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.
Several years ago, this sweet bungalow was vacant and neglected with a failing asbestos shingle roof, but it was not yet falling down. It is located on a busy main street in a town that is not thriving. Most nearby properties are commercial, and a vacant house next door was in even worse shape. Two dying pine trees towered over the house, ready to fall 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 were removed, and the house has a new asphalt shingle roof. 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.
Understanding what is possible is the first step in planning a restoration. “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners” was written to help homeowners see the potential and then design and execute the project.
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© Scott T. Hanson 2023
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