The Windows

When I bought the house, the previous owner had tried to rehab it. Among the interesting choices that owner had made were the use of replacement windows vs new construction windows for the lower level. This 1900 house originally had large windows; the replacement windows didn’t fit so some edits were made. Here is a photo of one of them:

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Obviously this resulted in water leaks and etc.

The upper level windows weren’t ‘fixed’ when I bought it. Here’s a pic of one of them:

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A trip to Lowes bought $2000.00 worth of new construction windows. My contractors installed them in one weekend plus a couple of days. Those guys are great!

I’m not posting the finished product until its all done.

About that Foundation

As I purchased the house in winter there was little danger of the foundation completely caving in for a couple of months. However, it was imperative the work be done prior to the spring rains.

My contractors began by excavating along the problem wall:Image

As the wall was bowed in about a foot, they installed four steel beams, two in and two outside, with threaded pipes through them and the block. Then, using nuts, they slowly pulled the blocks straight.

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The original estimate was $11K; my guys did it for $4K (including re mortaring the blocks and replacing the small windows).

There were a couple of other places that required block work as well –

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The cats weren’t happy!

The House

I bought it for $7,000.00. It was a foreclosure – the popular term is ‘distressed’. I’ll say its distressed. Check it out– Here’s the front view:

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What you can’t see in the pictures is the foundation – falling in on one side and a basement full of feral cats.

Why would anyone take on this rehab project? Because I’ve been away from my hometown for 30+ years. I’ve been carrying this town around in my heart all this time. Life is short – its time to start building my future!

Scary huh? Exciting huh?