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Old 05-18-2012, 07:38 PM   #1
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so I have a 28'x150' lot. Its very small. My house is pretty tiny, its maybe 650 sq ft total, with maybe 450 sq ft livable. Its one bedroom, one bath. I live alone except for a small visitor every other weekend

Im going to be turning it into a proper place to live. Little by Little, piece by piece.

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Front of House,


Front of the House from the Street


garden wall and flower beds, just off sidewalk


a tiny pool, one of my gargoyles has taken it over. Had some blocks he was sitting on but they got used for a flower bed


Backyard for foundation project


the Jungle, going to be cleaned up and graded down for A/C and Utility work, any extra concrete from the foundation will go here so it doesnt over grow.


end of house, lets you know how small it is, fence sure needs work, wont hire that guy again...


house edge for plumbing and an edge to the foundation, I dont have to put a footing here, just tie it in.


this will all be concrete about right to where I am standing the width of the house, ready for a 2 story addition


Rest of house:



the corner there where the house sticks out, you can see the old paint coming off and the new washing machine drains and dryer vent


here is the side yard, going to put down sand and small gravel to make a play area for my kid.

I have a few other projects, Ill post on as I go. As you can see, its not much of a house right now, but Ill be working on it all summer and post how things go.

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What is with all of the graffiti.

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I make statues, I have to clean out the nozzles on the spray cans after I use them, so you hold them upside down for a few seconds and spray till its clear. I got bored with making runny dots so I started making patterns and such. It needs painted over anyway so Im not real worried about it. Painting is another project Im working on. After I get the house painted, strange marking will get moved to the back of my fence instead.
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You might want to use that cardboard in picture #7 to clean your spray nozzles. Otherwise you will end up having to redo your fence at some point too
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