Sunday, February 22, 2009

Our First and Last Rehab

What would compel a seemingly normal family of five, who had never done a rehab project in their lives, to buy a delapidated house to fix up and use as a rental property?
I tried to pair each "before" picture with its corresponding "after".

To let you know a bit about the type of neighborhood in which this prime piece of real estate is located, I would like to share a conversation that transpired between the hubs and I one Saturday afternoon. He had just returned home from working alone at this house.

John: "Some lady said the strangest thing to me today."

Me: "Oh yeah? What?"

John: "I walked out onto the porch and this lady came up to me and said, 'Do you date?'. I said, 'No, I don't date, I'm married.' Then she just walked away."

Me: "That was no lady, Honey, that was a hooker and she was wanting to know if you were interested in paying for a little somethin' somethin'."

John: "Nuh uh."

Me, laughing: "Uh huh. Haven't you ever seen COPS?"

John: "Oh my."

Don't forget to visit Metamorphosis Monday for a lot more, and much better, before and after pictures.


  1. You did an incredible job on this! I really love this house, but maybe the "neighbors" not so much lol. What a funny story. Kathy

  2. Your rehab is great! It's worth the work, isn't it?

    I loved your "lady" story. Last week a guy on a bicycle stopped my middle aged husband while he was out for his walk. Asked him if he wanted to buy some weed. We have laughed and laughed about that one.

  3. I used to love remodeling my houses. I am not so into it these days. Our current project started on July 6. It is the master bathroom. We now share 1 shower with everyone. I don't like this.

  4. I gotta know, where is this?

    Norwood? Price Hill? Lebanon :)?

    Great job on the house. This is my husband's dream. He's so handy, can do just about anything. I'm just too nervous to do it with the market and three little kids at home. How would we find the time?

  5. Your photos are incredible. Since I can't even get the floor swept, I think I should pass on rehabing the homes:)

  6. LOL! What a funny story! :)

    Great job on the house! I hope to flip a house or two someday! I think it would be so rewarding! Hard work, for sure, but worth it in the end!

    Great Met Monday post!


  7. Funny story! And great job with the renovations!

    Carolyn of What Now? Tablescapes

  8. Haha!

    Great job on the house! I wish I was that ambitious!

  9. wow, your family is certainly turning this home into a treasure, as for the neighbours..WELL lol funny story

  10. Love what you did to this house..neighbor not so funny DH is..hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  11. My guess is lower price hill or maybe covington? Anyway, great job. Do you have renters yet?

  12. and....poor guy, didn't even know. Good thing, might have been a set up and he would have been arrested!

  13. Wow! That was a lot of work and you did an amazing job!...Christine

  14. FANTASTIC rehab! It must have seemed endless to you, all that work. But wow... nice!

    I loved the "do you date" story. I hope you don't someday regret educating your husband on that particular pickup line! ;-)


  15. Wow, Kim, everything looks amazing!

    Your husband's naivite is cute!

  16. What a fabulous renovatin! I always wanted to do that. Lots of work, but I bet lots of fun too. You and your husband did a wonderful job, Kim.

  17. What a terrific little house - the front porch is great and I really like the stairway. You and your husband have done a fab job rehabing the little gem. Fun story about the woman looking for a "date"! haha!
    Victoria from EdinDesigns @ DesignTies


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