We bought this house in July 2004, after moving back to Portland (Oregon, not Maine) from Providence, Rhode Island. Most of the other houses we looked at before finding this one had already been “redone,” usually by a flipper or by a homeowner (both of which have their potential share of problems).
Because so much of this home’s original stained woodwork was intact, we decided to take the plunge. Our previous experience with minor remodeling on three earlier houses somehow led us to believe that we could handle this one. While we’re now at the point we feel good about it, there was a lot of hardship along the way, and our original timeline was off by at least 3 years!
We spent 8 months in a house rented from a friend while doing the major work on the downstairs and the demolition on the upper level. Since then, it has been a never-ending stream of weekend projects and vacation time used to make progress on the bigger stuff. We are hoping that by the summer of
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