One year after the fire on our street, the rebuilt houses are finally near completion. The couple who own the house (on the right) are planning to move in this weekend. It will be nice to have them back.
The duplex (on the left) just had its gas line connected, so it should be ready for occupancy soon.
As you can see from the old photo below, the owners of the house tried to retain the flavor of their old house, even though they made it quite a bit larger. It’s gorgeous on the inside. I covet their pecan flooring and cherry cabinets, while Larry lusts after their upgraded plumbing and electrical.
They were able to salvage their 100-year-old fireplace mantel from the original house. It was refinished and looks awesome.
As for the duplex? The old one (below) was the most modern house on the street, built around 1981. It didn’t really fit into the neighborhood, but at least it was kind of interesting. It had a long extension on the back, with a bank of south-facing windows that looked like they would have made for a wonderful space.
Sadly, the owner chose to rebuild as cheaply as possible, and now it looks like crummy army barracks. Believe me – it looks much better in the top photo than it does in person. I didn’t know you could get vinyl siding that was so thin. The first big windstorm or hailstorm is probably going to do major damage.
Oh well, I’ll just be glad to have the street back to some sort of normalcy, without all of the construction vehicles clogging up the road.