I have not posted anything new for a few years now. So, I wanted to reconnect with this blog, and continue to post photos & thoughts. I’m re-starting with a project that has taken a lot of money, time, and grief (emphasis on grief). I had posted some of these photos before, but I wanted to do the before and after. It was a project that took several years, emptied my bank account, and caused me a lot of collateral damage. One of the many challenges of refurbishing an old property is the neighborhood itself. This is on top of having issues with the property, such as plumbing, electrical, makeshift changes that have been done through the years, etc.
These are old neighborhoods that sometimes are set on their ways and do not welcome change. Individuals wanting to make things better by improving the neighborhood and the quality of life, are met with challenging neighbors refusing to simply abide by our local ordinances. There are properties are in disrepair, and neighbors that can be protective of the way they’ve been doing things. Any disruption to the already established norm can create challenges.
None the less, I love the neighborhood that I am in, and I am starting to see positive changes. We have a great city council member that I feel represents the interests of our district. I love the view of the mountains, the walk-ability of the streets, and the many amenities close by. I love the old homes that are taken care of and treated with pride by their owners. I love the many food options around, and how centrally located I am.
If you are interested in refurbishing an old property, do a lot of research, spend time in the neighborhood, and hire professionals to do the best job possible. Also, have a vision of what you want the house to look and feel like. It is not an easy job, and it is expensive. I have seen a few properties that have been refurbished by people flipping homes, and the results are not great. I feel like there is an attempt to make the houses look new by stripping away the old character of the house. This house is from 1930, and I tried hard to keep the original features, and combine this with a more modern feel to it.