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Firefighter3244 09-04-2011 05:07 PM

1938 TN Home - My First Home, My First project, Tons of Pictures!!!
Hey Everyone, I made a thread when I purchased the home a few months ago. I'm creating this as my official project thread where you can follow
everything I'm doing, and help me out. :laughing: I have lurked these forums for a lil while now and plan to pull the great knowledge from all the wonderful minds that are here!

So, I suppose I'll start.

I received a binder a few months after I bought the home, it's amazing but it tells the homes story and other wonderful details. I'm so lucky to have this binder/book. I'll get to the story after the specs.

Specs: Purchased for 100k Foreclosure :thumbup:
1938 TN home, Zoned Historical property via the local zoning and Historical society.
Main Floor 2,600 sq ft
Full Unfinished Basement Additional 2,600 sq ft.
Unfinished Attic 902 sq ft
Original Refinished Hardwoof Floors ThroughOut the entire Main Floor.
Granite Counters in Kitchen and Laundry Room
10 ft ceilings
3 Bed, 2 Full Bath. 2 Living Rooms, 2 Dining Rooms (remember formal and family versions)
2nd Living has a room off of it, which I'm turning into a wonderful master closet.
7/10 of an Acre Lot.
Paved Drive ( Needs redone )
2.5 Car Carport. Brick. Only needs door and bricking in window to make garage.
I purchased the home from a couple who bought it in 2005 for 160,000
and then put almost 60,000 into it to help restore it to it's current condition.

I love all the wonderful detail and the home has so much character you simply don't find in newer homes unless their multi millions, even then it's not that same character in my opinion.

I got this book. This drawing was done in 1999 and inside of this are pictures, quotes for work to be done, receipts and other things pertaining to the home.

And heres the store on the inside cover..

It goes on etc.... records of all prev. owners etc... It was awesome to have the story behind the home. Esp one this old.

Photos of the home. I'm going to Include Photos when I bought it, and below that will be it's current state and how it looks.

Firefighter3244 09-04-2011 05:08 PM

Dark spots on home are shadows from tree, lol not dirt.

One of my 4 security cameras. Video/Audio DVR HDD with Motion sensor Night etc... I love this system.

The Custom Arched front door + frame etc....

Main Living Room

Main Dining Room

Firefighter3244 09-04-2011 05:08 PM


1st Full bath, Shower/toilet are to right of door/sink.

2nd Living room ( New Master Bedroom )

Room off of 2nd living room ( Turning it into Master Closet, maybe bath )

2nd dining room. You can see the 2nd living through the double doors in 1st pic. And in 2nd pic you can see the main dining, and laundry on the right.

Firefighter3244 09-04-2011 05:09 PM

2nd Full Bathroom.

The Laundry Room with ample storage. It's Really large and lovely.
I've since Installed New Stackable HE washer/dryer

1st Bed

2nd bed

3rd bedroom which i've turned into my Home Office. And where I'm typing this right now! lol


So thats all the photos for now!

Hope you enjoyed, and hope you come back to check my progress!


BigJim 09-04-2011 07:49 PM

You have a beautiful home, I especially like your floors, some of the wall colors aren't my first choice but it isn't my home either. I would for sure say you got your moneys worth.

May I make a suggestion, edit your first post and remove the city you live in and remove the first picture with your address in it. You have already told the world you are a firefighter so that means you will not be home on certain days and giving your address is just not wise. You also told that you have cameras.

I am not try to be a know it all or a smart butt I just wanted to call your attention to the fact that there are bad people in the world. Again, I really like your house and we will be glad to help you if we can.

gma2rjc 09-04-2011 11:58 PM

Congratulations! You have a beautiful home.

I love the sink in the laundry room and all the storage space in there. Does the house have 7 exterior doors? That will be nice if there is ever a fire... God forbid.

For $100 grand, you got a steal! It's really nice that you appreciate the character and history of the house.

Who sent you the binder?

I wonder if there was ever an awning over the front porch where the short brick columns are.

I'm looking forward to seeing more pictures.

Firefighter3244 09-05-2011 11:01 AM

Thank you, I'm looking forward myself to making the property
look great and give it more details.


Edit: Oh By The Way, The Colors! Haha Those aren't staying that is what they are currently when I moved in. Yeah I don't like the colors either!
lol Except for the Dinning room red, I think I like that one. And the 3rd bedroom green. But the rest are getting paint!

gma2rjc 09-06-2011 09:02 AM

Are the baseboards in the bedrooms marble or a faux finish?

Firefighter3244 09-06-2011 10:03 AM

Lol its all paint. I hate and cant wait to sand it down and repaint it all.

oatlord 09-14-2011 08:17 PM

Is this in Gallatin by any chance? It looks so familiar.

Doc Holliday 09-14-2011 08:28 PM

If that home were here in Houston it'd fit in in what is known as The Heights which is Houston's Historical District and would easily value at three times what you paid. Homes half that size which is the norm for The Heights and which are built in the same manner as yours go for three times that much.

Your home has a lot of character and for an older home it seems to flow nicely. I like it.

Thadius856 09-15-2011 09:04 AM

First time I read this thread, I was behind a proxy that blocked your pictures. The text didn't do it justice.

All I can say is WOW! You have a beautiful home. It looks so tiny from the first picture... in the 800-1000 sq ft range. I can't believe it's so massive!

I stole a glimpse of your car port from the edge of one picture. Any chance we could see the whole thing? It's very interesting.

Dinggus 09-15-2011 12:20 PM

I love how each room is a different color, it reminds me of my house. I also love the coloring of the front door area, blue walls.

Firefighter3244 10-22-2011 10:53 PM

Wow, Sorry guys. It's been awhile since I've been on.

Well, I've done a ton of yard work and some other small things.

I'll start updating really soon.

Thad: Of course ya can! Here ya go. 2 Car Carport, Full brick with Left side Large Openings as windows. Love it. I could throw on a door and brick in the windows and have a true garage...

Its 40x23 if i'm not mistaken. Sry I forgot. Full size 2car....

I'll get some pictures tomm. Lots of Yard work.
Actually going to have a few projects coming up this week.

1: Gutter System. The Old Gutter System of Iron pipes are leaking and I get some moisture in the basement. Going to re route the piping with PVC. Should be a fun project. Always been into Hydro dams and Hydro ReRouting. haha

Thadius856 10-23-2011 12:53 PM

Well, that's quite the carport! It certainly looks like it's built to last. I'm certainly envious.

I'm limited to a one-car driveway and 2-3 curb spaces. :\

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