May have found a house to move! (pics!)

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May have found a house to move! (pics!)

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Hubby and I have been talking for a while about buying property out away from the city and maybe moving an old house there. We both love bungalows and/or Tudor-style homes, and there just aren't any to be found out in the country. I like farmhouses, but adore bungalows.

The airport near us is buying up houses and tearing them down in preparation for an expansion. I noticed that they had acquired this bungalow a few months ago. I have some connections at the airport and was able to get inside. It was probably a mistake. I want this house SO badly now. It's in original, but very well-kept, condition. All old windows (with new vinyl storms), arched doorways, plaster walls, original tub and toilet, several original light fixtures, beadboard EVERYWHERE, and original kitchen cabinets. All the baseboards are gone, as are the doors and built-ins, which sucks, but they can be recreated. You can tell whoever lived here loved and took care of this house.

I took pictures, which I thought I'd share. Nothing like hold house porn!
http://s67.photobucket.com/albums/h300/ ... 0bungalow/

I'm fairly certain they'd let us have it for free, or maybe they'd even kick in a few bucks to help us move it since they'd have to pay to have it demo'd. The wheels are really turning now (not like they ever stop!)...
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That is the cutest house! :D
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That's a darling house!
Have you checked into costs to move it yet?
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Nothing yet on costs, though I did check into another home a year or two ago. It was in terrible shape, and the company wanted $18K to move it somewhere close by. I got that info through a voicemail and never called back, so I'm not sure whether it was so high because of the poor structure, the difficult site access, or just the company itself. Maybe all 3. I'm a little concerned about cost, because it needs to move at least 10 miles... Thankfully, there are few powerlines crossing the roaadway, and this house is in perfect shape.

If I can't move it, I'm going to get permision to salvage the windows (at least 20!), the oak flooring (about 900 sq ft), the bathroom lights, the bunches of beadboard, exterior doors, and the kitchen cabinets. Hubby and I have also talked of building a new home from as much salvage as we could, and I don't want to see all the usable and irreplacable materials in this home go to waste. If we end up not using it, we'll sell it or donate to Habitat Restore.
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I love it!! It looks very much like a house here I fell for but didn't act fast enough on. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.

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Oh, look at all the goodies . . . Don't sell that tub short: all original hardware, if you please! Is that real tile in the entry? Wow. Overall the quality seems slightly higher than I expected for a li'l house like that----around here they're usually post-war blah, but look at the heating grates and the windows! How's the floor plan for you? Shouldn't be TOO crazy expensive to move, given the compact footprint and so on. Thanks for sharing!

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Melissa - I know! It's immaculate. I walked in, and aside from the shaggy carpet in the living room and dining room, I felt like I had fallen into the '30s. Much more character and neat details than most small homes from that era, at least around here.

I talked to the airport today, and the house has already been bid on for demolition and is scheduled to become rubble on 4/01. The airport is no longer authorized to dispose of it. There's no way I can move it that quickly. We sort of have property lined up to buy, but our house isn't ready to go on the market that quickly. But I still want the windows, flooring, tub, toilet, bathroom lights, kitchen cabinets, and BEADBOARD(!!).

I got the name of the demo company and spoke with a woman who said I could come by the house on 4/01 and take anything I'd like. I don't think she understood that it would take several days of careful removal to get everything I want from that house, and I wasn't able to make her understand. She was rather rude, actually, and then she made it sound like I needed to get permission from the airport to get in there any earlier. So I went back to my guy at the airport. He or the property manager are going to get me the name/number of someone else from the company that will hopefully comprehend that I don't want a dumpster full of rubble and broken pieces. The airport has given me permission to salvage their acquired property before, so I know they're willing to work with me. Too bad I didn't realize this house was vacant sooner; I could have avoided dealing with a company who doesn't know me.

I'm very frustrated, because I can literally go into that house RIGHT NOW and start taking it apart. I don't get why that woman was so crappy. :evil:
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OMG that sucks so bad! Glad they will allow you to remove things but shit that house is so nice.
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I don't suppose you could "look official" and begin removing things just a couple days sooner than 4-1? Not that I'm suggesting stealing anything...but if you have the OK to grab stuff on April 1st, I doubt it would hurt to stop by for a pre-demo inspection...

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Not sure why I *just* noticed you're in South Bend, but if you are able to gain only limited access time, do you want some help? I'm close enough to come, and so are Brant and Boot and any OHWers in Chicagoland. I'm only volunteering myself and DH of course, not the Huntington contingent. I'm a spring lamb, and saving some historic stuff would be a nice birthday treat. :)

Good luck and keep us posted!

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