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RHMichael 06-18-2012 04:39 PM

Newbee with 175-Year-Old House
My wife and I bought the house of her dreams a few years ago. It is a historic home in Southwest Michigan on the St. Joseph River. It was owned by her grandparents for about 40 years (1960-1999) and left the family in 2004.

To make a long story short, it was sorely neglected for five, maybe 10 years. It didn't take long to realize that we were the first family to live there year 'round for at least 50 years, maybe significantly longer. Let's just say there is lots of work to be done. My home-office, as well as the chicken coup and storage, is in the barn, which needs a roof. That will likely be done this summer by yours truly.

By the way, My name is Michael and I am 54. By vocation for the last 25 years or so, I have been sitting behind a computer. My main assistants will be my wife and our 12-year-old son.

After replacing the barn roof, we will remodel two bathrooms and enclose a patio. Since the new roof on the house has leaked since Day 1, we/I may replace it next year, if the barn roof isn't too much of a hassle. And then there is the dock on the river, which needs new pilings. Then there is the hot tub to go onto a yet-to-be-created concrete slab. There is more to be done, but this listing is a start...

I will be seeking direction for most of the projects. Thank you for your awesome website and guidance to us DIY'rs.

Yours in Success,


Blondesense 06-18-2012 04:44 PM


RhodesHardwood 06-18-2012 10:54 PM

Welcome to the forum. Great intro.

BigJim 06-19-2012 09:19 AM

Welcome, ya got any pictures of your home?

user1007 06-19-2012 12:08 PM

A lot of us have worked almost exclusively on antique homes so welcome! You are in for a ride if you have not had one before! I happen to think it is well worth it to take on an oldie.

Evstarr 06-19-2012 12:55 PM


AtlanticWBConst. 06-21-2012 07:29 AM

Hello Michael = Welcome to the site.

kadesmith 06-21-2012 09:55 AM

Just remember a site like this can make your bones feel old real quick.

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