Best wishes for great success in your exciting new venture, Mr. and Mrs. MYT! Looks as if you stirred up memories of early married life for some of us on this site. The photo's of your scenery with that mountain off in the distance to greet you each day, and returning to familiar and historic buildings, with the opportunity to breathe new life into an old house being the 'icing on the cake'.
You stirred memories of our first home (1957) which had started life as two claim shacks which served families during the Homestead Era, which was about 1907 in this area. Luckily for us, they were larger than most, at about 12' by 18' feet. Put together end to end, with a 7' wide addition put along each side. A tiny bedroom was on one end of the front and the rest was a screened porch covered in vines. On the back was the kitchen, also 7'feet wide. There was a sink on a tiny cabinet at the end, and a door to a small back porch to fill out the rest of the length. One of the big rooms was a bedroom and the other was the living room. It had been used as granaries to store various feeds at some point in the history. My inlaws lived in it when they were married about 1930, and hired men had lived in it in between, as the inlaws had moved to town for school. When we moved in, there were very worn linoleums on the floors, wall paper on the walls AND the ceilings! Can't believe my 4' 8 mil was able to put wall paper on the walls, let alone the ceiling! I papered the walls a couple of times, then we had a friend coat them with a light plaster and painted. We had no running water, but did have a good cistern. Used a big wood burning parlor stove the first year, and had wonder of wonders, an electric kitchen range with a two burner wood stove on one end. That kept a small area of the kitchen almost warm! We got a propane space heater a year and a half later when our first child was scheduled to arrive in mid-Dec. With very limited insulation in the walls, it was always a challenge to heat, but we got by for a couple of years. Then my inlaws added a small basement, running water, furnace, and a new kitchen. It was wonderful to have running water for our second baby's six month birthday! We still lived in the old, cold house for a couple more years, then added a new house on the other side of the kitchen, later tearing down the homesteader house and a son built our present living room on that side of the kitchen. It seemed like it took forever, and now it seems so long ago and time flew! We will celebrate our 60th anniv. in May, and our four kids are getting OLD!!!
So, long story to tell you we did similar to what you are doing now, over a few years of improving things. Made some mistakes, but that is life. The quality of linoleum improved and made our floors much warmer, as it had a thin layer of foam , and refinishing old furniture found at local sales was fun, if hard work. We had some decent ancient wood floors and put that wood down in our 'porch' which serves sometimes as extra dining space, but mostly as pass through from garage to kitchen. I still have old furniture I'd like to refinish, but arthritic fingers sure don't want to do it!!! We did work together some on improvements, but I seemed to have more 'spare' time, not to mention patience. Still have some very inexpensive floor tiles I put down on our main bathroom ten years ago! It really needs to go, but doesn't look too bad. The bad thing about an old house,is after 50+ years most things need replaced! I do wish we could have salvaged the 'original house' but it was just too poorly built out of very poor quality wood and had rotted out underneath, being built barely above the soil. I think the guys were able to use some of the old wood for patching up some old out buildings, but it was a patch job from the start and at some point one has to decide not to put money into a lost cause.
Sure like your 'wood' floor. It will serve you well if it is anything like my 'fake' southwestern style tiles on dining room and kitchen floors. I did have that done professionally and don't regret it one bit. In fact, I'd like to replace some perfectly good carpet in the living room with something similar that would look like some of the slate on the fireplace. I also like your wifes' cabinet, so roomy! I skimped too much on that in my kitchen and it was a mistake, as I have to search out kettles and pans not used daily in a couple of other rooms. Takes time away from cooking. If Mrs. MYT is looking for ideas, I've been told Pinterest has lots of them! One of our grand dau-in-law has made lots of furnishings for their home from pallet wood, something in great supply on this ranch! She's made a couple of bench and boot bench/coat hook things for their girls, and a very nice fireplace surround for a little electric faux fireplace, which looks very real, heats the room a bit, and cost very little.
The two of you are not the only young people working on old houses to live in, either. One of our grandsons and his wife are embarked on a big job, and so is one of his friends. They have helped one another a time or two lately, mostly in the demolition and hauling out process. Our kids have a carpenter to help as it is a difficult situation and some carpentry puzzles to solve, but they are young and energetic, tho both do have full time jobs, so life is interesting!!!
Again, best wishes and Blessings on your efforts. Both in the house and with the decisions of new crops and direct sales.