Sunday, April 30, 2017

A house in time - Shots of work while in progress.

This picture is indicative of a work in progress. If you look carefully, the steps leading up to the house need new mortar, as it failed and the bricks are moving around. This is typical of a house that needed a lot of TLC 75 years after its construction, and I'm glad my brother and I are able to afford to do so.

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If you compare the above two pictures of the main kitchen area with the ones below, you will see a world of difference.  Moving the stove 12 inches to the right forced us to reconfigure the kitchen, so that the sink is in the corner and the refrigerator is next to the entrance from the main foyer.


Although we did not install a dishwasher, we have made provisions for one in the future. My brother is the type who wants to make everything as risk free as possible, and he sees that having a dishwasher with moving parts adds to the risk of tenants costing us money for repairs.

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Next comes the bathroom. This area had even less renovation than the kitchen in its 75 years, with original lighting fixtures, sink (with separate faucets for hot and cold water), and bathtub being in place. Add to this some ugly wallpaper from the 1970's, and you have a room in desperate need of the overhaul reflected in the photos below.

Although it isn't complete yet, you can see the basics of what the bathroom will look like.  

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The rest of the interior has been painted in a nice beige color, and all of the main floor's wood has been repaired and refinished.

The basement has also been cleaned up a lot, although we still have some remaining work to take care of.

By the time we're done, we'll have a house we'd want to live in.  And we'll get a pretty penny in rent for this house.  If my father was afraid that my brother and I would screw this up, I don't think he is anymore. (Living in a nursing home has made it possible for him to not give much of a damn about anything outside its four walls.)  Hopefully, this will be the start of a better relationship between me and my brother.


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