Our Schoolhouse Floorplan

August 16, 2023

One of the questions I’ve been getting a lot on social media is, “Can you share the floor plan of the school?” so I’ve been working on putting together this post! The floor plan was something that we started working on right after we purchased Union Joint back in August of 2021, and it was a serious puzzle to figure out how to turn an old municipal building…

Renovations Youtube Episodes

Schoolhouse Homestead, Episode 4: WE HAVE WINDOWS!!!

June 8, 2023

FINALLY I finished editing another little Youtube episode on our progress since January! Between packing up the Philly house and taking care of two little peanuts, this video was edited over some late nights. Though it can feel like it’s taking ages, it’s so nice to look back at some of the older episodes to see that things are actually plugging along! If you want to get an…


Schoolhouse Gear: How I’ve Been Designing & Making Custom T-Shirts, Patches, + More

April 7, 2023

Since we bought our schoolhouse in August of 2021, one of the most fun things we’ve been doing on the side is making fake uniforms, toddler letter jackets, athletic gear, crests, and other swag for it. It’s a completely ridiculous task, for sure, but it’s one of the things that has helped me pass the time as we are living in another city waiting for the professionals to…


Inside Hopewell Elementary in Franklin, Indiana

December 23, 2021

When we were home a few months ago for Sean’s sister’s wedding, we wanted to see if we could go inside our old elementary school, Hopewell, to get some design inspiration for the schoolhouse renovations. I reached out to the folks at Heritage Baptist College and they were kind enough to give us an afternoon tour! When we entered, it was so wild to see so many familiar…


The History of Union Joint Graded School No. 9

September 13, 2021
union joint no 9 school history

Whenever we talked about our future home, we always knew we wanted to find a home with a story. We never expected we’d be lucky enough to find something with as much of a story as Union Joint Graded School No. 9. Union Joint was built in the early 1900s to serve children from the farthest corners of two neighboring townships, Nineveh and Franklin. The thinking was that…