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Old 03-11-2012, 03:10 AM   #1
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I picked this up last June after attempts to buy through the bank failed and it went to auction. Cost the bank $20,000 for their mistake. It needed LOTS of interior cosmetic work (ugly wallpaper everywhere, including the ceiling) and repairs of the previous owners' modifications, but the potential was too much to pass up on. We made a few quick repairs to make it liveable, then moved in while we continued to work on it. With 4700 sq ft, it's taking a while, but we're down to finishing the wife's sewing/craft room and remodeling the master bedroom & bath. Been using an already remodeled bedroom, so the master went to the end of the list.



Built in 82 as a square farmhouse look, but the wrap-around deck and the tower extensions were added later, when the P/O's wife had a craving for the Victorian look.





These were from Bing maps and were apparently taken 6-7 years ago, when it was occupied and better cared for. The tennis court and pond are part of the 2.9 acres of property.



This is what we were looking at inside. That's wallpaper hanging from the living room ceiling. Kitchen had those funky posts at the entry.



This brick wall was built between the kitchen and the nook. Opening was behind the stove top. No other brick anywhere in the house. The chew marks on the cabinet door and wall were from their parrots. The nook has wrap around windows, so once we tore down the brick wall, the kithen was flooded with sunlight!







Examples of the wallpaper throughout the house. Stripped it ALL out, then repaired walls, textured, and painted.

With the exception of contracting out the kitchen counter tops, the wife and I have done all the repairs and mods ourselves. Will post remodeled pics shortly.


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I can say you have your hands full, that is some ugly wallpaper. Looks like you are on the right track with the modifications you have made already.

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The best way to get a feel for what we've subjected ourselves to is by video. I forgot all about this walk-through video a real estate company posted on YouTube.



For some reason, she forgot to go upstairs to the main bedrooms and the "crafts" room. You miss out on the closed in stairwell and tight hallways. Just watching this brings back lots of memories. (few good)
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Wow that is a NICE place you got there and with a good size lot! Please fill us in with lots of pictures and updates! I would love to find something like that in my area.
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More pictures??
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Your house has some great potential, it just needs to be opened up a little more, there seems to be too many walls to me.
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Beautiful house and property!
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Whew, that video about gave me vertigo! I don't mind the walking, but all that spinning around!

Looks like a great house. Don't know what youpaid, but I would guess if you hang on to that house for a few years and the market comes back, you will d very well.
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Love the look of the house.
Was the plumbing, electrical and roofing redone before you bought it?
Come on now tell us what you paid for it.
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The house is in the Gig Harbor area (voted #1 harbor in the U.S.), about 30 miles south of Seattle. A very sought after rural bedroom community, without the snobbery of Seattle. Ended up winning it at auction for $299,000. County has it taxed at twice that. Appealing that now.

Gotta have the obligatory snowy day pic.



Here are some before & after shots of the formal living room. Mantel & fireplace were located on Craigslist (gotta love it). You also get an idea of the wallpaper we dealt with. In some rooms, there was 3 different layers!









As far as the walls go, there's not much we could do downstairs without some major remods. We joked about putting up a map by the front door for visitors. The upstairs was worse, but we made some dramatic changes that opened it up. Will post pics soon.
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Before and after shots of the kitchen brick wall. Also shows off the lovely gray tile counter tops. We replaced the counter tops with LG counter tops and picked up a couple Rustoleum cabinet refinishing kits in antique white. That's next on the to-do list, along with replacing the knobs with oil rubbed bronze hardware.



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299k for all of that. I'm jealous. Its a beaut
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Another example of the lovely wall paper. If anyone ever suggests wall paper to me, they're gonna get a swift kick in the !!! This is the nook extending off the living room that was added by one of the P/Os.





Some of his trim ideas, like the wide white boards around the nook opening, didn't make sense and were removed. Our last house of 18 years was a "white house", meaning every wall was painted white. We decided that there would not be any white walls in this place.
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Sice you said it first..Ya the wallpaper is hideous
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And since I'm on my wallpaper rant, finding this picture of the kitchen ceiling is a classic example of wall paper gone wild.



While we were able to pull down most of the ceiling wall paper, then mud & sand before texture, about half way through the kitchen, they decided to use what appeared to be industrial glue to finish the job. Wound up tearing down the sheet rock and hanging new, which allowed for some needed re-wiring.

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