Today marks the final day of what we’ve been calling “The Ugly House Tour”.
It is a day that will live in infamy. Maybe we shouldn’t go that far, but after today this blog is going to take a bit of a turn in another direction as we get on into the nitty-gritty of things that happened in this stage of our lives, rather than just looking at photos of walls, floors, and broken stuff.
So here we go with Part Seven of the Full Tour – The Things Lurking Under the House………………
Here we are standing in the backyard looking underneath the back deck (where the back door is). Cinder blocks and such. Improper foundations. You know, the usual.
Moving a little bit more to the left. Wiring and stuff falling down from Timbuktu (which is a real place, I must say). You know, the usual.
Moving to the left even still. Here we have some lattice. Kinda bent outta shape. You know, the "usj" (I actually looked up how to spell that word, it's not how I would spell it, but whatevs).
Moving to the left some more, you get a peak of the "under-the-house" workshop/lawn mower storage area.
This is underneath the deck by my "Favorite spot". More bad foundational support systems. Although, the deck was built better than the house itself. There's basically a lot of crazy stuff under there, including lots of spiders and their webs. Also crumbled concrete, unused but very old wood, etc.
Here's the under-the-house workshop. This area is directly under what we call the "office".
On the left of the workshop, we have the doorway to the "basement room".
Walking into the basement room. This room is directly under the 1st bedroom. We pretty much used this as a storage room (this house doesn't have a garage). You can't really tell in this picture besides the doorknob, but this is a very old door.
Random door (I guess this must be the door to the master bedroom that was missing). Unfinished drywall, gross carpet, etc.
Here's a little window that looks out underneath the big side deck. Not really the best view in the house.
Wanted to show you a close up of the hanging wires all over the place. Oh, and trash.
An interesting wire/spiderweb combo pack that came with the house! What a steal!
And here you can see how creative they got with the foundation posts. And more grossness.
Lots of gross pipage and a cinder block holding it up.
That's a cool little mini latch door between the underside of the house and the under-the-house workshop area.
Snake for drains.
So, as you see, just the underside of the house is an adventure all on its own.
Why did we buy this house? I have no idea what we were thinking at the time. But God was watching over us and made it all good and worth it in the end. Plus, I have to say, that we improved it a lot, and it was all possible, even though we had no idea what we were getting ourselves into.
Prior to this house, Kyle and I didn’t have any previous knowledge of construction or anything. Kyle was handy with cars, but that’s it. And I just knew I could fix a running toilet. But with our powers combined, Captain Planet and the Planeteers…… I mean… where was I?
Well, anyway, that concludes the ENTIRE tour of the ugly house. We hope you enjoyed it!
Tomorrow we fast forward past signing the escrow papers and go straight to the beginning of our handiwork on this piece of sad real estate. You don’t want to miss this!
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What do you think? Would you buy this house if you saw what you just saw here today? How crazy were we on a scale of 1-10? 10 being the craziest!