Mark Tucker : Journal

House Project: Give it some Love

Posted in Meditation, Personal, Photographs, The South by marktucker on September 11, 2010

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.

My new home. Moved in a week ago; very excited. (Click to enlarge).

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  1. Mark Gooch said, on September 11, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Mark, this looks like a home. Namaste

  2. Ed Taylor said, on September 11, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    Beautiful home Mark! I wish you lots of luck, fun and peace in it.

  3. jeri said, on September 12, 2010 at 1:03 am

    I can’t wait to see you restore it. The photos are amazing. Congratulations Mark!

  4. Tom said, on September 12, 2010 at 7:56 am

    Congratulations on the house — nice place. That 1930s wall switch looks scary and you might want to move that wood pile away from the structure (termites). Otherwise the place looks interesting.

    You also might want to make sure the basement is dry before putting any expensive equipment down there. My basement isn’t and, trust me, you don’t want to store good stuff where it’s damp.

    Good luck with the place.

  5. Brian Wilkinson said, on September 12, 2010 at 9:44 am

    Nice find Mark! Enjoy!!

  6. Tom England said, on September 12, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    Congrats Mark and good luck with the house. Let’s see some updates from your progress as well.

    Thanks, Tom

  7. Alice G Patterson said, on September 12, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    Congratulations. Your new home looks lovely, you’ve hidden any “Cheesy updates” in your lovely vignette.

  8. Larissa said, on September 13, 2010 at 9:12 am

    Nice, love the shots of course, so glad to see “you” in this house now – your energy, your vibe – very much needed. House looks grateful. Live it up, literally.

  9. Michael E. Gordon said, on September 13, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Beautiful home and beautiful photography, Mark. I live in a 1912 California Bungalow; there’s nothing like a well built and well loved home!

  10. Alex Jones said, on September 13, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    Beautiful! Half the joy is in the looking for the stuff to fix it and keep it. A house becomes a home by the time we spend there with friends. Enjoy!

  11. Eli Reichman said, on September 14, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Wow! How charming and peaceful… looking forward to see where you take it from here.

  12. Jen said, on September 16, 2010 at 10:18 am

    The house I grew up in had that kind of light switch. The light in that house is just beautiful. Hope you enjoy it and all goes well!

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