Sunday Stills: ‘Abandoned’ house; the full catastrophe.

I was rather apprehensive about seeing the inside of the abandoned house which we bought a few months ago. I knew what it looked like in February, but it had been through another hot, wet and humid Florida summer since then, and with the roof still leaking like a colander, so who knew what new horrors might be lurking there. This is what the roof was like before it was redone.


The imposing front entrance certainly belied what lay beyond, although all the notices stuck on the door, did give one a clue that the house had been empty and uncared for, for four years.


The whole roof had to be replaced, and our contractor said to hubby, “It was a very unhappy house, but now it’s happy again.” We now have the smartest roof in the whole street.


One would never guess from looking at the outside, that once through the door, this grim sight would be there to greet you.


The previous owners must have left in a hurry, as they left behind this gorgeous old radiogram, which was taken away by the garbage truck this morning, along with a lot of other rubbish.


The kitchen will of course need to be totally gutted and redone. That ugly piece of wall on the left, is right in the middle of the living area, and will also have to go.


I’m sure you’ll agree that the second bathroom is in need of a bit of a makeover.


This guest bedroom isn’t quite ready for visitors yet.


The floor and windowsill of the other spare bedroom were absolutely covered in dead bees. The poor things must have got in, but couldn’t get out again.


The master bedroom is huge, but that once gorgeous, plush cream carpet is totally ruined, so will have to come up.


The bathroom needs a lot of titivation too, and that awful wallpaper has to go.


Here’s another bathroom in line with the master bathroom, so we’re going to combine the two to make a ‘his and hers’ shower. How’s this amazing wallpaper? Are any of you interested in the ancient treadmill. It’s going for free. πŸ™‚


There’s a really big lanai, half of which will be incorporated into the main living area.


The view is just as we remembered it, and I’m hoping the white pelican that I saw there in February, is still around somewhere.


Well that’s about it. All the floor tiles have to be taken up, and the ceilings sorted out. The garden is a bit of a jungle, but hubby is going to look for something like a machete to hack his way through the undergrowth.


We do have our own stash of bananas in the front garden.


Also, there are mushrooms on the back lawn, so we won’t starve; just joking of course.


Lots of work to do. Thank goodness I don’t have to live there whilst it being done. Hubby is a really keen renovator, and this will be the first house he’s done, without me having to live with the mess. I remember one house in Johannesburg, where I had to literally walk the plank from the front door to the rest of the house, after he’d taken up the worn out wooden floor. He then knocked down a wall and eventually filled the hole with the rubble. I’ll keep you updated on the progress of this house. I’m sure it’s going to be quite a transformation.

133 comments on “Sunday Stills: ‘Abandoned’ house; the full catastrophe.

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  2. I feel like I just walked through one of the homes we were shown before we purchased the one we’re in now. After doing a great many renovations on homes we lived in and on rental properties we decide it was time to hang up the work belt.
    It’s amazing how well it all turns out in the end. The view is priceless, Sylvia, and will make it all worth it. God Bless your New Casa ..!!! 😍

  3. wow- some house e- I love tile roofs and the new one is just gorgeous – and no thanks not he treadmill – but do appreciate the offer – ha! and wow, this is quite a project and I Look forward to seeing the transformation. I did not have the chance to read other comments, and you may have discussed this – but are you worried about mold being in the walls? Just curious – but I am sure with your husband;s experience that is fully covered… πŸ™‚ ❀

    • I am back again – and I read the other comment about the plantains – and had to share that I once heard that when Florida was originally being developed – I guess folks hoped and thought bananas would be the money maker – but it turned out to be oranges!

      anyhow, I think you have plantains – but not sure – and found this (just FYI)

      Instructions to tell the diff between banana and plantain:
      Observe the plant’s leaves. While the colors of the leaves on both plantain and banana plants vary, you can sometimes tell which is which by checking out the shape. Plantain leaves are similarly shaped to shoe soles, while banana leaves tend to be longer, more tubular and sometimes even sword-shaped.

      Check the appearance of the fruit on the plant. Bananas are yellow when ripe and are an average of 6 inches long. Plantains are green or black and are an average of 12 inches long.

      Hold the fruit from the plant in your hand to feel the texture. Bananas are softer with medium-thick skin, while plantains are very firm and have tough, thick skin.

      • thanks – and that is what I thought – because in my experience – builders and contractors know that area very well – esp. in places as moist as Florida – and again – such a beautiful house!

  4. If I saw that – I’d run the other way.
    I’m sure – it will look like something from a magazine when you’re done with that.
    The roof looks GREAT!

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  6. This house is a piece of work! I would think the most dangerous part about it is the mold with the challenge to get rid of it entirely so it won’t poison you from hidden places….bit by bit, it will get done…at least you have a brandnew roof and lots of bananas to snack on! πŸ™‚

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