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Old 11-30-2009, 06:42 AM
 
Location: Where the sun likes to shine!!
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My husband, Mike, and I are doing a remodel in Florida. Some of you already know us from my "Off Grid In East Tn" story. Others will get to know us here.

We sold our last house in Florida in 2005 and we have been trying to find a deal ever since. We are not professionals but we love to do remodels. Finally last Spring we came down to Fl from Tn and found 2 great deals. We knew these 2 houses would end up being our Winter project so here we are.

We are very excited about both of these projects. This first house is on the South Channel of our old neighborhood and the second one is on the North Channel. We are very particular about the houses we buy here. We have very strict guidelines and we stick to them. You can say we are a little stubborn, lol.

This story is about the first house. This is a waterfront neighborhood and the houses started being built in the late 60's. Many of them have never had any changes so they are mostly original. Our house was built in 1976 and is 2200 Sq. Ft. It is a 3 bedroom with 2 3/4 bath with a pool. It has been sadly neglected for many years. Mike and I hope to make it fresh and new again. We plan to have this house completed by the New Year and then we will start on the other house.


So let's get started with the fun. Here are some pictures that were taken of the outside of the house last April.



The front of the house which is completely overgrown. Can you say "where's the house?"




The hideous driveway. It looks like one big checkerboard. We will have to see what can be done about that.




Back Pool with a very old screen room which will have to come down.




The side of the house has a really nasty homemade shed and a "shuffleboard" court, lol.




Our back seawall with all the junk.




And the real reason we buy these houses(minus the junk). You just can't beat the water here.




As you can see, we have our work cut out for us and we haven't even gotten inside yet. Hopefully we can get in touch with some of old contractor's and get this house done.


I hope you will all enjoy our story and keep following our progress. Like I said we are not professionals. Mike and are are just an average hard working couple and we love to do things together. We are a team.


I will write this story each Monday until we are finished. Next Monday we will actually start working. I hope you will join us for our adventure.


Have a wonderful week and I will write again next Monday.


Lisa
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Old 11-30-2009, 07:59 AM
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Good Morning Lisa!

Love the water view! Can't wait to see the changes you will wrought!
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Old 11-30-2009, 08:27 AM
 
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The hideous driveway. It looks like one big checkerboard. We will have to see what can be done about that.
The checkerboard look will be an easy fix. Concrete stain will get all those squares the same color.

My friend used a color called elephant. It was a nice grey concrete color, not artificial looking. It even stains pebbled concrete.

The great thing about stain is it doesn't peel. It sinks down into the concrete so it takes some wear and tear before staining needs to be done again.

It's a great way to unify new concrete with old concrete. When you repair the back seawall, you can unify that with concrete stain too.

I personally think you'll be wasting your money if you replace the driveway. Put that money into repairing the walkway on the side of the house.
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Old 11-30-2009, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Anchorage, AK to SoCal to Missoula, MT
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Thanks for sharing! What a beautiful neighborhood & home! Can't wait to see the new pics next Monday. FL looks really beautiful, I'd love to visit someday.
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Old 11-30-2009, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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This is interesting to me too. Can't wait to see how it goes. Jay
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Old 11-30-2009, 10:40 AM
 
Location: Clayton, NC
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Good luck Lisa! I'll be watching as well. My husband and I hope to get into the "revitalizing" business one day...
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Old 11-30-2009, 10:48 AM
 
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Hey, I am in......BTY, I like the drive way!!!

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Old 11-30-2009, 11:42 AM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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A new story, alright! (Settles in and gets comfortable.)
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Old 11-30-2009, 12:19 PM
 
Location: On the East Coast
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Looking forward to next week's chapter.
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Old 11-30-2009, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Looking East and hoping!
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Good for you Lisa-the view alone is worth it.
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