Saturday, September 29, 2012

House 3 Week 1 - with bonus video

And we are underway! Yes, another three bedroom, one and a half bath ranch house.

The lot is fantastic. A full half acre, corner lot with mature trees and a gently sloping hill up the back.

This is the view of the house from the furthest corner in the back yard. So peaceful. And the neighborhood is very quiet.

I arrived for my first round of photos just 5 days after closing, but things are happening already. There has been some activity on that nasty Swiss Chalet arch. We'll be keeping that, but cleaning it up a bit and replacing the brick supports with knees out from the roof line.

The interior isn't as beat up as on the previous two houses, but it is very tired. The main living area is covered in green carpet. I have no doubt it was very stylish at the time. As you can see, new doors have already arrived and await installation.

The dining room sports another chandelier for our collection.

These houses all had the oven in a tower that separated the kitchen from the dining room. Maybe there wasn't any such thing as below the stove ovens back then? Who knows, but as usual, the entire thing is coming down.

Kitchen has already had some activity. Note the accordion door to the family room. Oh and there is that oven in the kitchen tower that I mentioned.

Maybe it's because I grew up in the sixties, but I personally like the traditional pink (or avocado or yellow) bathrooms. But it isn't considered very attractive in general, so this is getting a full makeover.

Right now, it's a race against time to get all the outside work buttoned up before the winter. So no surprise that Jimmy and the boys were chopping down all the bushes around the front of the house. This, my friends, is what happens to those cute little rhododendrons and arborvitae that are so common after about 50 years.... trees.

Jake is ready for something.... not sure quite what.

Even a chain hooked up to Jimmy's pick up was insufficient to yank those buggers out of the ground, so he set to with the chain saw to at least trim the stumps down to ground level.

Nice to see a man who loves his work.

Mango Momma

Monday, September 3, 2012

Purchase and Sale on House #3

OK, I know this photo is a repeat, but I am waiting until we have the keys to take new pictures of the house.

The Mr. signed the P&S last week and closing is set for the end of September. 

After a lot of thought (and tour of the neighborhood to view similar homes) it has become clear that adding a garage is too much of a financial risk. The most practical way to do it would be to restore the original garage (which is now partially a family room) and build a new family room off the back.

To pop a garage out the front (the original plan) would entail a total makeover on the roof as the existing Swiss Chalet feature has a ridge that is not centered properly. 

Our realtor will no doubt pitch a fit as it appears garages are now back in vogue, but I guess she will just have to work all that much harder to sell the property once it is all spiffed up.

See you in a few weeks.

Mango Momma