Here is the "lovely" house that we purchased from HUD. We closed on our house in December and have already had opportunity to make some of the improvements. Thankfully, we aren't living there yet!
The second photo is about where the house is now. We are working feverishly on the inside at the moment. The old carpet is out, the kitchen is gutted, and some of the walls have been torn down and replaced with reconfigured ones. We are hoping to have all the electrical replaced within the next two weeks, the bathroom remodeled by the end of April; May for roof replacement and drywall, and June for painting and moving in (at least, we are hoping to move in during June!) Our kitchen will be makeshift at best, hopefully we will be able to have a sink and some sort of countertop & shelving, and we will be painting all the concrete floors until we can afford "real" floors. Siding will probably have to wait until Fall at the earliest. It is exciting to watch God supply our needs financially as well as by providing willing workers to help! The teens in our youth group have been over several times hauling debris to the side of the road, tearing out walls, hauling bricks, scraping up flooring and helping with clean up. What a blessing!