On Thursday, 9/17/2015, we closed on a house in Waterford, MI. This house has been vacant for over three years and has been overrun by vegetation, raccoons, squirrels, and spiders. It also happens to be one of the ugliest, most poorly laid out houses we have ever seen (and we have both seen a lot of houses over the years, due to our experience as house inspectors). We will be completely gutting and remodeling the Mapleleaf Residence over the next 6-8 weeks so that it can hit the market in early-to-mid November.
As you can see, the exterior of the house (at least the part that isn't completely covered by overgrowth) looks eerily similar to a barn, with its red paint and gambrel roof. The interior looks like a rustic lodge with a lofted 2nd floor, but the layout is so poor that it's completely unusable in its current state. The stairs land right in the middle of the already small living space, chopping it in half. The two upstairs bedrooms do not have doors and are therefore open to each other and the whole first floor; there is absolutely no privacy. The furnace and water heater are in a terribly inconvenient location that creates a bowling shaped area at the rear of the house. Click on the photos below to see the interior:
If you know anyone in the market for a custom designed, modern home with access to Elizabeth Lake, tell them to follow along on the blog to check in on the progress. Time to start demo!