Friday, September 14, 2012

:: Hello, Anybody Home? ::

Last week I made my first run to the post office for 'Etsy business'.  YAY! that means sales.  After I was finished there, I thought I'd drive around the down town area-- to see if there had been any changes.  I don't go into town much-- because not much happens there. We are not a thriving town. 

Of course- I didn't have my camera and went back today to take some pictures. ;) 

But anyway... I was so surprised when I turned the corner from the Post Office and saw this!!!  

You may wonder, 
Why, the surprise? 

It's the old Telephone Switch building. 
Someone has bought it and living in it. 

They've fixed it up so nice too. 
It made me smile. :) 

Isn't this cute? 
They've painted it and added windows.  I think the windows on the front MAY have been there before. But, I'm not sure about the ones in the back (down the side) 

I don't have any before pictures. But-- It had fallen into disrepair. Not pretty. 
In fact you can see on the side (pictured below) 
Where Metal was added and painted the accent color.  That part of the wall used to be falling down. The hadite block had crumbled.  
They covered it with METAL AND FRAMED A WINDOW!! 
There is a tarp there now; we had heavy rain yesterday--- so they must have a leak. 

I'm sure from the looks of it some very young, energetic, CREATIVE types live here. 
If I were guessing (or making stuff up); because I don't know them. 

I'm just stalking their super cute REPURPOSED house!!! 

The building originally had the phone switches housed here that service our rural area. Probably had some storage in it for the phone company's equipment; and probably had office space and bathroom facilities for any workers that came there to man the phone switches. But I doubt it was open to the public. Unless maybe you could go there to pay the bill. I'm not sure on that. 
Maybe some locals might know. 

But check out that cool phone booth. I bet it was stored inside!  They put it outside (because it used to not be there; otherwise it would have been destroyed by mischievous people) 

 They've added a flag stone patio out front and it looks colorful and fun! 
The 'hello' above the door and phone booth both a nod to what the building used to be. 
I'm wondering if the phone booth lights up at night; as an outside light? that would be cool. 
I'll have to drive by in the evening and see. There is NO PHONE INSIDE. 

I always thought it would make a cool place to live. Now, someone is living there!  I wish I knew them--- I would ask to see the inside and if I could take pictures.  Not really, I'd probably ask to see the inside....AND THEN sneak around and take pictures... without asking...if I knew them...because that's the proper way to stalk somebody's COOL REPURPOSED HOUSE  :) 

I bet it's really cute on the inside. 


Thou will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee; because he trusts in Thee. Isaiah 26:3



Kolein said...

Oh Pat, I haven't been over in such a long time! Your blog is ADORABLE!!!

I LOVE that you opened your ETSY shop! Congratulations!!

The phone building is wonderful. OH go and stop by with your camera - You could tell the owners that you'd LOVE to feature them on your blog - start a new series - UNEXPECTED HOMES and have others join in!! It could be grand fun!!!


shannon i olson said...

how cute, I have a friend because I stopped and asked to take photos of her yard, we got to talking which lead to inside pics and a blog post about her. We still chat and she was over for coffee a couple weeks ago! I think it is a sweet looking little place! love the phone booth!

The Boston Lady said...

That is amazing. You MUST get their story. I would love to know how it all came about and who they pay rent to. AND what it looks like inside. Just keep hanging around - unless they've already seen you and have gone into hiding because the crazy lady with the camera is out there again... Ann

Cassie Bustamante said...

that is adorable!!! the hello is my favorite part!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I love this, what a great transformation....OOOHHH you just have to get inside, but don't get yourself arrested!!!


camp and cottage living said...

It's so...good to see someone claim this old building and love it!
I agree, they must have a creative soul.

Prior said...

Too cute...where? Kemp?...glad your Etsy is up and going!

20 North Ora said...

So cute!! You must take your camera and get inside. Bet it's darling there too.


Leslie said...

Gosh..wouldn't you love to see the inside!!! Sooooo cute!

Robyn said...

I absolutely love this!! an I would LOVE to see the inside too!

Chicken Wrangler said...

If I were you, I'd mail them a 'thank you' note, with some kind comments about the decorative ideas for their new little house! A 'welcome to the neighborhood' sort of thing! I'm betting that would pick up their day!!! said...

That little house is super cool! And congratulations on your first Etsy sales ~ yay!


Sandy said...

You sold something all ready? Good for
As for making a home out of the old
phone switching building I love that it
was saved.. I'd like to get inside and
see what they did to it.. go knock on
the door, I'm sure they would love to
show it off.
Thanks so much for your sweet comments
on my blog today.. made me smile!

Tonya said...

What fun!!! I bet they did make it just as fun on the inside! Congrats on having that Etsy shop...I dream of having a shop someday...for now, I'll have to applaud you and hope you are happy with yours! :)

karen@somewhatquirky said...

Great post Pat! Love the repurposed house! I would be stalking it, too.

gail@My Repurposed Life said...

Oh my gosh! That place is so darn cute! :) Thanks so much for taking the time to go back and take the pics to share it with us!