Sunday, May 03, 2015

The tree stands guard ...

My daughter and her husband, who live in NY State, searched for a long time to find a small house that they could refurbish and have as an investment. They finally found this gem (barely 20 minutes from where I live) and fell in love with the ENORMOUS tree standing guard over the property before they even looked inside. Maybe that was a good thing since the house needed everything ... new wiring, heating, plumbing etc.

The house was built approximately 100 years ago and as is often the case in Southern homes of this era there was not a basement nor a crawl space. The challenge was enormous because there wasn’t a straight line anywhere and all the rooms were out of sync; but, they had a professional house lifter come in and when the building was off the ground they were able to dig out a crawl space. That was phase #1.

The rest of the refurbishing was accomplished with their sweat equity but it’s taken 6 years. They would visit for a month or two and do as much as they could but would have to get back to NY to keep their business going. Now it’s finally completed…
and they’ve rented the house to a lovely young woman and her son. I feel sure they will be very happy there and will feel safe… with the guardian tree watching over them ! 

10 Comments:

Blogger KGMom said...

What kind of tree? I totally understand judging a place based on the trees around.

5:51 PM  
Blogger Ginnie said...

I should have mentioned that the tree is a White Oak. Thanks to KGMom for the question.

2:56 AM  
Blogger Arkansas Patti said...

Wow, that is some transformation.I am sure all that work was worth it. They ended up with a darling rental.
That tree really is a selling point.

5:04 AM  
Blogger Anvilcloud said...

Impressive job. I hope the renting thing works out. It can be a gamble.

7:08 AM  
Blogger NCmountainwoman said...

What a great project. They say any couple who can build or rehab a house together have a marriage that will withstand anything. The finished product is lovely.

7:09 AM  
Blogger possum said...

I love it! Tree and house!
It "feels" good there!

8:12 AM  
OpenID schmidleysscribblins.com said...

Great house and just my size.

11:13 AM  
Blogger Syd said...

It looks wonderful, and I am so glad that they were able to save a piece of southern culture as well as the tree. I hate to see old houses left to go to ruin.

8:38 AM  
Blogger ellen said...

What a lovely story here. The tree and that beautiful house have surely spent many years together. I'd be so happy to live in such a beautiful house.

2:34 PM  
Blogger Beatrice P. Boyd said...

How wonderful that both the house and tree were "saved" Ginnie. Kudos to its new owners for seeing beyond first appearances and saving the house, which looks like an inviting place to live.

1:10 PM  

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