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What's Kept Me Away, These Past Few Months.

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Portage, Wis.
As many of you know, I've been missing for a good six months, or so.

I've been working on remodeling a foreclosed home to live in.

It was built in 1933, but unfortunately was completely remodeled, in 1996. There really wasn't anything original left to save, so all I could do was try to make the place nice. It's not my forever house, but a good place to start. For 18k, can't be too picky.

I'll be posting pics of the remodel. I haven't done much to the outside, that's the plan for this summer. So far, only some minor painting, replacing 6 windows, and new doors. The rest of the work has been on the inside.

I hope you all enjoy the progress and that it isn't too far off topic.

What it looked like on day 1.

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The new front door:

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New Screen door:

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Some of the new windows:

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A couple pics of what it looks like now (well, from Halloween)

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Portage, Wis.
Thank you! We have redone every room in the house (3 bedrooms, 1 bath, office, living, dining, kitchen, bathroom, and laundry.)
It has been a massive project, that I could not have tackled without my family. My father was in the trades, and flips houses. Between him, my mother, and my brother, I have had a ton of help.

Wonderful job and what a great project! I'm looking forward to more updates and I am thoroughly impressed with your courage in taking this on.
 
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10,879
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Portage, Wis.
Thank you, both! It's been a labor of love, and am in it about 60 grand, now.

Realtor thinks it'll bring around 90k, without landscaping, so that's a plus!
 

Edward

Bartender
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London, UK
Quite a project! You'll definitely ave big doing so much of the work yourself, which will pay dividends when it comes time to sell. Make sure and enjoy it for a while at least when it's done, though. ;)
 
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Portage, Wis.
Nice work, Tom. Glad you posted pics. What are your plans for the exterior?

Thank you all for the kind words! It's been quite the project!

Thank you, Lizzie. It's a very nice neighborhood, quiet, and close enough to work that I can see the plant from my living room window.

Welcome back, Tom! That's a worthy project, and you've made a fine start. And it looks like a nice, quiet neighborhood.

So far, we haven't hired out any of the work. We've done all the drywall, flooring, cabinets, electrical, plumbing, etc on our own.

I will enjoy the place for awhile, as I don't plan on putting it on the market for another two years.

Quite a project! You'll definitely ave big doing so much of the work yourself, which will pay dividends when it comes time to sell. Make sure and enjoy it for a while at least when it's done, though. ;)
 

Smithy

I'll Lock Up
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Norway
Very, very big job and well done. Remodelling a house is hard work and it looks like you've done a fantastic job so far.

All that hard work is going to pay off with having a great place to live and if, and when you choose to sell, a nice tidy profit in your back pocket.
 

DesertDan

One Too Many
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Arizona
Great to "see" you again Tom, it's been too long!
Congrats on the new house, it seems to be coming along quite nicely.
 

Gregg Axley

I'll Lock Up
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Tennessee
The new house looks really great Tom.
The Cadillac also tells your neighbors you mean business, you're successful in it, and you're a man of refined taste.
Just don't ruin their impression by drinking Hamm's out in the front yard. :p
 
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Portage, Wis.
Thank you all for the kind words!

Gregg - on my street, there's my Cadillac, a Lincoln Town Car, two Chrysler 300's, and a LeSabre. There's at least a little lux in this neighborhood lol

Way ahead of you!

Gotta show them you mean business and drink 24 ouncers on the front porch!

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The new house looks really great Tom.
The Cadillac also tells your neighbors you mean business, you're successful in it, and you're a man of refined taste.
Just don't ruin their impression by drinking Hamm's out in the front yard. :p
 

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