Foreclosed Foursquare before turned into spectacular home
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Before: Foreclosed Foursquare

"The craziest part is that I truly believed we could do this project for about $50,000 and have it done in four months while doing most of the work ourselves," said owner Matthew Manning.

With the city of Oakwood, Ohio, requesting that he begin his renovations on the outside and work his way in, Matt got started. For the first few weeks, he patched siding and recreated some of the exterior's rotted trim with pressure-treated wood, trying to stay ahead of the painters. His wife, meanwhile, began work on the neglected front yard, digging out stumps and building rock walls.
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