Ah, Villa Park, the project with two dwellings, with all the flooding, the pipes, with the irritable inspectors…that has been a project that tried the patience of Lee and Sue Ann. Although it’s a property we acquired long before we started Hermit Haus Redevelopment, we’ve all been involved with it all along, since Carol was our real estate agent when we bought it, and now Carol and Russell are living in the main house on the property and doing a bunch of landscape work.
But today we focus one more time on that casita in back. That’s right, it’s finally not just a project, it’s a HOME! Last week burly men and women showed up at Sue Ann’s large suburban Braesgate house (sniff), removed enough furniture to live for a few months, and drove it over to Villa Park. They parked it all in the casita, and she got to unpacking. After all this time, by gosh, she wanted that place to look like a residence. And it does!
The photos here are of the cozy little living space and the giant master bedroom. Sure, there aren’t any pictures on the wall and there aren’t many home decor items, but at least a person can sleep, eat, and sit.
We know this has been a big relief to our general contractor. He heard the news that the house passed inspection while on a cruise vacation. From what we hear, he immediately indulged in a good number of potent tropical drinks to celebrate the end of THAT nightmare. That was one lengthy and costly project, though he is proud that it came out very well, and eventually make us some good rental income. We figure at least we provided employment for quite a few workers during the project, so it’s not a waste.
Tomorrow a moving van will arrive, carrying all the possessions of our colleague, Anita, whose renovation story we shared last week, has fled Baltimore for relatively balmy and slightly less volatile Austin. She and Pickle the Pup will fill one of the bedrooms, while we’ll use the other one as an office and storeroom. It will be cozy, but fun, we think!
Since Villa Park is not our final parking spot, most of what Anita owns will be stored in the Villa Park Big House, along with my couches, which are making Carol and Russel quite happy. They certainly would NOT have fit in the casita!
What’s next? There is a rumor that (we hope you are prepared for this) Sue Ann and Lee’s long-awaited Bobcat project is about to get going. Of course THAT will cost more than predicted…turns out we get to rewire it. And, off we go! Theoretically it should be done early in 2017. Yup. It was originally supposed to be finished early in 2015. After this, we all sure hope we get to do some more speedy projects.
For those of you in the USA, we wish you a happy Thanksgiving. Peace to you and your families. We all have a lot to be grateful for, even though sometimes it’s hard to find those things. Finishing this project is truly a thing to inspire gratitude! Now, off to finish cooking a big meal to share with friends.