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Old 09-03-2009, 11:16 AM
 
Location: Southwest Nebraska
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We found an abandoned old house/farmstead that has not ben lived in for at least 75 yrs. It has fallen apart but the walls are poured concrete and look as solid as day they were poured.

We would take all interior walls, floors, stairs to 1/2 story and start from scratch. Outside walls have some pitting and would need filled in and have sealer put on. We would hope this could be done for around 60,000.00 and would use geneator for power since nearest power is 2 miles away.

Does this seem possible or a pipe dream. It has beautiful rolling pastures al around an we would try to purchase this with at least 1 acre. This is in southwest Nebraska near McCook,NE.
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Old 09-03-2009, 11:26 AM
 
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Having recently renovated an old but livable house mysefl, if someone gave it to me for free I'd think twice about sinking $60k into it.
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Old 09-03-2009, 09:05 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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It's definitely possible.

In 1971, my parents bought a late 1800s frame construction farmhouse that had sat vacant for about 65 years. It was sitting in what was slated to become the southbound lane of a future interstate, and was slated to be destroyed. They bought it for $100, jacked it up off the brick foundation, and moved it a couple of miles to an acre and a half of pasture they'd purchased and fenced off. Then they spent several years totally gutting it and redoing it in period style. They salvaged and refinished any and all usable woodwork, and scrounged for secondhand vintage woodwork for what wasn't usable. They used the old, hand-formed bricks from the foundation to build a fireplace which was not part of the original structure, and to create a brick-paved path/dooryard in front of the house. They raised their family of six in it, adding a room addition that doubled the size along the way.

It's absolutely possible. However, it may not be cost-effective. In 1971 in rural northern Illinois, it was, but it's a totally different world, now.
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Old 09-03-2009, 09:28 PM
 
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We found an abandoned old house/farmstead that has not ben lived in for at least 75 yrs. It has fallen apart but the walls are poured concrete and look as solid as day they were poured.

We would take all interior walls, floors, stairs to 1/2 story and start from scratch. Outside walls have some pitting and would need filled in and have sealer put on. We would hope this could be done for around 60,000.00 and would use geneator for power since nearest power is 2 miles away.

Does this seem possible or a pipe dream. It has beautiful rolling pastures al around an we would try to purchase this with at least 1 acre. This is in southwest Nebraska near McCook,NE.
I'd say you're probably throwing good money away.
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Old 09-04-2009, 01:43 AM
 
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Doing the work yourself, you could build a modest new house for around $60k.
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Old 09-04-2009, 11:39 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Expecting to power the house with a generator is not sensible. You would need to research off-grid living and make choices. You could expect to easily drop another $20,000 on a system.

Consider that what you have described is that you found some intact concrete walls and you want to base your personal home based on the constraints of those old walls. That is kinda like finding the frame of an old car and adding an engine and seats and all.
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