Visitors have been writing and asking where are my house Before and After pictures.
There are plenty of "before" photos on the photo album page, but I have to admit that when it comes to "after" photos, I've been remiss in this chore! My only excuse is that I'm behind in writing up many parts of this project. (Life has a way of getting in the way, sometimes.)
Without further ado, here are some photos of the exterior:
My little house, definitely a "Before" shot.
My realtor thought I was crazy when I made an offer on this house.
I thought it was worth the $10,000 that I offered, and I still do.
The front was bad; the rear was far worse!
A few years (and many tears) later, the house looked like this.
Here you can see the new roof, new siding on the front and rear additions, some new windows... and far too many colours! The scaffolding is going up because the house is going to get painted, at last!
No one is happier than I to see these few "after" photos of my green home rehab.
TOP: The new façade, showing the artwork created and executed by yours truly. Landscaping is scheduled for next year. (Fingers crossed here!)
MIDDLE: The east side, showing the new main entrance at the side.
BOTTOM: The rear of the house -- compare to the original, above! This part is not quite finished; it still needs a deck and some landscaping.
I'm finally getting around to the backlog of pages, so stay tuned for more pictures on this page, and for more stories about the good, the bad and the ugly phases of this ongoing project.
(Sharing the mistakes and the painful experiences may be even more useful than the successful ones, if only to help you avoid them in your own home rehab.)
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A few years ago, I bought this fixer-upper for $10,000.
It had been vacant for six years, had no water supply, needed a new roof, and was likely to conceal an unsuspected number of nasty flaws.
Don't believe me? See these "Before" pictures.
My intention was to turn it into as "green" as home as I could, within my physical, financial, and geographical limits – and to share this adventure with you, step-by-step and dollar-by-dollar.
I'm not quite finished, but I do have a few "After" pictures to show.
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