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DIY Home Renovation -1956 Fixer upper plan

The first time we looked at it was a cool spring afternoon.  With no utilities in the house it was a bit dark.  The owners were parents to high school acquaintances of hubs.  The father had passed away 14 years ago and the mother had moved in with the oldest son.  She passed away 5 years ago and the house was closed up until now.
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It is a 1956 ranch style pier and beam house on three acres with great views both in front and back.  Though it is in the city limits, there are only about a dozen houses strung along the highway just outside the last city street.  The bedroom windows face the morning sunrise and the front of the house watches the sunset.   We can see right away the roof needs new shingles and there will be foundation repair but the house appears pretty solid and has great bones.  We are aware that a house sitting unoccupied for so long will have plenty of projects to bring it back to its glory.  I just hope we have the stamina to do most of it ourselves.

We made an offer, it was accepted and the transition began quicker than I imagined.  They were packing boxes while we waited to unload the U-Hauls.  We never expected our house in the metroplex to sell so quickly but it did.   We felt a little like a homeless couple or maybe more like vagrants or squatters moving into a house we have not closed on.  We are very fortunate to know the couple selling the house well enough to work out the living situation until legal paper work can be completed.   Right away we found the first road blocks were not with the purchase but with the utilities.  The owners never used a physical address, but instead a post office box in town.  During the years it sat vacant technology moved forward.  There had been a storm that caused a tree to fall onto the power lines, and the electricity had converted to a digital meter about the same time so the power company simply removed the meter box because no one was living there.  It took almost two weeks to get the physical address established and a meter box installed.  We also discovered there had been a car accident that damaged the gas meter so another few days were used up getting that re installed. The long version of this story can be read on my post titled: Home Renovation - the utilities.

We slept on air mattresses at our son's home until there the electricity was turned on.  Even after that we had to borrow air condition units to put in the windows until some major electric wire could be repaired.  Meanwhile we spent the cooler mornings removing dead and dying trees and bushes and the hotter part of the day inside dusting, sweeping and mopping.

We made a budget and a list of things to do/buy.  So, it begins.

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Kind of satisfying to see things being completed!  If you'd like to read how we did it, click on the blue linked words or search home renovation or home improvements in the tab. 


  1. That is quite a list! We'll have fun following along as you check it all off. Cute house!

    1. You're right Erin. It is quite a list and it will take time to complete everything. I did a bit of fall decorating today so it actually kinda feels like we really live here now.


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