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.
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) below.
I’ve reached a juncture in this project where I’ve taken it as far as I can with my current finances. The inside will be complete (master bath shower is about half finished), but without some help the outside will have to stay the way it is for at least another year, so I’m sending out an appeal. A good friend of mind encouraged me to start a Go Fund Me Page when I first learned I didn’t qualify for the restoration loan. I wasn’t fully behind the idea feeling mixed as to whether I qualified to ask, but I did it and over the past year my friends and family donated approximately $3000 (site states less, but most sent me money directly). A link to the page has been in the side bar and footer of my blog for months, but I drew little attention to it as I honestly thought I had the resources to complete everything I had envisioned.
This post will be my 132nd. I’ve gotten 38,742 views from people located in 38 different foreign countries. The idea came to me that if 3000 of the views, less than 10% translated to $5 each I would have the funds to replace the columns and paint the house. I know there are people out there in far worst positions than mine, but if you’ve enjoyed following the miraculous journey of an advance DIYer, that has put forth a herculean effort to transform an abandoned and abused house, help me reach the finish line. Have a hand in seeing this house completed with just a small donation and/or encourage your sphere of influence to do the same. I’d really appreciate your support. You’ll not only be supporting me, but you’ll be helping to beautify Camp Washington. Thanks in advance for your consideration and participation. Enjoy watching Tom transform my foundation.