Before & After ~ Bungalow

Before & After ~ A 1925 Craftsman style Bungalow.

Not every before and after has to go from the verge of destruction to House and Garden cover shot. This is a good example. When I first saw this sweet bungalow four years ago it was vacant and neglected with the asbestos shingle roof starting to fail, but it was not yet falling down.

I was concerned for its future because it is located on a busy main street in a town that is not thriving. Most of the nearby properties are commercial and a vacant house next door was in much worse shape. Two sickly pine trees towered over the house, looking ready to fall and crash through the roof. Under these circumstances, the house could easily have been demolished for a parking lot.

Fortunately, someone came along and recognized the charming house waiting to be rescued. The dying trees have been removed and the house has a new asphalt shingle roof. The water damage from the old failing roof has been repaired. A fresh paint job retains the colors it has likely had since the asbestos siding was installed, c. 1950s. Perhaps a future phase of work will expose the original wood shingle siding.

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