so we don’t know much about bungalowHutch’s history, but literally peeling back our homes layers certainly makes us not only curious, but appreciative of how much our home has already been loved and lived in by others. so in the midst of the demo – thought we would take a time out to share with you what we do know.
our house was built in 1929 in the park hill neighborhood of denver. the neighborhood is located about two miles east of the heart of downtown denver and actually has kind of a funny story about how it came to be. it involves a guy falling off his horse into the mud. if you’re interested you can read more about it here.
we don’t know much about the early years of our house – tho my uncle seems to think it was a sears kit home. that would be sweet. we’ll have to do some more research before we figure out if it is or not. what we do know is that for the last 49 years a woman named ardie owned it. she lived there with her five (yes FIVE!) children and according to her daughter that sold it to us – she was a total tyrant. hence the pristine condition of the white carpets.
apparently ardie had her handful with her children who were a bit wayward. we think that’s why there were three doors in the back with so many locks in which you would need the actual key (one of the many things that failed inspection) to get out. plus! there were also deadbolts on the doors of the bedrooms requiring keys. i’m pretty sure her children were unable to sneak out at night. oh and did i mention the bars on the windows? i’d like to think of ardie as a sweet old lady, but with all those locks and keys…..
anyways – her tyranny apparently caused some distance between her and her children, with the exception of deborah. ardie got sick last january and deborah was the one who cared for her until she passed away this past summer. it wasn’t until then that the other four children came out of the woodwork hoping to collect on the profits from the house. ardie had the last laugh i suppose because after her death, the family found out she owed quite a bit on the house. everyone had thought she owned it outright and no one every knew she had been taking equity out of the house all those years. in fact, the estate didn’t walk away with a dime from the house.
deborah was anxious to get the house off her hands. with the estate being broke, mortgage payments weren’t being made and she certainly could not afford to make them working her two jobs as a cook. we could literally feel the relief as she handed over the keys to her childhood home. deborah warmed our own hearts when she expressed her happiness that the home was going to mr hutch and i. she could see our excitement and desires to pour our heart (and sweat) into the home.
so that’s about all we know. we can guess a few things – like the fact that ardie must have loved to garden from what we can tell of the yard. and she must have loved a clean house by the condition we found it in. (i’m hoping her cleaning spirit stays with the house.) the rest we look forward to continue to uncover as we meet more neighbors (the ones behind us have lived there 47 years!) and continue to peel back the layers of our home.
ok – back to the demo. hoping to post our vision and inspiration for the kitchen tomorrow.