A straightforward approach brought back a farmstead on the brink of ruin.
By Gene and Roseanna Hatke

We’re longtime readers of Old-House Journal; thanks for years of fun reading, tips, and pictures! In the past two years we restored an 1890 farmhouse in central Indiana. We’ve always lived in old houses, but this is the first one that was officially listed as “unfit for human habitation.”

We restored the house inside and out (with such modern improvements as indoor plumbing and heat). We fixed up the barn for use as a garage, and converted a dilapidated corncrib to a chicken coop. The acreage has been fenced for pasture and planted with native Indiana trees. Gene is an architect, a bonus as we planned the project. Read more.

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