Who: Bill G.
Where: Lake Orion, MI
The house had been vacant for more than two years when I bought it at a County tax auction. The exterior had been neglected for decades and need a fair amount of TLC. The wood siding and cedar shakes needed repair, replacement, scraping, and paint. Various sections of roofing needed repair and replacement including the cupola. The gutters needed work. All the double-hung leaded-glass windows (31 of them) needed reglazing. The landscaping was severely overgrown and needed serious attention and a haircut. The front porch steps had collapsed and needed replacement. The arched leaded-glass front door had been stolen.