The Mattress 8 property was one we got in Temple and couldn’t line up anyone to work on, so we passed it on to another more local investor, Zoe Grant. She’s been kind enough to send us periodic updates on her progress as she tries to turn the house back into something people can live in. Her last update was in March, when she was just getting her team started. Let’s find out how it’s going.
In One Word: Scary
Everything needs help on this property, starting from the bottom up. Zoe says, “The foundation was scary; there were many rotted tree stumps for piers.” Imagine how long ago someone used big tree stumps to support a house. When they get damp over long periods of time, they will rot! That’s why today they use concrete piers or blocks for pier and beam construction (still common here in Texas).
Water damage was another problem she dealt with. We knew the roof wasn’t in great shape, and that the worst was on the bedroom side of the house. That has required a lot of wood to be replaced.
And of course, when there’s no human living in a house, our animal friends enjoy taking up shelter there. Rats apparently considered the house a luxury hotel, judging from the number of nests Zoe’s crew found, and squirrels or raccoons liked the upper part, where a large collection of pecans was found.
Here are some photos of the work in progress. It’s great to see all the new framing and how much better it’s starting to look. Great progress, Zoe!