I've felt bad about doing some of the things we did at the Cottage-mostly white washing the pine paneling. However, because of the extensive work that we had to do in that room, we will need to buy more of it, and there is NO possible way we could have matched it. I also felt bad about removing some bushes and trees, but they were neglected so long they were past trimming and saving. That mostly made me angry at the PO and PPOs and however far back it goes for neglecting it all, because as I clean up, trim, etc I am finding that at one point, it had a very nice landscape and someone put a lot of time and effort into it. I think I got the poppies to come back in one spot, and the few daffodils that appeared this year were a nice surprise. I'm still trying to trim up one bush and make it respectible, but I think it might work (it was FULL of dead branches, it was all droopy). Even though it's not historic by any means, it still had a great heritage garden at one point, and I do hope to bring it back to life. At least no one planted those horrible green bushes (boxwood?)!
The Old House was already missing any character it had when we bought it. It was remodeled in the 70's and it REALLY showed. There were orange cabbage flowers everywhere and the entire kitchen from the walls to the cabinets to the counters were orange. So we didn't feel bad changing things. I think I've come to terms with the fact that someone else will probably not care for what we've done and change it all again.
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Current home: 1950's Summer Cottage turned year round home (the Cottage)
-@ 700 sq ft, heated with a wood stove, on the shore of Lake Ontario
Previous home: 1920's Vernacular (the Old House)