Transformation

Ed and Barb - Rip up and haul away old carpet. Then pull every carpet tack out of the floor.

Ed and Barb – Rip up and haul away old carpet. Then pull every carpet tack out of the floor.

Have a giant yard sale.

Have a giant yard sale.

Thanks for helping, mom!

Thanks for helping, mom!

Nate saved me money on giant nails but cutting his own from rebar - for the "fortress."

Nate saved me money on giant nails but cutting his own from rebar – for the “fortress.”

And so much more! People were buying stuff from inside both houses, went through the junk in the shed, and peeked behind the curtain I'd put up in the basement to separate the stuff for sale from the stuff I hadn't had time to go through yet. Yoopers are willing to put in the work for a bargain!

And so much more! People were buying stuff from inside both houses, went through the junk in the shed, and peeked behind the curtain I’d put up in the basement to separate the stuff for sale from the stuff I hadn’t had time to go through yet. Yoopers are willing to put in the work for a bargain!

What does it take to transform an unkempt nearly 100 year old house into an inviting vacation retreat?

MORE prep, MORE of than damn blue tape, and MORE painting. Thank you, Barbara!!!

Seemingly endless hours prepping and painting. If we never see blue tape again it won’t be soon enough, right, Barb?

Raccoon damage to the bathroom ceiling, attic and roof.

Hire guys to repair raccoon damage to the bathroom ceiling, attic and roof.

Remove ugly and rotted structures, build new stairs

Remove ugly and rotted structures, build new stairs

Remove and burn trash

Remove and burn trash

Sand, re-caulk and re-paint old windows

Sand, re-caulk and re-paint old windows

Prep for painting and have a new screen door built to size.

Prep for painting and have a new screen door built to size.

More painting prep. I didn't count how many tubs of wood filler we used.

More painting prep. I didn’t count how many tubs of wood filler we used.

Living room and bedroom floors were scrubbed, sanded, cracks filled, primed, then painted.

Living room and bedroom floors were scrubbed, sanded, cracks filled, primed, then painted.

Picnic gazebo had been boarded up years before. Full of junk and critters inside.

Picnic gazebo had been boarded up years before. Full of junk and critters inside.

That is old wallpaper made to look like paneling. When we peeled off the painters tape after painting the trim, the wallpaper came off, so we painted the walls too.

That is old wallpaper made to look like paneling. When we peeled off the painters tape after painting the trim, the wallpaper came off, so we painted the walls too.

Shy Barb and I take a break.

Shy Barb and I take a break.

Painting

Painting

More painting

More painting

Filling gaps where critters can get in. Actually this is me at my house. I got that orange goop everywhere.

Filling gaps where critters can get in. Actually this is me at my house. I got that orange goop everywhere.

Hire professionals!

Hire professionals!

Bring in the big toys to bring in materials for the erosion control structure

Bring in the big toys to bring in materials for the erosion control structure

Fill in the cracks between the building and the new screens you paid to have built. Um...did they not know that my intention was to keep flies out?

Fill in the cracks between the building and the new screens you paid to have built. Um…did they not know that my intention was to keep flies out?

Spend lots of money having very strong, hard-working guys build a giant fortress on the hill.

Spend lots of money having very strong, hard-working guys build a giant fortress on the hill.

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