The featured picture was taken on my first visit to the house after being given the option to buy it and it is the reason I almost walked away. The gutters for the house were completely gone above this section of the foundation, so it took a beating for years. Inside I had literally, weeping walls, and puddles whenever it rained. I had countless companies come out to provide remedies, all had price tags $10,000 and higher. I made the decision to move forward with the purchase and had decided to take one engineers suggestion to remove and replace the most decayed sections of the foundation, about 18′. That would cost about $20,000.
Fortunately I flew my father in town to look at the house and he urged me not to do it. He took a hammer to various sections. Loose pieces fell to the ground, but in short order he reached sound areas. One engineer recommended some specific products to use. My father read up on them and said it was work he/we could do ourselves and it could wait; focus on the house. I’ve done just that since October of 2017 and then Tom Milfeld was put in my path. Everybody needs a Tom in their life. His skills are boundless. Turns out not only is he a great carpenter and tile man, he really loves working with cement. He learned the skill from his grandfather. He told me he could repair the entire outside and about two weeks ago, on one of the hottest days this year he got started. If you need a handyman and live in Cincinnati email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The BEST part of this project is I did not lift a finger. I told him I’d help dig around the house and he said that is what I was paying him for, not to worry. Boyfriend you don’t have to tell me twice. I can’t believe the transformation, which I turned into a Quik video (I haven’t made one of those in awhile).