Deck

The paperwork is done and I now own this house, so now what?

Here’s hoping this wasn’t a mistake! To say that this house needs a lot of work is an understatement. The first house I bought on Madison was billed as a “handyman special”. This should be billed as “a contractor’s wet dream and ticket to college for said contractor’s first child unless the new homeowner is a contractor or handy or into arson and in those cases said homeowner’s child’s college is this house.” I don’t have a child so I might be okay here. Let’s get on with the “before” pictures.

First, the exterior front. The porch has “settled” and is very uneven. It will have to be repaired. Those awnings are awful and will be removed. Then, the roof will be extended over the porch so I will have somewhere to sit and drink after all of this work is done. The siding is aluminum and can be painted – well, it will be painted once I decide on a color.

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Here’s the gate at the end of the driveway – the paint is faded but the little old lady that lived here must have had some artistic flair. Check out the moon, stars and there is a sun but you can barely make it out.

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Here is a side view of the house from the carport-like structure in the driveway:

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You can see that the porch needs some work.

I didn’t get a picture of the sad gate on the other side of the house, but it is being held together by one nail and some scotch tape I think and will need to be replaced ASAP.

The front yard is in great shape so little to no work there. Just a tree that needs to be taken out before I run into it and lose my rear view mirror when backing out of the driveway.

The back yard is in great shape, too. It could use some more bushes for privacy, though. The fence is some rigged-up cattle fencing so a new fence will have to be put up eventually.

Here’s the back of the house:

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Here’s a close-up shot of that shack which is actually a deck with a roof and lattice for walls. I’m really not sure why the deck has walls and a roof but this will be turned into a regular deck at some point.  Best guess is that they missed having a screened porch after turning it into a den so this was how they chose to get it back?

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There is a shed out back for storage – and Lucy is checking it out.

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Now let’s head inside. Pinch your nose because it smells really bad – a little musty-dusty-mothbally scent that nearly knocks you of your feet when you open the front door. Hopefully that will all go away with the carpet when we get to that point. First, here is the living room, the first picture is of the area with the picture window, then the fireplace, then the view into the dining room and added on room that used to be a screened porch:

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The dining room is just a square box with a doorway to the kitchen and doorway to the – let’s just call that room that used to be a screened porch a den for now – den. But, oh, the saloon doors!

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And OMG the kitchen is so awful. I really hope the people that sold this house to me do not read this.

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Thanks for leaving me your dirty cup – not to mention the stuff in the fridge.

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Here’s the den:

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And more saloon doors to the laundry closet:
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Now on to the bathroom!

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It is so tiny but I think I have a plan that will work. It does involve a small bathtub that I found at Home Depot – online only of course.

The lavender bedroom:

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And the wood paneling plus blue paint-over-wallpaper bedroom:

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I have been working on plans for the kitchen and dining room but before we can do anything, the heating and air guys have to come do what they do since there is no central heating and air in this place. Wait – no, the electrician has to come first to do some upgrades just so the heating and air can be installed, THEN heating and air, THEN the real work begins.  Wait – I forgot – the heating and air guy said he wants attic stairs so FIRST attic stairs PLUS tearing out ugly ceiling tiles, THEN electrician, THEN heating and air, THEN more work.  Whew.

We did pull up some carpet and there are hardwood floors underneath all of that awful stinky sculpted carpet so that is a big bonus!!!

Categories: "Before", Bathroom, Bedroom 1, Bedroom 2, Ceilings, Deck, Den, Dining room, Exterior, Floors, Kitchen, Living room, Repairs, Storage building | 1 Comment

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