It's been an ongoing project, researching potential real estate investments in Atlantic Canada, morphing from PEI to Nova Scotia. The most recent find is a century old farmhouse, built by a sea captain in Weymouth North, Nova Scotia.
The roof was replaced fairly recently, obviously a little too late to prevent water damage to several ceilings in the upstairs bedrooms. The plaster and lath construction of 1920 doesn't hold up too well to rainwater cascading in through roofing that has reached its best before date.
Some parts of this lovely old home that are salvageable are the floors, and most of the interior walls with gorgeous old wallpaper on. The doors are old fashioned, and look to be original, even the pocket doors between the dining room and living room.
Most of the windows will need to be replaced, with double glazing.
The existing windows will make a gorgeous greenhouse, the one thing that seems to be lacking.
Plumbing, including the new bathroom downstairs, electrical, and foundation work, along with fully insulating all the outside walls and the roof, will be top priority.
The trend nowadays is to have more than one bathroom, especially when there are five bedrooms, one of which is downstairs off the kitchen, presumably for the household help, who would be close to the wood burning cook stove which would have heated the entire house but would need stoking at night.
So what's a place like this worth? There is a big difference between a tax assessment, and what someone decides their home is worth, but it's a good place to start.
The asking price on the MLS listing is $69,900. What does this discrepancy mean? It means that the vendor knows that there is a lot of work to do to fix this house and make it livable again.
Here's a basic outline of the scope of work;
Total for Phase 1 $23,000.
Phase 3, $15,000
What's our total so far? $93,900. Well within the range I anticipated for this overhaul. See more about construction costs here.
Each phase outlined above would take varying amounts of time. To keep it reasonable, count on at least one year each, because guaranteed there will be other projects that crop up.
The other costs would be fixing the foundation for the wrap around porch ($2000), and landscaping ($1000, then ongoing amount yearly to keep it looking lovely).
Speaking of landscaping, there are many existing trees and shrubs, and trellises with roses growing on them, so this will be part of the ongoing maintenance.
A potager garden to grow vegetables, fruit and herbs, accented with a rustic greenhouse using the salvaged windows from the house will act as a backdrop for weddings and family photos.
The decor will be nautical eclectic, with hand crafted accents and pieces, and lots of plants. Artists on Etsy are so creative, they will be on tap for stained glass windows, glass lamps and other whimsical pieces.
Globes, maps and all manner of sea creatures, shells, coral and ships take center stage, and turquoise, pale green and aqua accents give the shabby chic furniture a clean edge.
Update December 2020; I just discovered that this property sold for $51,000 - well below the asking price, and well below the appraised value.