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#1 jdcrawler OFFLINE  

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Posted June 22, 2014 - 11:00 AM

As most of you know, we are in the process of moving from northern Michigan to southern Indiana.
Our house here in Michigan has not sold yet but I have already moved all of my tractors and shop equipment down to my sons place in Indiana.

We won't have enough money to buy another house and garage until we sell this place but we still have been looking at places for sale in the area where our son lives anyway.
Two months ago we ran across a property that had been repossessed.
Actually, the property has been repossessed  three times in the last 10 years.

It is three acres in agricultural zoning with a 30x50 pole barn and a small garage and lean-to.
It also has electric and city water and sewer already setup.
The house on the property was in really bad shape and was listed as having no value.
The property is about eight miles from our son and only about three miles from the shopping malls and grocery stores.


The house needs to be torn down but the barn and the garage are defiantly salvageable but they are full of trash.
Because of this, we were able to get this property for less than what three acres of bare ground is selling for in this same area.
We decided to go ahead and buy this property and build a new home on it once we sell this place.


Here are some photos of the house.

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Notice the brick wall falling away on the right.

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The barn is a good solid structure but some of the metal panels are coming loose and someone tried to rip the sliding doors off.

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It turns out that they  tried to unscrew the rollers but could only get one roller off each door.
My son and I were able to re-attach the rollers so the doors are just fine now.

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The back of the barn doesn't have any doors on it.

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The barn has a super strong loft built in it for storing hay.
These are photos of it at the back of the barn.
... Notice all the trash !! ...

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This is a photo of the loft from the front of the barn.
The open area in the center is so they could back a hay wagon in to unload and to store equipment.
I'm going to build a ramp here just inside the sliding doors so I can drive my tractors right up onto the loft.
That gives me two levels of storage.

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The garage is also a sound structure but looks really bad on the outside.

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Here is all the trash in the garage.

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This is upstairs in the garage.
I'm going build rafters into the roof structure and remove this upper floor.
That will raise the ceiling about 1-1/2 foot and get rid of the support post in the center of the garage.

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Here is the lean-to.

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Marie and I went down there for the closing on the property last month and had a 15 yard dumpster brought in so we could clean out the garage.

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Here is the garage after we cleaned it out.

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We took down the black fiberboard and insulation from the ceiling but there wasn't room to put it in the dumpster so I stacked it up in the lean-to.
The barn is still full of trash so we'll get rid of this stuff and empty the barn after we move down here.

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We hired a guy to take the house down and he started on it last week.
Here is the demolished house.

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I was down there on Thursday as he was just finishing up.
We will be putting up a 30x40 pole barn that will be attached to the little garage and putting metal on the whole thing.
This will be my new workshop and I'll park my truck, lift truck and working tractors in the little garage.
The new house will be built behind this back by the woods.

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Posted June 22, 2014 - 11:23 AM

   Looks like you are well on your way to being home!! Looking good.

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Posted June 22, 2014 - 11:28 AM

Ray I am happy you two found a place cant wait to see it all ready for you to to move in. Maybe someday I can make a trip down to see it. 


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Posted June 22, 2014 - 11:35 AM

What kind of house are you looking to build? One level? Slab built, crawl space, or full basement?

I really like the barn, it already has character.

You might want to show off the R/T to the demo guy, maybe you could trade for his JD mini for awhile.
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Posted June 22, 2014 - 12:54 PM

Are you going to model that house? It looks like at least three families were living around there. One in the loft.


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Posted June 22, 2014 - 12:56 PM

What kind of house are you looking to build? One level? Slab built, crawl space, or full basement?
 

 

We are going to build a berm home.   

For those that are not familiar with this style home, it is a house that is built with three concrete walls and concrete floor.   It is set back into a bank with dirt on three sides and just the roof and front of the house showing.  

My son has one and they love it.   They are very economical to heat and cool and are very good at withstanding tornadoes with little or no damage.

Ours will have a metal roof and the front will have vinyl  siding.

This style of home is quite popular down there in the hilly country but they very seldom come up for sale.

The people that have them, keep them a long time.


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Posted June 22, 2014 - 01:56 PM

Looks like a nice property for you folks!  Plenty of storage and the new home plans sound great! Good luck!


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Posted June 22, 2014 - 02:11 PM

Very exciting.

Looks like a herd of hippies was living in the various locations.
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Posted June 22, 2014 - 04:05 PM

Congrats! Nice property! Potential for a really nice homestead there. That barn is a really nice structure and all that space for storing things!! 


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Posted June 22, 2014 - 07:02 PM

Looks like a cool place lots of storage. Never been to the midwest states looks very flat out there. I like the idea of the house. I saw one once guy said its like having free a/c
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Posted June 22, 2014 - 07:13 PM

I meant to add this before a fella not fat from my home built a house very similar but instead of having a roof he has the top covered with dirt/grass. He mows his roof. I stopped and talked to him one day and he said his heating/cooling cost are almost zero. And the outside is almost maintenance free! I liked the idea and if either piece of property I owed was capable I would do this
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