Thursday, November 3, 2011

Week 0.5 - A Few Before Photos

This house is a real stinker. By that, I mean... it STINKS! Ick. After my walk through last week I felt like I needed to wash my hands just to pet the dogs. Hopefully the Mr. will not fall ill from whatever cooties are hanging in the air. I suspect mold, maybe dead things in the attic, but what it smells like is piss. Just no getting around that.

There is going to be a lot more "invisible" work on this one. Meaning more subtle movement of heat, doorways, windows, etc. and less dramatic changing of walls and what not.

What you have here is your basic three bedroom, one and a half bath ranches. Thousands of them in our town.

A lot of addition by subtraction, starting with that icky roof thing over the front entry.

Yesterday the junk men came to clean up. What a mess. How many TV's, refridgerators, etc., lost count. Plus boxes and boxes of VCR tapes.

Here's the living room. The back wall is an ugly giant window which will be replaced by sliders. Here we have an example of the invisible work as the heat currently runs right along the outside wall and will need to be rerouted.

Kitchen. The boiler is hidden behind the little brick wall. There will be a new boiler installed in the garage (more moving about of heating pipes) and the cabinets which currently jut out will be replaced by cabinets against the wall.

Large and small bathrooms. Both baths are slated for a total gut.

One of the bedrooms. Note boxes of videos filling the closet. Also note deadbolt on bedroom door, well used I might add. Spooky.

Master bedroom. You won't notice anything about that corner window config when the house is done but the windows will be re-framed and moved away from the corner a bit to make it look less peculiar.

The shed out back can be salvaged and I am sure it will come in handy for the new owner. That project will be saved for the spring. It will likely require a new roof and some general repair.

What was once a flower bed but is now just totally overgrown. You can just see a set of weights in the near right hand corner. As I said, stuff dumped everywhere. One wonders about some of it. I mean, how do you wind up with a dumbbell in the garden?

Some of the contents exploded out onto the front lawn.

And the two junk removal dudes. They filled their truck seven times. Long day for them. I bet they slept well last night.

Oh look! Sparky #1 and Sparky #2. Don't they look happy. No doubt blinded by the dollar signs swimming before their eyes.

We have several days of nice weather ahead. Jarod starts on the roof today. Shouldn't take him long to get things all buttoned up. I'll keep my fingers crossed that the Mr. stays healthy as he was feeling a bit clogged up last night. He is focused on getting the doors and windows replaced while we still have some snow free and relatively warm days.

I will be donning my gas mask for a full before suite of photos this weekend.

Mango Momma


  1. Hi All, looks like you are in for a bit of work there. Love how the previous owners/renters thought you might like some of their lovely furniture and bric a brac. The chandelier in the kitchen was hilarious.

    I can't understand how it smells when it was kept in such pristine conditions.

    Have fun. P.S. Master, bet that smile was what hooked Momma good and proper. No worries, and love, Carol

  2. Oh my........ Here you go again.....

  3. Oh Mango Mamma - what a job ahead of you! I always wonder about places like this...I'm so paranoid that I always think of those spooky haunting shows. But not here - I think you've just got the remains of some really messy folks...

  4. Boy, the previous owners sure did leave a lot of junk behind for you to clean up! UGH!
    We have no doubt that Mr will have it looking a whole lot better next time you post!

  5. Your momma and master are gluttons for punishment Mango! But they made that other house look so nice and we are looking forward to seeing what they do with this one.

    Your friends,
    Niamh & Ambrose

  6. Looks like the previous owners left in a big hurry. You guys have your work cut out for you...literally. I bet it'll be beautiful when it's finished. Can't wait to see the "AFTER" photos!

    Hugs to Mango and Dex!