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!
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.
We bought the house for $95,000
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.
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!
We had hired a licensed contractor back in August to complete the laundry room addition because he was the only one in town available to start right away and we wanted it done as quickly as possible. We ended up firing him just a few weeks ago because he pushed us off for months and then when he started the project (he had a foundation poured, floor joists laid) we found out from the city that he had not pulled permits or drawn plans like he said he did and they red tagged our house. He lied to us more times than I wish to remember. It was a tough and stressful learning experience. We have an amazing contractor now and we are about to re-pour the foundation…again…after having to tear it out because it wasn’t to code. Lesson learned, permits must be displayed on the house. We asked to see them multiple times and he kept saying they were in his “other” truck. We were just too trusting and hoping for the best. Going down to the city office and hearing permits were not pulled was shocking. We called him immediately and he said, “I must have pulled them for NW instead of NE on accident.” So we went back into the office and again, they said no permits were pulled for that address either. It was really frustrating, but I’m just so happy that it’s over and that we do not have to deal with him anymore.
Anyways! We are in a good place now and are hoping to be done with the house by the end of January.
We have decided to actually move into the Tudor when it’s done and sell the Craftsman! It took me a while to get used to the idea, but I know it’s just what we need to do. We have lived in the Craftsman for exactly three years and we are almost done with all the renovations. Since we have lived here at least two years we wont have to pay taxes on it when we sell vs. if we sold the Tudor house in a couple months we would be paying over $30k in taxes. So we have decided to live there a year or two. It’s hard to leave our first home, where we have brought Ivy home and made our first family memories, but at the same time I feel ready for change, even though it’s just a block away, I’m just ready for that next step and know it’s what’s best right now.
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!
The picture on the right is now 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!
We don’t have plans at the moment for what’s next. We haven’t even started on the airstream, but I know we want to work on that for summer fun. The nursery is really busy starting in March throughout the whole summer so Billy will be busy managing that, but I have no idea what next fall & winter will hold. Hopefully we will find our next little charmer to restore. I have my eyes on one I’ve loved for a few years, so we will see!
If you’re in the Grants Pass area, there will be an article about the house tomorrow (Wednesday) in the Daily Courier.