Karl’s house hunt is over. The fixing time will soon begin.
Karl has had his eye on this for a while but it was a rental house here in our town and he had to convince the owner to sell it. There really have been no houses for sale in our town and he really wanted to live in our town so while his eye was on this, he looked at other houses.
Between his house and my house are three houses. We can’t see each other’s houses though as his is just around the corner from mine. He will be four blocks from Kalissa’s house. We’re a small town of 250 people so everyone is only a few blocks away. Technically I’m NE. Karl will be SE. Kalissa is SW. That’s how small our town is.
The house was a foreclosure house that a guy bought and fixed up enough to rent it out. It still needs more fixing but it’s fixing that we can handle or work into the loan.
There is no garage.
The owner started doing some of the fixing and window replacement. Karl’s plan is to finish putting in new windows, insulate, and reside.
More things will need to happen down the road but the house has some potential.
Here’s Karl at the front door…
When we first looked at it back in October we didn’t know what to expect. It had been a rental for years. The outside doesn’t look the best. There were many reasons to be skeptical.
I’m taking you into the side door of the house.
The kitchen is small and needs some work.
You are looking at the wall to the west in the photo above and looking to the wall to the north in the picture below. YES, different cabinets are in the kitchen.
Karl of course doesn’t love it but is willing to live with it for a bit.
That’s the worst room in the house and we feel like being it’s small, it’s doable to fix in a year or two or five depending on how everything else goes.
This is the dining room.
This is the living room and beyond it, there is a cute attached room that is small. He’ll likely keep his computer there…and he wants plants!
See the room isn’t really big…very cute though.
There are French doors between the rooms. The doors have some damage and need some TLC.
The front door is in the living room as it a closet and stairs to go upstairs.
This is the closet.
I love the wood…but you all know, I’m a wood girl.
Now up the stairs, we go…
Upstairs are three bedrooms. This is the first at the top the stairs. It is smaller and needs paint. This room doesn’t have a closet.
The next room is the purple room. It’s bigger and does have a small closet area.
There is a big central spot at the top of the stairs. You can see the two bedrooms I showed you. On the right is the bathroom. On the left is a large walk-in closet. I am standing in the master bedroom when I took the picture.
This is the bathroom…
There is only one bathroom and it’s upstairs.
This is the master bedroom. It’s narrow but really long. I was teasing Karl that this end could be his sleeping quarters….
and this end could be his dressing quarters. HA!
There is a walk-in closet.
Back in the central hallway at the top of the stairs, this is the closet…
It’s really big and nice.
Now, we’re headed back down the stairs.
This is at the bottom of the stairs looking through the living room into the dining room.
There is a basement and it’s an old basement…not terrible but he likely won’t fix up a room there. Laundry is in the basement along with this AWESOME old cabinet. We are thinking it must have been built down here as we can’t imagine getting it out of the house.
Karl has his earnest money on the house. He has talked with the banker. He has talked to the guy about siding, windows, and insulation. Next up is the electrician. The lawyer is doing the abstract so he’ll be closing on the house sometime in March…so for now, it’s a lot of twiddling our thumbs waiting for it all to finalized.
That and creating a plan of attack once we can start working on the house…Below you can see Karl formulating the plan.
What we know on the positive:
-structure is good
-location is good
-price isn’t bad
-workload is do-able
-layout is so cute
-perfect size for now and could grow with him
-wiring needs an update
-needs, siding, windows, and insulation
-no garage, but does have a cute carport
-kitchen needs help
As far as the kitchen goes we are hoping we can buy a kitchen from someone. We all know people who had perfectly good cabinets but want to remodel. The golden oak so many are getting rid of would be perfect in this house. So if we can buy them and install them, we’ll be doing great. I think it’s doable as Karl would like some open shelving at the top and cabinets at the bottom. The kitchen is small so if he can buy a big kitchen, then we can make them fit in this kitchen. Stay tuned…that’s in the longer-term plans.
There are many things Karl would like to do. It needs new light fixtures…there are nail holes that need patching…painting needs to happen but all of that is cosmetic.
Happily, Karl can live here for a bit so there is no hurry on any of it.
We are both so happy to be done hunting for a house. Nothing we were finding was worth the money they were asking.
So if you want to know where I’ll be in April…I’ll be four houses down helping Karl turn this house into his home. YAHOO!!