House Project: Give it some Love
I’ve been intimately involved in trying to purchase this home for over a month. I’ve never purchased a Foreclosure, but if you have the patience, (and a great realtor), there are some real deals out there. This home sat vacant for three years — tied up in court with the prior owner, as the bank took it back. I don’t know the full story, but the neighbors have filled me in on its history. Built in 1930, and solid as a rock, with true 2×12 floor joists, huge windows, working pocket doors, oak floors, a stone fireplace, and more bedrooms and bathtubs than anyone would ever need. Even the floor vents for the AC and Heat are original, in an Art Nouveau style. Some of the light switches are original — push button, top and bottom. Plus a full basement, for an art workshop for me. The neighbors told me that the grass was four feet high at one point, as it sat vacant, so they took turns mowing the grass, so it didn’t turn into the Amityville Horror. But when I discovered it, it had been cleaned and somewhat brought back to life. My job now that I own it, is to remove the cheesy “renovations” that the prior owned did, and get the home back to 1930 mentality. It’s going to take a while, but I feel like I’m here to stay. It sits on a lot and a half, so there’s plenty of room to spread out, and massive crepe myrtles flanking both sides of the home. Below are some detail shots that I did this afternoon, while the pretty light was streaming in the windows. Wish me luck; it’s gone almost effortlessly so far, at least after we got it closed. The next project is to work on the huge front porch, buy some nice outdoor furniture, build a fire in the back yard, and have some friends over for dinner, to give the house some love. It needs to hear the sound of young kids running up and down the central stairwell. I’m so grateful that I was steered to this home; I think we needed each other.