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by melissakd
Sun Jun 03, 2012 5:09 pm
Forum: Pre-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Garage Before And After
Replies: 35
Views: 21022

Re: Garage Before And After

We'd be a lot more game to deal with this, but our original plans were based on an incomplete understanding of the financial situation. When the truth came out, my DH merely buried his head in the sand. Now we're stuck. Plus, as I've said before, this property is not worth restoring. It's old, it's ...
by melissakd
Fri Jun 01, 2012 2:42 am
Forum: Pre-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Garage Before And After
Replies: 35
Views: 21022

Re: Garage Before And After

Yes, well. More consultations, shade thrown on the job done by the original fixer-upper fellow (which is too bad because we liked him), angst. $10,000 has already been spent, so nobody likes to just write the thing off, particularly in light of the fact that we could never rebuild anything comparabl...
by melissakd
Fri Jun 01, 2012 2:36 am
Forum: Pre-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Relocating a home to save it from the wrecking ball
Replies: 17
Views: 7328

Re: Relocating a home to save it from the wrecking ball

I once considered this, when my city offered a house for $1 to anyone who would move it. One of the things I discovered was that each time they have to move wires or traffic signals, it costs. The house was downtown, so that meant a 95% chance of shelling out for each block it would move. (I decline...
by melissakd
Fri Jun 01, 2012 2:26 am
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Historic neighborhoods, Single Family or Multi-Family?
Replies: 5
Views: 989

Re: Historic neighborhoods, Single Family or Multi-Family?

Two of the best rental neighborhoods in my town also are two of the best old-house neighborhoods, for what that's worth. I read somewhere (in a planning-related document as I recall), but cannot now find, that a neighborhood is healthiest with a percentage of rental property within a certain range. ...
by melissakd
Fri Jun 01, 2012 1:54 am
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Can Somebody Help Me Date My House
Replies: 13
Views: 2474

Re: Can Somebody Help Me Date My House

Fabulous un-screwed-up I-house. I just don't see any violence done to the dignity and grace of the original, you lucky dog. Windows original to my house were 4 over 4 (replaced with swankier 1 over 1 in the 1890s), so if that was the basic equipment for a substantial family home with no pretensions ...
by melissakd
Fri Jun 01, 2012 1:43 am
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: vinyl hucksters visit
Replies: 7
Views: 1352

Re: vinyl hucksters visit

Snort. Did he go so far as to actually offer grief counseling to help you deal with the pathetic state of your house? :roll: :roll: :roll:

My own fantasy answer: "Why pay you to install that stuff? If I wanted to ruin my house, I could do it myself for a lot cheaper."
by melissakd
Mon Apr 30, 2012 4:56 pm
Forum: Pre-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Garage Before And After
Replies: 35
Views: 21022

Re: Garage Before And After

Latest news on my garage: The building inspector met with my parents on the premises and said dire things about the walls and foundation (i.e. all the parts not totally replaced three years ago). This is all going to be over the heads of the likes of us. I'll still keep you up to date, though. :) Me...
by melissakd
Sat Apr 14, 2012 8:43 pm
Forum: Pre-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Garage Before And After
Replies: 35
Views: 21022

Re: Garage Before And After

Some of you may remember that one of the first things we did to our property was replace the garage roof (including most of the rafters). Well, the time has come for us to do something about the walls, floor and foundation. All three are shot to heck. My mom probably will have some questions, but I ...
by melissakd
Sat Apr 14, 2012 8:09 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Reference thread for researching house's age
Replies: 15
Views: 4240

A guide to...

Property tax records Property taxes go back much farther in history than income or other taxes. They were paid on all real property, whether any house had been built or not. Since they were based on property value, periodic assessments were necessary, and those records probably still exist for your...
by melissakd
Sat Apr 14, 2012 7:36 pm
Forum: General Discussions Forum
Topic: Reference thread for researching house's age
Replies: 15
Views: 4240

A guide to...

County histories Compiled by assorted amateurs and semi-pros, these typically included profiles of prominent citizens, a rundown of civic organizations, lists of statistics such as population, elevation, and principal industries, an account of the county's founding, and other historical sketches. A...