209 Gifford St Update

Renovations are moving right along at the Gifford St project. When I last showed you this house it had no roof (see the picture above).

Now after a little over a week we’ve got the new roof on, the dormer is built out, all the new windows are installed and the house is being wrapped in vinyl siding. Once the outside is complete, the roof is shingled, and the property is weather tight we’ll begin framing the new layout on the first and second floor.

Heres a look at the house so far;

209 Gifford; siding under way

Gifford St with New Dormer and Roof Line

Rear/Side View

New Dormer off Back of House and Repaired Chimney

New Second Floor

New Second Floor

Skylights added to Front of House

This will Soon be 2 Bedrooms and a Full Bath!!!

 

So thats where we’re at now. It’s a pretty significant change from what we started with. The raised roof line and bumped out dormer gives us a ton of room on the second floor. We’ll now be adding two large bedrooms and a full bath up there.

Well thats about it for tonight. I’m taking a lead abatement class all day tomorrow so I can become certified to remove lead from our properties. This is gonna come in real handy…. especially on the multi family homes so we’ll have no problems getting clean lead certificates.

One Week at 209 Gifford St

We’re a week into the Gifford St project and we are making very good progress. The inside has been completely gutted and we’ve prepared the exterior for the siding and the new dormer. Have a look at the house now….. there seems to be something missing:

 

 

  

 

Since the roof was in such poor condition we decided to chop it right off. We’re now going to raise the roof line and add the full dormer off the back of the house.  Heres a look at some of the new framing:

 

 

 

The raised roof is going to allow us to make the upstairs alot bigger and alot more functional. I’ve got some video footage of our contractor ripping the roof off. He didn’t do it by hand, he used some pretty heavy duty machinery to get the job done. I’ll post that once I get it edited.

A Look at 209 Gifford St, Springfield MA

I posted a video of this property last week but I wanted to post a couple pictures to show you what we’re up against at this house. I’m amazed that it wasn’t condemned…. actually if the city knew just how bad it was inside I’m pretty sure it would have been condemned.

It’s not the worst house we’ve done but it is up there…. the house is kind of a cross between Bessemer St and the Ware House. It is definitely real spooky inside!!

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Gifford - rear of house

Back Roof... notice the sweater coming through the hole in the roof! Who needs a tarp!

Living Room 1

Living Room 2

Kitchen.... love the chair!!

Bathroom

Dining Room/Bedroom

Bedroom - First Floor

Bathroom Ceiling

Second Floor Bedroom

Basement

Basement 2

The sweater coming through the hole in the roof is classic…. as you can see by the holes in the ceiling it didn’t do much to stop the water from coming in!! 

The house is all gutted out now and ready to be framed. I spent the day there today and we had a lot of fun. I’ll post a video and some pictures of the action there today, you’re not gonna want to miss it!!!!!

104 Columbus Ave, Holyoke – New Rehab & Deal Updates

Time for my weekly update.

We put the property at 93 White St in Westfield MA on the market last Thursday and we accepted an offer after the first weekend of showings. We actually had multiple offers on the property and sold it for slightly above our asking price. We priced this one pretty aggresively so I’m not surprised that we received a couple offers. 

239 Plumtree Rd is looking like it will be sold this week…. probably on Friday. 37 Mansfield St is under agreement with a closing scheduled for December. We were able to get a buyer for this one without even having to put it on the MLS! I’ll get some photos up of the finished rehab…it came out great!!

We have six properties under some stage of renovation and we are suppose to buy another this week.

104 Columbus Ave Holyoke MA

We closed on this property about two weeks ago. It’s a small cottage style home with 3 bedrooms, 1 full bath and a little over 1,100 sq. ft.  This house has some structural issues that we need to address. The roof had four layers of shingles and was so heavy that it was literally crushing the house!! The weight caused the rimm joist (the main joist that the exterior walls sit on) to crack and buckle out, which caused the house to sink about 3-4 inches. When the rimm joist cracked and kicked out it caused a bunch of the floor joists to also crack and bend. To fix this we are going to have to jack up the whole house and build a new foundation. Once we have a fresh new foundation we will fix the rimm joist and floor joists and set it back down. While we are at it we will gut the first floor and finish the attic space into another bedroom with a half bath.    

