Tudor House \\ progress

It's been a long four months since we closed on the Tudor house. We are finally getting somewhere so I wanted to share what we have been up to and a breakdown of the costs so far + a big change of plans.

We closed on the house in August and began demo right away. Craigslist saved us again helping us find a demo crew. We hired these three men who live in a van with their cat, Poop. They were rough and tough and were really into demolition. We fully gutted every inch of the house down to the studs and tore off the back porch to rebuild it into added square footage for a laundry room. The back yard had a carriage house infested with rats and someone from CL came and tore the whole thing down for free to be able to keep the wood!

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Before & still landscaping, but a huge difference. Cannot wait till spring to see everything grow in. We just planted daffodil bulbs, lavender and boxwood this weekend and there are two original walnut trees we kept in the front yard for shade.

Before & still landscaping, but a huge difference. Cannot wait till spring to see everything grow in. We just planted daffodil bulbs, lavender and boxwood this weekend and there are two original walnut trees we kept in the front yard for shade.

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This back porch has been torn off and will be rebuilt larger for a laundry room .. .also where I saw a half naked homeless man so we brought him breakfast! The house has been a big problem area for a long time and it's been really good for the neighborhood to be showing this house some love. We have gotten so much praise from neighbors and it's been encouraging through this whole process.    The windows had been boarded up for five years & ivy was growing though the siding!

This back porch has been torn off and will be rebuilt larger for a laundry room...also where I saw a half naked homeless man so we brought him breakfast! The house has been a big problem area for a long time and it's been really good for the neighborhood to be showing this house some love. We have gotten so much praise from neighbors and it's been encouraging through this whole process.

The windows had been boarded up for five years & ivy was growing though the siding!

The picture on the right is looking into the dining room from the living room. We added a new front door to mirror the rounded opening on the front of the house and the cut out you see in the dining room will be french doors leading out to the yard. The rest of the house is being sheet rocked this minute and will be ready for paint next week!

The picture on the right is looking into the dining room from the living room. We added a new front door to mirror the rounded opening on the front of the house and the cut out you see in the dining room will be french doors leading out to the yard. The rest of the house is being sheet rocked this minute and will be ready for paint next week!

This opening was just the little door pictured below and was a bedroom, but now will be the dining room looking into the living room and we will be adding a Tudor style fireplace between those two windows!

This opening was just the little door pictured below and was a bedroom, but now will be the dining room looking into the living room and we will be adding a Tudor style fireplace between those two windows!

What we have spent so far…

We bought the house for $95,000

Demo- $1500

We have new electrical & plumbing through out the whole house- $6700 + $4000

Exterior paint and roof- $4200 + $6700

Removed several trees, stumps and shrubs, installed sprinklers, leveled both yards and landscaped the front- $6000

Poured a sidewalk and front porch- $1600

Framing- we opened rooms up and framed in lots of niches, I might have a niche problem and the sheet rockers hate me.

New windows/doors for garage & house- $4500

Insulated and ran new ducting for the HVAC throughout- $1800 + $2000

Sheetrock is going in as I type and then we will paint. Paint day! My favorite! Sheetrock & mud -$4700

For so long it's felt like we were not making much progress, but this week feels so different and like we are finally getting somewhere and seeing change. Also, bye bye to all our money.