Was it the grand foyer, the stained glass, all of the originals hiding under years of paint and veneer, or maybe the vision of what you knew your house would be? What was it that made you buy your home and love it, when so many others probably ran away screaming?
Nice looking. Even in the old picture, though, the front porch had been butchered where it used to wrap around and was walled up with the white siding.
Yeah Phil, it's been through the wringers for sure. I remember walking in and seeing the HUGE rooms and all the stained glass. I would have loved to have made a great house out of it but it was such a wreck. Had I bought it I wouldn't have had the money to repair it.
Lorraine, I agree. I lived in Pittsburgh for about 5 years. There's some great houses down there (a few of which my friends own) but I like the quiet most of the time. Freeport is pretty ideal. 30 mins to Pittsburgh and still nice and quiet. Apollo has some phenominal houses. It's a shame many havent been upkept better.
When we started looking at houses in late 2004, we wanted to be in one of Boston's neighborhoods. We quickly realized that we could afford to be renters there, but not owners. We ended up about 20 miles west of Boston in a town that some friends had already bought in. We looked at about 15 houses in this town. We found this long unloved 1867 Colonial Farmhouse style house. It was in such rough shape that the realtor didn't want to show it to us. On our first visit their was a Harley parked on the front lawn, a mattress on the front porch and a large collection of Jack Daniels bottle on the porch floor. We found a poorly mounted kitchen sink (with a negative drain), a leaking master bath shower and an old oil tank that was still partially filled. And this guy was supposedly a plumber. Along with many, many cosmetic issues. The weird shaped rooms, dormers, the old brick patio and many other things stuck in our heads.
We continued looking at other places in the same neighborhood, but whenever we went to another house, we always found ourselves driving by this old Colonial. Something about it kept bringing us back. We finally were down to two houses and the old girl was one of them. We finally decided we wanted it.
Wow! Great job! Funny what a little bit of work can do to a place! Congrats on finding a house you like!
Thanks Will. I also added the lattice work under the porch and pressure washed the whole thing. So, it's got that little country cottage look to it. We are considering taking the vinyl siding off the wrap around porch. I know the clapboards are still under there, but, we're not sure what condition they are in. If the claps are in real rough shape, it won't cost a fortune to replace just the porch. Plus, it will give us good lower level practice on working with the clap before taking on the whole body of the house. It was a real crappy siding job anyway, so it won't be missed.
Well I think it's smart that you're starting on a smaller scale to get a feel for it. My house has the old cement shingles. We're not replacing them, as it's still nostalgic and they look good not to mention they don't burn (and if you look at my house pics you'll see how close my neighbors are) so I'm more then fine with them!
oh it's ADORABLE! good job on the screens!
For me it was the gingerbread in the eaves and the washed brick paint. For sale sign went up one evening, I visited the next morning and had it under contract by the afternoon. (Obviously, I wasn't in my right mind!) But you know how it goes when you love old houses.
I was trying to find a 2 family home to buy so my friend could run a family daycare in one of the units. Most of the houses I looked at were rotten, had all the good old woodwork replaced with ugly, plain trim and 70's paneling. The mechanicals were bad and the structures unsound. In 1997in southern Maine, these not good enough houses were 110 - 129k. The house I eventually bought had mistakenly been listed in MLS as 2 one bedroom apartments. Ooops! It is a huge 1817 post and beam, Georgian colonial; and although not updated, had been nicely maintained. I purchased the house for 99k. 3 years later, prices had tripled. I was blessed.
The daycare lasted less than 2 years. I ended up with a nice home and rental income. My friend needing a daycare space, helped me.
Some day I will scan the pics my dad took for the conditional use permit.