Tuesday, March 28

house but not home

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!

8 comments:

Alicia said...

Wow, what a project! Must be a great asset to have your contruction-hubby involved. You must have gotten that house for a song. Is it in an ok neighborhood? Be sure to show us some inside photos when you get things done. And be careful will all that work pregnant lady. :)

TwoMuths said...

It's great that Michael knows what he's doing!!! The house is in a very nice neighborhood, and is definitely the ugliest one on the block! (whew) The neighbors keep stopping by and telling us how happy they are that we're there and fixing the place up. We think we will be able to double our investment in the long run, so that is pretty exciting!

Kelli said...

Hi Jenny-
I came across your blog and I thought I would say hi! Congrats on the home! We know first hand what it is like to fix up a home. When we bought ours in October, it didn't have any carpet or appliances, it was filthy, and no driveway; plus the plumbing and heating didn't work! We are working on it! And we too, are hoping to make a great profit on it!
Congrats on the baby as well!
Kelli (Clingerman)Frey

David Gouge said...

Well I have no idea how your mum got a hold of my blog, but glad for the contact. You all look very well. Congratulations on the new upcoming one! Where does Michael work?

TwoMuths said...

He works for Bright Construction, Inc., owned by NBBC grad Matt Bright. It's a small company, and specializes in residential construction & solid surface countertops. He's worked there for a little more than 2 years, and Matt's taught him absolutely everything! God's provision in practical education!

pamela s said...

We would love to find a house like that-that's our dream. Geoff thrives on fixing things. Having a dad that's an electrician helps too. Unfortunately, all of these types of house are in downtown Philly. It's a "little" too rough down there for us. :)
I'm sure it will look great when you're finished! I guess you'll have to do things project by project so you don't become overwhelmed.

Reads said...

Jenny, thanks for your pictures. I'm sure this will be a great time for you and Mike. I'm sure you'll have many memories from this fixing up time! Hope you get everything done in time for baby Muth! We need to get together, since we really don't live too far apart.

TwoMuths said...

It sure would be fun! Send us an email (address in the profile) and we'll try to set something up!