an amazing man.

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  11. That house is so pretty. We should all have his energy. Can't wait to see more of what he has done. So happy to hear he beat cancer, my Mom was a survivor too.

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  12. Wow ~ God bless him, Stacey! That is a gorgeous looking house and I'm sure it is thanks to him. I could see my husband doing something like this. He needs projects and with no hobbies he is going to need something to keep him busy when he gets to where he wants to retire. He is just on vacation this week and is restless {and driving me nuts!}.

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  13. Your dad is one amazing man! What a beautiful home. So happy to hear he is cancer free.

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  14. Your dad does beautiful work! Can he come over to my 1880 house and finish some projects?

    Would love for you to share at Fridays Unfolded!

    Alison
    Nancherrow

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  15. What an amazing home! And so glad your dad is cancer free and doing well.
    PS Finally we know where you got your gardening genes;)

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  16. What a beautiful home. I love the old fashioned bedrooms. The kitchen is a dream come true. Thanks for sharing and thank you for visiting My Cozy Corner.
    Joyously,
    Betty@My Cozy Corner

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  17. What a lovely old home! I love the older houses with all the old charm! Some one will be a lucky new home owner!

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  18. I followed a link-up from Nancherrow.

    What an amazing house! Your dad did a beautiful job. I live in an American Foursquare built in 1920. Ours isn't as big or as ornate.

    I am glad that your dad survived cancer and that you will have him by your side a little longer. <3

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  19. WOW! What an amazing house! Love all that charm!

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  20. Also, I host a link-up party every Friday called Whatever is Lovely. I would love for you to join in the fun!

    www.beautyobserved.com

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  21. OH Stacey...How blessed you are to still have your Daddy! So glad his treatments are over and he is well!! He is so talented and his home is beautiful. How proud you must be of his accomplishments. Nice to find out the behind the scenes of my blogging friends. Will be praying for his move..can't be easy to leave a home his has worked so hard on but I bet this beauty sells fast! Loved your post!
    Miss Bloomers

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  22. Now we know where you get your creativity from! :) What an amazing man! This home is absolutely gorgeous! He did an amazing job. And Praise the Lord he is cancer free!

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  23. What a beautiful house your dad has restored and Praise the Lord that he is cancer free. I share your joy as I was overjoyed when my dad rang that bell last summer!

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  24. This is such a beautiful house and your father is an amazing man! I am so happy that he is cancer free, he has many more great years ahead of him! And a master gardener? I see where you get your green thumb! :)

    XO,
    Jane

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  25. I am glad your Dad is doing great! Surfed in through Lavendar Dreams and am enjoying looking at all your pretty pictures here! I also see you just finished Fannie Flagg's new book as well......WASNT THAT JUST THE BEST BOOK??! loved it!

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  26. Now THAT is what I call a HOUSE! :) The older homes with all of their beautiful woodwork and details have so much character...how wonderful that he found one to pour his talents into. I am glad that he is all well now and though it is sad to give up that large home I can certainly understand him wanting to relax and downsize a bit! :)

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  27. Stacey Nell, your dad told me about the house last year but he understated it, as is his way :) I'm sitting here thinking I live right down the road and haven't even seen it...or all our relative in Lockhart. Thanks for sharing and next time you go see Uncle Doug, please let me know if you have time for coffee and I'll run right over. Love you, ML

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  28. It's so good to hear news of your Dad beating cancer! What an encouragement, especially for those in their later years battling it. I pray you all get many many wonderful years of enjoying each other. Love that house and the adorable stove! I'm craving Buttermilk pie now, just so ya know! xoxo

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  29. First let me say that I am so glad your dad is doing well. You are right, priorities do change and it looks like he has worked hard his whole life, time to relax and enjoy! Secondly, I adore that house, the kitchen...oh my, love it! He does gorgeous work! As much as his priorities have changed, what do you want to bet he will have a hard time not tweaking the next place? Sometimes it's just in your blood:>)

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  30. Your Dad sounds like a one-of-a-kind. Wish there were more men blogging about renovation efforts like this. What a beautiful home. Hope he gets tip top price and, even if he decides to rest up a bit, perhaps he can blog about any new projects. Best wishes!

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  31. What a beautiful home! Congrats on your dad being cancer free!

