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Old 01-05-2015, 11:58 AM   #1
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So I guess its time to start my garage story/build. In my search to stay debt free I've stumbled on buying a property at our local counties tax auction. A few months ago i won a house in town. The best part is it cost me only $843.00. After spending another couple hundred dollars to have a secondary title search and survey done, as well as waiting the 60-90 days i now have full and lien free possession/ownership of the home! The home is a 1929 build of about 1300-1400 sq/ft with 3 bedrooms, and will get a full remodel. The garage was added much later. However it needs much attention as well. Its spent the last 5-6 years with half the roof missing. It is also a little short for my ideal wishes with a ceiling height of 7'3". But after getting rid of the huge piles of sticks, leaves, and other debris it seems the floor and foundation of the garage are in very good shape.

Next post, pics and more info. I hope some of you would like to follow along I'll have many questions and all input is appreciated.
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Old 01-05-2015, 01:08 PM   #2
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post up your pics and you'll get people to follow along and then make a Sig and link it back to your build thread.

good luck and enjoy.
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All the best with your new home and garage..
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Old 01-05-2015, 03:48 PM   #4
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So here are a few pics to start off with. As you can see its pretty rough. These pics were taken after taking away 4 full loads with my dads old ford dump bed.
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Absolutely love the truck
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Old 01-05-2015, 03:56 PM   #6
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Absolutely love the truck
I'll tell you what. It was a good find. It had been sitting for a couple years and was going to be scrapped. After $500 for the truck, a new battery, throttle cable and 10 gal of fresh gas we drove it home. We got it home changed the fluids, put new wood on the bed and its been running like a champ ever since. It even has a dual cylinder lift.
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Old 01-05-2015, 04:01 PM   #7
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love it so far if you go through my thread this type of build save is right up my alley.

cept I had to tear mine down and reassembly 4 years later after teardown.

good luck and keep us updated as you go!!!
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Old 01-05-2015, 06:24 PM   #8
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Look forward to following. Wouldn't mind seeing pictures of the $800 house either. subscribing now....
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Old 01-06-2015, 09:42 AM   #9
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Is that asbestos siding?
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Old 01-06-2015, 10:45 AM   #10
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For $800 you can't go wrong. Pictures of the house remodel would be of interest also.
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Old 01-06-2015, 12:53 PM   #11
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Is that asbestos siding?
All wood siding. I'll snap some pics next time we work on it. It's a bit of a wreck now since we've already started the gutting process.
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Great score OP. Your excellent buy at tax auction will pay off when your hard work is done restoring/remodeling.

That wood lap siding will need lots of scraping/sanding, along with LOTS of primer and paint!! Only thing to worry about is lead-based paint. Suggest you test some samples.

Good luck with improvements to garage as well.
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Old 01-06-2015, 03:33 PM   #13
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So I went and grabbed a few pics today of the house. Its a solid house. I'm pretty impressed with the bones of the place. It has a single layer of shingles and does not leak. It also seems to have had some work done under the house with new blocks and what not supporting the floor.
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Old 01-06-2015, 03:37 PM   #14
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One thing i was surprised to find was the open space in the attic. There is at least 12ft of height when standing in the attic. There are also some nice bay windows that I'm still unsure if i want to keep or not. Also the wood siding seems in good shape except where the down spouts for the gutters are located. They have leaked over the years rotting the siding. There is however 6 or 8 inch wide wood sheeting under the siding that is still in good shape.
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Old 01-06-2015, 03:46 PM   #15
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Now for the ugly. As i said earlier we have already started gutting the place and have a huge mess. Unfortunately the plaster wasn't in very good shape it was cracked, falling, and patched in a lot of places. So over the last couple of days we tore down most of the ceilings, the wall between the living and dining room, and the plaster and slats in the living room. We also found some pretty scary electrical junctions hidden the one i pictured was just how i found it with the wires twisted together and soldered.

So now I'm off to clean up this mess so i have room to make another. The old truck is going to be getting alot of use.
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Old 01-06-2015, 04:12 PM   #17
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That is probably going to be the most expensive cheap house you will ever buy. I applaud your ambition.

Awesome truck.

Do you have a rough time frame when you plan on completion?
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That is probably going to be the most expensive cheap house you will ever buy. I applaud your ambition.

Awesome truck.

Do you have a rough time frame when you plan on completion?
This is true. But with two young kids (5 and 1) my plan is to keep myself away from a mortgage and use what would be my house payment to fund vacations and college, ect.

Right now I'm shooting to get it done by fall. But we will see how work goes this year. I may end up having to hire some stuff out.
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Best of luck with your new house. Undoubtedly much work ahead, focus on one task at a time to achieve your goals!

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That looks like a full time job, but one I would have a lot of fun with. What's the budget like for fixing it up? Are you just doing things as you can afford them?

I've seen a lot of reno's of houses just like that in Atlanta, but their listing prices after renovation are $400k+ in re-gentrified neighborhoods. What that makes for are a lot of cool features to make them more competitive in a hot market--like crawl space wine cellars with access through a trap door in the kitchen floor, some reuse of siding on kitchen end panels for the rustic reclaimed trend, high end fixtures, outdoor cooking areas, etc. Lots of cool ideas and many that wouldn't cost much to incorporate.
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