A lot of you are aware that we have been making plans to move to Madison, Indiana after my wife retired.
The number one reason that we wanted to do this is because our son lives there and the second reason is the winters are a lot milder than in northern Michigan.
About two years ago, we bought some property in Madison.
This had a double wide home with a garage and a barn on the property.
The house had been foreclosed on several times in the last eight years and the last owners really trashed everything and it looked terrible.
Because of that, we were able to purchase the property very cheap.
All the other houses in the neighborhood are very nice places and this was the only bad one in the area.
When we first bought the property and had a big dumpster set there so we could start cleaning.
A lot of the neighbors stopped and welcomed us to Madison and said how happy they were that someone bought the place that is going to clean it up.
Here are some photos of the property when we first got it.
Front of the house.
Back of the house.
The garage by the house.
The front of the barn.
The back of the barn.
The first thing we did was hire a guy to take the house down and clear it away.
Here is the inside of the garage then.
It had a loft built in it that looked like this. Notice this garage does not have any support trusses and the roof is sagging.
While the house was being torn down, Marie and I cleaned out the garage.
The loft was supported by post down the center of the garage.
This is how it looked after we got it cleaned out.
I took the loft out of the garage so I could get rid of the post in the garage and then we jacked up the center roof line and put in rafter trusses.
The garage is a solid structure but it looks bad on the outside around the bottom.
I cut the bad siding off and replaced any of the rotted framework with treated lumber.
Then I put new sheeting on.
And fastened house wrap around it.
I also put in a new overhead garage door.
We then went to work on the barn and re-hung the two sliding front doors.
This is a view of the inside of the barn when we first bought the property.
This is how it looks after we cleaned it out.
This gives us three acres with a garage and barn already built.
The water, sewer an electric are already on the property also.
It took us longer than we had hoped to sell our place up in Michigan but it finally happened and we moved down here in July.
We are going to build a new house and had to get a variance for the setback.
That held us back about six weeks right off the bat but we were finally able to start digging ground.
The footings are in.
And the blocks are being delivered.
The crew got there and started laying block.
They finished laying the blocks for the crawl space in one day ( 850 blocks ).
Then I grabbed a bucket of sealer and a brush and coated the outside where the back fill will come up to.
The property slopes back from the road and the front of the old house was setting right at the ground level.
Our crawl space is five block high in the front and seven block high in the back.
This will put the front of the house two blocks high from the ground in the front and allow me to grade the dirt in the front so it slopes away from the front of the house.
The drive slopes down to the garage and has a "valley" formed into it right in front of the garage so the water can drain across the front and down along the side of the garage.
there is a "mud room" between the house and the garage and I built a retaining wall along the edge of the drive so I can slope the ground away from that part of the house.
Today the windows came in and we went into town and picked them up.
The doors should be here later this week.
The builder called today and said he is planning on starting to build next week.
He will frame up the house and install the house wrap, windows, doors and the metal on the roof.
This will make the house weather tight and we will take over from there and finish the rest ourselves.
Edited by jdcrawler, November 24, 2015 - 08:12 PM.