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  32. What a beautiful home and he has put so much hard work into restoring it. Your Uncle Tommie raves about how nice it all looks each time he goes for a visit. Hope I can get there soon. Love you Stacey, Aunt Phyllis

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  33. Such a beautiful home!

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  34. What a beautiful house, Stacey! I would hate to see it sold, too.

    Can't wait to see what else you're going to share! :)

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  36. Your dad is so talented and you are lucky to have him. If I wasn't in the piney woods of east Texas, I might just 'be' in the market for a new house like your dad's.

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  37. Your dad is so talented and you are lucky to have him. If I wasn't in the piney woods of east Texas, I might just 'be' in the market for a new house like your dad's.

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  38. Congratulations to your dad on being a cancer survivor! I hope he has many more years of being cancer free too. My FIL is dealing with lung cancer that keeps coming back. That is a beautiful home he restored! You're lucky to have a dad that is so talented.

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  39. What an amazing home Stacey. :) It's not just hard work, but a lot of love that makes a house like that a home.
    Beautiful!

    Congrats on the cancer free news! :)
    That is fantastic!

    ~Liz

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  40. Soooo happy for your dad...he sounds like quite the fellow, so talented! What a beautiful, beautiful home. I hope it sells quickly to someone who will continue to love and honor it's history, just like your dad. Jane

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  41. What a great post about your dad. That kitchen is nothing short of amazing. Downsizing is hard but in the end it's always the best thing. Life for your Dad will be so much easier!

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  42. Hi Stacey! First of all, praise the Lord you're daddy is cancer free! That's marvelous. Now the house is most gorgeous and your daddy is really something to have been able to restore it! I hope it sells quickly and he can find something not so big.
    Thanks for popping in to see me.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  43. You are so blessed to have him and he sounds just wonderful and full of talent. Thanks for stopping by!

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  44. What a wonderful home and your Dad is amazing. He really has done a beautiful job and enjoys his work. I pray he finds a smaller home which allows him to relax and enjoy life, even though I'm sure he enjoys the work and love he puts into his homes.
    Cindy

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  45. So happy for you AND your dad! That is such a beautiful house! Going back now to look at them AGAIN!

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  46. What a beautiful house, Stacey ... and an inspiring story about your dad. I know how it feels when your dad wins the fight against cancer and is, literally, given a new lease on life. I wish your dad a wonderful new beginning, with many happy "restorations" in his future.

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  47. Your dad is a rock star! What a pretty home. WOW! Whoever buys it is getting a great house because I know your dad poured his heart and soul into the work, and it shows!

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  48. The house has tons of charm for sure!

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  49. That house is my dream come true! What a talented man. Oh my goodness, it's gorgeous. Restored so beautifully. I'm sure you hate to see him part with it. Wish I could buy it though! :)

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  50. That's wonderful news! Your dad is so talented and sounds like an amazing man. You are so fortunate to have him in your life.

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  51. What a great house and that kitchen is swoon~worthy! Your dad is a talented guy with a designer's eye! I am so glad that he is feeling well! He should get out and play!

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  52. Your dad's home is just amazing, Oh that kitchen and stove! So glad to know he's well and ready to change up the pace a little! It will be a blessing to a new family I know!

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  53. Oh, I love this house and my mom would love it even more!!

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  54. I love love love this house! We are in the process of restoring a 1902 Foursquare in NC that we bought out of foreclosure. It's almost done,and it's been crazy, but so worth it! :)

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  55. No wonder you are a gifted decorator, just look at this charming, unique, and so well designed home of your dads. I enjoyed seeing his lovely home and especially liked the kitchen and the dining room. In fact, I could move into it. What a gifted man he is! I am thankful that he is feeling better and I think it is so good that he is going to scale back in his work log.

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  56. Thank you for commenting on The House Crusher blog and sharing the link to your dads house. he did a fantastic job, the house is beautiful.

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  57. Beautiful story about your Dad and his amazing talents. What a beautiful home. I'm not surprised he is a master gardener because you reflect that.
    All the phases of your life since moving to Texas is sweet to hear since I didn't know you during those times. I'm heading back to click on each one.
    I am happy for you your house sold but what a time with Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner but you won't miss a beat I'm sure. Blessings to my sweet friend.

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