Thank You Times Two

If you know us, you know that we rely on others’ expertise to do things right. Sometimes, those experts come to us first. Almost like divine intervention. This happened on two occasions recently, and we must say Thank You!90111

When our dear friend and realtor learned about Magnolia Properties, she began actively searching for those beautiful homes that needed some TLC. Every time she found a potential property, she’d call and ask if we’d like to jump in the car to see it. Ultimately we landed on the Colclough House.

Not only did she negotiate the contract on our behalf, she navigated several unusual issues with city zoning, an oil tank, and a driveway easement. Check out her web site. Thank you Cristine!

Our second Thank You goes out to Brooks Adams with Minerva Design and Renovation. During one of our numerous visits to the Colclough House before closing, we ran into Brooks who was restoring the home that borders our backyard. We immediately bonded with Brooks. He gave us a tour of his project and explained his background in home restoration. He started out like us…renovating one house at a time.

What we love most about Brooks (other than his dog) is his eagerness to help and share his expertise. We learned so much about the Historic Rehabilitation Standards and the obstacles we’ll overcome in restoring an old house. Check out Brooks’ story on the Minerva web site. Thank you Brooks!

 

 

 

The Next BIG Thing

It’s been a long wait for our next house. After over a dozen auctions and several months of searching, we finally found our next adventure…and it’s a BIG ONE.

Jennifer and I recently closed on a beautiful 1910 historic home in Downtown Durham. We’ll refer to it as the Colclough House since William Colclough was the original owner.

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Since closing a few weeks ago, we selected our General Contractor, a native of Durham who specializes in historic restoration. We also submitted the first part of the application to qualify this project for a national historic tax credit.  Stay tuned for a dedicated blog on that process.

We’ve got so much to share…so many fun details. For now, we’ll share a few photos of the Colclough House. We’ll post often with lots of pictures. Let us know what you think!

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View from the back yard.
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View from the front door. Check out the original hardwoods!
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This home has six fireplaces!
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Fireplace in the downstairs bedroom. This is original tile!
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Downstairs bathroom. The tub will be refinished.
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Main hallway downstairs. Water damage above from a burst pipe.