Empty and Neglected Wreck Becomes Clean, Crisp, and Cheerful: After

Who: Bill G.
Where: Lake Orion, MI

The hardest part was working 35 feet up on the cupola's roof and siding. This required a couple extra sticks of chewing gum to calm and steady my nerves. The part I like the best is the transformation this house went through from an empty and neglected stripped wreck to a lovely addition to the neighborhood. Previously, the house looked dark and foreboding, and now it's clean, crisp, and cheerful. I also appreciated the compliments and encouragement provided by my neighbors. It kept me afloat during some of the more trying days. I was also very fortunate to have an excellent cabinetmaker as a neighbor who built a new custom front door to replace the original stolen one. Another neighbor helped with some heavy equipment driveway excavating and gravel hauling. I still owe him a beer and fish taco dinner.

Who did the work: I did most of the work myself.
Cost: $5,000–$10,000

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