open house

I’ve got some exciting stuff here, people, if you think rehab is as thrilling as I do! Remember when I said I wanted to see this house? Well, I got my wish! My real estate agent (more on that later) sent me pictures of the interiors. There’s not much to view, but that’s more than enough to get my gears turning and thinking of the grand possibilities this space holds. Man, I just love a blank canvas with which I can do pretty much anything, but I’m not ready to take the dive into a full-blown renovation. Yet. Feast your eyes and your mind.

Gorgeous. But as you can see, this is bare-bones.

Original pine pocket doors. Two sets. F’real.

Original staircase remains. Since these photos are all I have to go by, I am just speculating here–but I would design the whole house around this thing. I’d create a balcony at the landing, leaving it open to a large area below. And keep the wood dark. Yum.

Someone needs to rehab this thing and let me follow them around like a lost puppy the entire time, slurping up every drop of experience. What do you think: a dangerous money pit or an enticing challenge?


land’s end’s end

Have you all heard about this? Completely ruined my day. “Land’s End,” a 1902 mansion in New York that many claim inspired The Great Gatsby was demolished this week to make room for five more homes worth $10 million each. Disgusting. Read these articles on Curbed and ABC News. I can understand the developer’s reasoning that the $30 million price tag on the home plus the cost of renovating the place deters buyers. So lower the price by about 29 mil, dumbass. Surely to God someone would’ve paid a couple million to restore a huge piece of American history. Now we’ll never know. Check out these beautiful pictures from the ’70’s or ’80’s when this home was still a gem, found on Curbed via Old Long Island.

I die for original wood paneling on walls. And those built-in bookshelves? Comfortingly cozy. I wonder where those wood/metal chairs are now…

Can you imagine sitting on that sofa looking out into the ocean? Heaven.

I would curl up with a good book in this sunny room. And that tiger-skin rug with the green lattice and floral patterns? Love it.

Now go look at Jen Ross’s photos of Land’s End in all its deteriorated glory. Hauntingly beautful. Hard to understand how someone could let it get to that condition. Hard to believe it’s all gone now.

not-so-extreme makeover…

…but still awesome anyway. Ok, so sorry about the delay in posting, my dear one reader, I promise to do better in the future. I just know you’ve been hanging on the edge of your seat to see what I’m going to say next. That last post left a bad taste in my mouth, so I decided I should write about something positive happening in my neighborhood. A couple of small, delapidated houses the next street over are in the midst of going through a little rehab. Behold:


Currently, they look like this:



Nothing too fancy, but they were completely gutted and reinforced structurally. Nothing makes me happier than seeing older homes restored and preserved where possible. I love it when people can see potential in structures without resorting to demolition as the only option. Just warms my little heart.

I would love to see something done to this vacant house or better yet, I would love to do something to it. Baby steps, Tamara, baby steps.

By the way, if you live in Lexington, do you know about the Fayette Co. PVA website? That’s where I found my “before” pictures, you can search any property in Lexington and find information about it. Addictive.

Are there properties in your neighborhood that have undergone extensive rehab? I’d love to hear about it!