Colonial Cottage Complete Restoration (Part One)


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We lost our house of 10 years a few years ago so I went on the hunt for a cheap fixer upper and boy did I find one! A beautiful property (once cleaned up!) within 5 min walking distance of a lake. Purchased towns interest in property for a dollar. and hired a lawyer to foreclose on back taxes at a cost of approx 5k. A note on the house under the siding states it was built the first time 1803. For a couple years now i have cleaned up the yard, gutted and rebuilt the house replacing all rotten wood, new foundation put in, dug and laid by hand! Good way to loose some weight! haha. With the house stable inside I started putting the restored windows back in and new siding up. This is tough to sum up for the allowed text here but if you're interested in seeing more i've created a blog for family and friends at


Everything under the sun

before any outside work, getting garbage out of house, was completely full of it inside & out!

nasty interior living room

nasty interior dining/kitchen

gutting interior, first floor completely rotted, dug out ground to allow crawl space

back of house, lower roof failed, back wall could be pushed and would swing, was just hanging not bearing on the completely rotted timber foundation it once sat on

most of back wall removed and digging for new foundation

a garage that was almost the size of the house had burnt down and all the debris remained, filled 2 - 30 yard dumpsters and still have a big burn pile, not sure what needed more work the house or yard!

more of the garbage and burnt garage remnants

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