Well, I'm officially moved into my new house, and it is WONDERFUL!!
After years of working on other people's places and getting my credit
polished up until it shines like a new penny, I've finally got a house
of my own. To keep it on a woodworking level- It's got not only an
excellent basement shop with an oversized door leading directly into
the garage, but an 8' x 12' (approximately- we're getting deluged with
snow right now so I'm not going to go measure it) shed on a nice
foundation with electrical outlets. As far as other stuff goes, it
was built in 1946 with Oak framing and floor joists, and was owned by
only one family- the lady selling it was 97 years old, and the place
still looks like it was just built. All the woodwork is custom-milled
natural maple, much of it with fiddleback grain and bird's-eyes- with
the exception of the upstairs bedroom, which was trimmed in african
mahogany. We're in a town with less than 5000 residents now, but it
has two excellent hardware stores, a couple of great resturants, and a
couple of lumber suppliers. The place was listed for $73k, and we
didn't even bother negotiating the price- nothing else was even close
to the condition of this house even in the $150k price range. I'm so
happy I could just about bust open! Sorry to go on and on, but it's a
big deal for me- I'm sure it's fun for anyone to get their first home,
but for a carpenter and woodworker, it's close to a religious
experience! Spent $300 at the hardware store today getting all sorts
of material to tweak it just the way I'd like it, and even though It's
costing me a fair amount of dough and I'm likely to be working
continuously for weeks or months on it (it doesn't *need* any work,
but it's getting it anyhow) it's great fun! No more downstairs
neighbors blasting music until the wee hours of the morning, no more
funny smells or cars parked in the backyard, not even a hint of rotted
moulding or faulty electrical wiring.... I'm in heaven here- I don't
think I've smiled this much in my entire life!
Anyhow, thanks for getting this far (if you did) It's probably not a
gloat, but it's a great thing for me, and I figured I'd share.
Aut inveniam viam aut faciam
Nope, 3 bedrooms and clean as a whistle! :) It was a heck of a price
even for rural Wisconsin. My brother bought one for a couple thousand
more, and it's got a leaky roof and dry rot in the floor joists. Just
a case of being in the right place at the right time, and being
willing to move when it was -20 f.
Not even a spiderweb in the place :)
Aut inveniam viam aut faciam
Congratulations! I always think it's wonderful to see somebody embrace a
project/future with such enthusiasm, be it a house, the restoration of
car/bike or breathing new life into a neglected musical instrument.
Like Edwin, I also couldn't buy much around here for under 100K, so
something in the 70's...good on you!
We'll be expecting pictures soon.
Wow. Even that far north, I'da thought you were too close to Eau Claire and
the Twin Cities to find anything under a hundred k. NICE find. I'm here
struggling with an unattached garashop in Madison where the codes and
inspectors make insulating and heating that building an expensive and
complicated task. I'm almost ready to concede defeat and put a tiny
neandershop in the basement for winters. Hey, if Frank Klauscz could go
through his apprenticeship having all the heavy machinery in an unheated
room, maybe I can too.
But even while it's good to know that somebody can find a decent house for
a decent price, anywhere, in these times, you still suck. :-)
Did you bring a family into it, or are you planning on adding one on later?
Especially since Bloomer is right next to the Chippewa County forest
(a huge hunk of undeveloped forest land for hunting, fishing and
whatever else might strike a guy's fancy) I grew up tooling around
that forest, and I've still never seen the far side of it, even on an
ATV. The folks from the cities love that for thier summer homes, and
they *do* drive up the prices.
My apartment had an unattached one-car garage, so I feel your pain!
My solution was to get a mini lathe to put in the entranceway, and
spend the winter turning. Of course, now I've got the whole basement
to play with- I just need to get a dust collector to stick in the
garage right away so the wife doesn't get tired of the dust.... of
course, she *did* let me have a lathe inside our apartment, so she
might not mind anyhow.
Thanks! Lots of looking, and lots of luck. The other ones we looked
at were junk piles.
A wife, a dog, and a couple of cats. For now, we're still undecided
whether or not we're going to expand the family unit (I've got some
nieces and nephews I can borrow, and the wife and I enjoy our quiet
and our hobbies)
It really is special finally getting into your own home, and it sounds like
you got a great one. From the sounds of the woodwork alone, I'm jealous.
Port Huron, Michigan (and it's snowing here too)
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