Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Through the Looking Glass

Hi!  I'm Melinda.  I just bought a historic house in Redlands, California, and since this is my first foray into home ownership, I decided to keep a public diary of my adventures.
Melinda's new house in Redlands

I love old houses.  I grew up in an old house.  I love the craftsmanship and care that went into designing and building them, and I love to uncover the old mysteries you're bound to find in them.  I love the sense of history, of living in the same place where other people have carried out their lives in the past, each adapting it to his own needs.

My new old house was built in 1920.  The original owners were the Starkweathers, who ran one of the local telephone companies.  It's around 1000 square feet, 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, a fantastic screened-in porch on the back, a detached garage, and a large backyard.

The house is in great shape for its age, but, as is true of any old house, it needs some work.  And it needs some love and care to really make it mine.  In this blog, I will share my house-related projects and adventures with you.

Below are some photos of the interior, which I snagged from the Zillow ad.  The furnishings aren't mine.  The house is completely empty now.


  1. I love the front yard! Low maintenance and water conserving. I've been trying to convince people for years to abandon grass with it's costly watering requirements and polluting amendments needed to keep it growing.

  2. Wow! I can not wait to read more and come hang out at your new fancy place! :-) Thanks for sharing your adventures!!

  3. Wow! House! It reminds me a little of my cottage that I'm renting, except with a nicer roof and fewer water features. The inside is nicer than the cottage though. How's the view?