The Street Where We Live
The best advice I can give to anyone thinking about restoring a historic building ... or historic home ... plan on doing a massive amount of historical and renovation research before starting construction.
If you have zero patience, go find some quick, you're gonna need a bunch ... especially when the workers don't show up as promised.
Then there's the "coming to terms" with the fact that you may not live to see the pay back on your investment. Either way, you've preserved an historical place to enjoy for many years to come. That is unless the asteroid hits first.
There are places where you may find funds available for restoring a historic structure ... our city had such a fund ... and then there is a federal rehabilitation tax credit available for projects that qualify. See below.
Last but certainly not least ... the Contractor's Truism ... 90% of the work will be carried out beautifully, as promised, while the remaining 10% of the work will take what seems like three lifetimes. The deck was started last April and is almost done;)
On my last nerve ... I created a hand written finish up checklist, so it could be checked off as each line item was completed. While it took the boys 5 days to take the taped list to the fridge ... where their Mountain Dew chilled... seriously ... it worked!
To date ... still waiting for a few things to be completed but after a year and a half ... never thought I would be so overjoyed to see dust settle.
If I knew then what I know now ... Start by making a pact with yourself, better half, or pet ... if you have one, to promise to finish what was started before starting on something else.
The Past Owner Posted a Sign in the Window for 8 Years That Read ...
Renovating for Jordan's Future
Can you say, SLUMLORD?
Ok ... that's mean but I calls'em like I sees'em. I'm sure she meant well;)
According to Wikipedia ... A slumlord (also spelled slum lord) is a derogatory term for landlords, generally absentee landlords, who attempt to maximize profit by minimizing spending on property maintenance, often in deteriorating neighborhoods. They may need to charge lower than market rent to tenants. Severe housing shortages allow slumlords to charge higher rents.
More like creating deteriorating neighborhoods!
What We Knew Before We Started
More than meets the eye.
2. Two-stories and one scary basement.
3. Upstairs started as one home and then was poorly built out into 2 apartments.
4. Main floor was one large room with brick walls and gorgeous maple floors ... under 6 layers of baked on dirt.
5. Single car garage with a flat rooftop for future expansion (should have kept the vintage garage door, when it was replaced ... oh well.
6. Built with a Jordan brick exterior and some interior (which is no longer manufactured).
7. There are 27 windows that need to be replaced ... and none of the 15 doors or doorknobs matched.
8. A small kitchen was built into the would be dining room and that needed to be ripped out.
8a. The main kitchen was ... well disgusting through and through.
9. While the wood floors were mostly in need of a good refinishing ... some of them had been altered slumlord style.
10. The electrical was very scary and we'd already had one fire from a lamp housewarming gift. (LOL now ... not so funny then.)
11. The main bathroom was ... well ... admit to showering in there and I would use the sink but found myself always closing my eyes ... pretending
to be somewhere else.
11a. Plumbing ... well if the electrical was whacked ... you get the picture.
12. Mix and match old appliances ... slumlord style ... and the faucets, tub, toilets, showers and sinks were worse.
13. There were walls where they shouldn't be and we didn't have a clue what the the original layout of the space was.
14. The space only had 2 small closets but as a bonus there were a few cupboards nailed to the wall for extra storage.
15. The deck, driveway and sidewalks needed to be replaced.
... and this was only the beginning.
Move In Day
A rocky road with a grand finish ... almost.
Knowledge is Power!
Historic Renovation and Preservation
You're Gonna Need Vintage Hardware
and it's not cheap!
What if Victorian/Traditional isn't for you ...
Where there's a will there's a way.
Decided on an Arts & Crafts / Craftsman style to accentuate past while bringing in a more modern updated feel.