Diane Mazefsky


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     Comment   July 23, 2014
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Diane Mazefsky
I love # 1- and lots of inexpensive things you can do to play on the cottage charm.
I grew up in that house!!!!
I think it is one of the Sears- build your own house-models from the 30s?
July 15, 2014 at 1:27pm     
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Diane Mazefsky
Wish I could post my photo of my old childhood home- it's not stored in my phone- but flower boxes, a little more detail with paint, etch- it won't take much!
July 15, 2014 at 1:29pm   
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Linda
House 1 is a classic style that hasn't been significantly changed. Given that the current owner has been using it for income property, save some of your budget for the inevitable discoveries of just "one more thing" and then another and another...

While I understand the charm of an open porch, I think you would be taking a hit on market value to remove the enclosed space. Many houses of that era had enclosed porches; perhaps the best move is to enhance the existing rather than return to original. Some authentic looking windows, perhaps with a square pane on the bottom then a shorter upper area, divided into three sections. Sets of hinged glass doors with permanent screens are common in my area. I would also look to replace the storm door with something where the bottom of the glass panel lined up with the bottom of the windows with a solid wood panel underneath with horizontal lines, not diagonals.

A new paint job using colors found in the porch lower siding and roof would give the house a rather different look. You might want to add a few touches of a dark accent color to pick out a few details. I don't care for white trim with brown or reddish roofs instead I would choose an off white that coordinates with the new body color.
July 15, 2014 at 6:24pm     
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My suggestion: if you get the house (#1), do the necessary interior work first and see where you stand budget-wise. If you can afford to at least paint the exterior, I think it would look much nicer, but it's not horrible as is, and as Darzy mentioned, could be made really appealing with a minimum investment. #2 would have required a lot more exterior work, and the slope of the front yard toward the left side of the house seemed a bit worrying, though it may have been the angle of the photo.
July 15, 2014 at 7:01pm   
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Diane Mazefsky
My countertops have etched but not stained. I can't see it except in very specific light. It looks to me like they did not deal a particular section correctly and that is where the etching is.
Or it may be from whatever my contractors did on that part if the surface.
It doesn't bother me-they still look beautiful and I live them.
Nothing seems to stain them.
July 12, 2014 at 10:55pm   
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Diane Mazefsky
^ Seal, not deal ;)
July 12, 2014 at 10:56pm     
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I should spellcheck- I love them^
July 12, 2014 at 10:56pm   
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