Seems like a lot of people here share their projects non-GT related. Seems like everyone enjoys a good project log.
I recently, 4 months ago, sold a project house/home that I had spent the last 5 years remodeling. I finished the entire house, only to end up divorced(kept the house in the process free and clear, owing her nothing) and I didn't want to live there after the divorce. I put it up for sale, moved in with my Dad and then bought another house that is in the town I grew up in very close to my parents(less than a 1/10 of a mile).
Story on the house, and the purchase.
The house was owned by a 94 year old man. His parents built the house in 1923. He lived basically his whole life in this house. He passed away and his 3 children no longer live in the area. We live in a very small town(population around 50 to 75 people) Basically its is an old coal mining town that was boom in the 20s-50s. Had a movie theater, appliance store, feed mill, saw mill, and a few stores. But over time the mines moved out of the area, the stores dried up, but many people stayed. My grandmother told me many stories about the hay day of the area and how much there actually want in the town.
On a saturday morning I was at the gas station talking to all the old guys in town that I've known since I was a toddler. In walks the daughter of the man who owned the house. She was complaining about having to fly here from California to clean out the house, and her worthless brothers couldn't be bothered to fly in to help. I volunteered my services. I told her, lets go up to the house, you sort through the personal effects that you would like to keep, I will clean out the house, but I get to keep what you don't want. She readily agreed. As we were up there and she was going through items packing them in boxes I asked her what she was going to do with the house, as houses in this area are generally willed to family members and rarely go up for sale. The last house sold in town was my grandfathers several years ago. She stated she was going to sell it but didn't want to mess with it as she had no time to deal with it. This got my mind going, I asked a few questions, came with a few acres, 3 bed rooms, 2 bath, roof is 3 years old, septic system is 5, roof less than 2 years old, has a wood furance and oil furnace. I wasn't real interested but was to a degree.
The next day I made some phone calls to a local business who that buys up old furniture and sells it in their store. I told them a list of what I had, the guy was there in an hour, gave me 2,500 dollars for all the furniture. 3 bed room suits, 1 living room set, tables, chairs, lamps, hope chests, plus he purchased all the kitchen appliances, washer/dryer, and a few odds and ends. He had a crew of guys there that afternoon and the carried everything out of the house. I sold the Craftsman tractor for 500 dollars. I took all clothes, and other stuff to good will, and a couple trips to the dump I was about 3,000 to the good for 2 days worth of work. As I was spending time in the house I fell in love with the place. She had flown home over the weekend, and I decided to call her up and see about purchasing the house. She said if you can give me 40,000 for the house its yours. I told her its a deal. I went to the bank with my newly acquired 3,000 dollars, got a loan for 37,000 and was the proud owner 3 weeks later. Bank appraised the house at 90,000.
The house is sold as a rock. The large problems you can have with a home have been taken care of already. The inside though, well it looks like a time capsule from 1960. Terrible carpets, terrible colors, and pretty rough in general. The old man also fanicied himself a carpenter and cabinet builder. The entire kitchen was made up of hand built cabinets, made out of reclaimed doors, and junk wood. Basically looks terrible.
My remodel project has started. The master bedroom is a good size. But, when he got older, there was a bathroom built in a closet. Terrible job, all the pipes were leaking, and it looked terrible. They had also built a new closet along one wall. Everything was built from 2x2s. It was very rickety.
I started out, tear out the bathroom, tear out closets, and build 1 walk in closet and 1 48" closet along the wall. As you can never have enough space.
Here are some pictures of the progress. I am further along than my pictures show.
Edited by toomanytoys84, September 19, 2013 - 09:11 AM.