Episode 35

Renovation Story- Bloomfield Farm

Published on: 3rd February, 2021

This episode is the first in a new series called Renovation Story. My guest for this renovation story is Kim Tierney, owner and caretaker of Bloomfield Farm, a beautiful stone house in Virginia built in the 1700s. I have been following her account on TikTok and am grateful that she took the time to record her story of acquiring the house, her approach to preservation, the history of the house and her challenges.

Instagram: @bloomfieldfarmrestoration

Facebook: Bloomfield Farm

TikTok: @bloomfieldfarm

YouTube: bloomfieldfarmVA

About this episode's guest

"We’re so happy to have you along for our great adventure of renovating our 1775 stone farm house in Virginia. This has been a dream in the making for over 30 years. We are honored, blessed, humbled and thrilled to be the new owners and the ones to bring this gorgeous gal back to life.

I’m a writer by love. A rehabber by happenstance ~ mostly because I’ve never had enough money to buy what I want ~ so I buy the broken homes and fix them hopefully to their original luster. A Virginian by birth. An old house lover by soul. A caretaker by heart. And quite frankly ~ a go-getting / risk-warrior out a shear might (and quite possibly a handful of stupidity in there too). All of what I am has led me to Bloomfield. Now I get to see what she and I will become now that we’ve joined forces.

So combining all my “talents” (using that term loosely) and the talents of my husband, Rod and many other able bodied folks along the way – I have decided to blog about our rehab adventure.

Note that Rod and I are a couple of grassroots, spit & glue-ing, elbow grease-ing, hardworking, determined, hard headed folks. If we can fix it ourselves – we will. So that alone will be comical to many!

Thanks for coming along for the ride. We hope to make you belly laugh at our trials & tribulations. Make you smile at our successes. Thrill you with our adventures. Cry along with us at our failures. But most of all ~ we hope you enjoy the journey with us.

Oh! A word of warning… be careful what you wish for. Because if you write me and say you’re envious, I’m sure I can find a paintbrush somewhere with your name on it!

Thank you for your support and mostly for loving and believing in Bloomfield too! She’s truly a gem."

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Tell me your story! Renovation Stories features homeowners who have fun and dramatic stories to tell. We can all learn from each other and I can’t wait to hear what your renovation was like. If you think your story might be right for this podcast, please send me an email- thehousemaven@talkinghomerenovations.com

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Thanks to Ray Bernoff, the editor of the show. www.RayBernoff.com

Music at the beginning and end of the episode is The House Maven's Jig by Neil Pearlman, performed by Troy MacGillivray and Neil Pearlman www.neilpearlman.com

Show Cover Art by Sam White www.samowhite.com

This podcast is a production of dEmios Architects. www.demiosarchitects.com

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Talking Home Renovations with the House Maven
the professionals discuss all aspects of home renovations
Are you planning a home renovation and worried that you don’t know what you are doing? Talking Home Renovations with the House Maven is an educational and entertaining podcast that will ease your fears. Join architect Katharine MacPhail as she interviews contractors, vendors, other architects and homeowners and gathers tips and cautionary tales about home renovations. Learn about materials, what to expect, what to avoid and how to make the most of the money that you will spend on your renovation.
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Katharine MacPhail

Katharine White MacPhail, Principal at dEmios Architects in Arlington, MA has been working on residential projects of all sizes in the greater Boston area since 1996. Her mission is to help people learn about, plan and complete their home renovations and additions. She does this through traditional architectural services, Ask an Architect design help line, the podcast Talking Home Renovations with the House Maven, and through Home Renovation zoom classes. Her specialty is transforming the older homes so prevalent in Massachusetts, bringing them to the next level without sacrificing their character.
Katharine is a registered architect in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and a Leed Accredited Professional. She received a Master of Architecture from Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in January of 1996. While at SCI-Arc, she pursued projects and theory related to the study of the architecture of the"everyday". Katharine also holds a BA in Art History from Mount Holyoke College where she fell in love with classical antiquities and later completed some graduate work in Historic Preservation at Boston University before pursuing a career in architecture.
Katharine is also the co-host of live simulcast/podcast Context and Clarity Live, a podcast related to the business of running a small firm.
Katharine serves as the Secretary for the Boston Scottish Fiddle Club and plays with the Boston Scottish Fiddle Orchestra. She is the manager for the all-female Celtic string quintet Scottish Fish.