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Before: Unfit for Dwelling

We were trying to figure out where to go and what to do when Dustin comes home one day saying he drove past this vacant day-care center with a historical plaque and a For Sale sign out front. Hint, hint. I tell him he has to be kidding. He says let's just go take a look. We have an agent show us the place, and the first thing we see inside the door is a bunch of dead mice. Next I notice the kitchen has no fridge or stove. The rooms are bare, and there are just four of them downstairs, plus a funky bathroom hanging off one side, outfitted with a tiny toilet and two tiny sinks for children.

No garage, no closets, no master suite.

Shown: The home, built in 1912, was originally also a church.
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