Here are some before pictures:

Kitchen

Kitchen

Bathroom

Living Room

Bedroom

Basement

 

Another Nasty Rehab

We closed on our latest rehab project on Friday located on Gifford St in Springfield. When I first saw this house I thought it was a pretty nice looking cape and would make for an easy rehab….. until I got inside.  The house was trashed! It smelled like a mix of cat piss and dirty diapers. There was trash waist high in the basement, living room and upstairs bedrooms. The roof was leaking so bad that it caved in the ceilings along the back half of the house and caused the hardwood floors to buckle.  Needless to say this is my kinda house!!!

We are going to be doing a complete renovation of this house including adding a full dormer to the second story just like we did at 17 Bessemer St. When we’re done this house will have new siding, windows, roof, electrical, plumbing, heating system, kitchen, bathrooms and flooring…. plus we’ll add the second story dormer which will give us two very large bedrooms and another full bathroom upstairs.

 Have a look at the house:

So what do you think of this place?? I don’t think the camera does it full justice…. you really need to experience all the sights and smells first hand!!

37 Mansfield St and New Deal Updates

Things are still moving fast and furious! We’ve had six closings over the last few weeks with one more scheduled for Monday. In total we sold four of our properties and bought two new rehabs, with a third new rehab set to close Monday. 

We spent today touring some of our projects with a couple of our private lenders from the Boston area. While we were out walking the properties we got two more offers accepted!! One is a MLS listed property that we offered on Thursday. The second is a private owner that we met with on Friday and presented them with an offer. Both are looking to close ASAP so we’re gonna be busy getting everything together for these purchases.  These two properties are on complete opposite ends of the spectrum. The MLS property is in terrible condition and will be a full gut. It’s real nasty and kinda spooky…. just like Bessemer and the Ware House were. The second property is a very light rehab; condition wise it’s probably one of the better houses we’ve purchased. It will need paint and light kitchen and bath updates.

 

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I’ve fallen behind with the updates on the fire damaged multi family on Mansfield St. We’re almost done with this one and should be able to get it to the market next week. Heres a pictorial timeline;

Insualted Walls

All the walls were insulated throughout the house.

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The sheetrock was delivered and put on all three floors.

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All the sheetrock was hung…. it finally looks like a house again!

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Sheetrock gets taped and mudded (is that a word??) 

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Vandals break in and completely TRASH all our new walls 🙁

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Just kidding…. thats a picture from when we were doing the Demo…. just making sure you’re still paying attention!
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All our new walls are painted in our beautiful TAN

 

These pictures are from a few weeks ago. Right now all the hardwoods have been refinished, all the doors have been hung, everything has been trimmed out, the bathrooms are in and we are finishing up the kitchens. I’ll have some more current pictures/videos pretty soon. 

 Stay Tuned………

Bringing Down the House… Part Deux

Heres a little bonus footage we put together to follow up on my last post.

*Warning: These are trained professionals, please don’t try this at home*  🙂 

Enjoy!

Bringing Down the House…..

well maybe not the whole house….. just the first floor.

Heres a look at how we fixed the fire damage at 70 Glenwood St. If you remember from my previous post(video or photos), the fire in this property started in the basement and burnt all the floor joists and support beams in the front half of the house. So to fix it we had to cut out the whole floor. Luckily I was there with my camera to capture the whole thing. Heres a look:

Cutting out the Floor

Cutting out the Floor

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First Section Gone

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Second Section Gone!

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Almost There

Ripping out the Last Peice

Ripping out the Last Peice

Can We Save these Hardwoods??

Can We Save these Hardwoods??

All Gone!!

All Gone!!

Looking at the Front Door from the Basement

Looking at the Front Door from the Basement

Heres Whats Left of our Floor!!

Heres Whats Left of our Floor!!

After cutting out the whole floor our contractor rebuilt it from the ground up.
Heres our shiny new floor:
New Floor

New Floor

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And a look from the basement:
New Center Support Beam

New Center Support Beam

New Floor Joists and Plywood

New Floor Joists and Plywood

Whew, that was a lot of work…. I’m tired from just looking at those pictures!!