lisascenic wrote:You may be a lovely person, and you may actually care about older homes. (The fact that you call this charming house "a dreaded angle nightmare" makes me doubt that you know or care much about American architecture.)
I'm going to give you a bit of unsolicited advice.
Participants on this forum care about historic preservation. We care passionately, maybe even a bit crazily about preserving older homes. When people start talking about buying houses that they don't even like to look at, but plan to FIX them (in capital letters) it makes many participants on this forum deeply uncomfortable.
If you want advice on reviving an older home, we will be delighted to help you out. We'll educate you about architecture, we'll help you find missing parts, we'll commiserate at your challenges, and we'll applaud your accomplishments.
But, if you plan to gut this house, install cheap Home Depot flooring, and then sell it for a quick profit, you're not likely to make a lot of new friends, here.
downtowndahlgren wrote:Since you've already stated that you want to eventually build a home to your "own" expectations, I would recommend that you continue renting and save up money towards that end, rather than buying a nice old home and flipping it, especially if you are not familiar with or knowledgeable about old homes.
The One is either an old home lover - or not. It sounds like this house meets a requirement of "cheap", rather than "OMG, I love it!". And believe me, even if you do restore it on the cheap, it will turn out to take a lot more of your time and money than you desire. Additionally, in this and the future economic climate, I doubt that any flipping you do is going to pay off as much as you would like, especially if you are planning to use the profits towards your dream home. If home ownership is essential right now due to the rent situation, there are TONS of short sales, foreclosures, etc. out there that would be a much cheaper solution than buying an old house and remuddling it and/or flipping it. Unless you LOVE this house next Tuesday, perhaps it would be better, for you AND the house, if you passed it by in favor of a newer home with less need to be "fixed". JMHO.
Sombreuil_Mongrel wrote:The only thing not "right" about the house is the expanse of siding with the tiny octagonal window in the middle of it. On a real Victorian Queen Anne, which this should be, there would have been something else in that spot. More detailing; a balconette, perhaps. A window more in scale with the space. Something. But that little window is a zit on the face of an otherwise pretty house's face. That's where I'd start exploring.
nezwick wrote:Cool house! My house was "updated" in 1970's-1980's styles also, so I've gotten pretty good at seeing old house potential in something that's been covered up. The mix of siding materials really detracts from the aesthetic of the exterior, so that might be one reason it looks strange to you. We have plenty of these eclectic Queen Anne houses around my area, so that one does not look too out of the ordinary. It would look much better sided with clapboard.
Definitely not a candidate for a fix and flip, unless it has already been flipped by someone else and no original features are left. Find something built in the (nineteen) seventies and then hack at it all you want!
Even then, as others have said, flipping is not economically smart anymore - many flippers don't break even when they try to sell.
I'd really enjoy seeing more pictures, especially of the inside.
identicalsnow wrote:I have sketched up several possible designs on graph paper and overlay to see how we would bring out the homes true nature and charm and how to work it into the budget.
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