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The Piano House

Let me start with a property I rehabbed not too long ago. It came with a piano, therefore The Piano house.

Nice cape in my neighborhood. It’s on a little side street, so I only drove by it when forced not to take my usual route. Never noticed it until I made a decision to really look for “tired” properties. All of the sudden I noticed the grass was a little taller than the houses next door.

There was a lawnmower in the front yard, but since I started noticing this house, the lawnmover never moved. It actually got snowed on, when the winter came. Clear sign of a “tired property”.

I purchased the property, and made the owner very happy by buying it for cash and in it’s as-is condition.

It turned out to be a pretty standard rehab – complete new plumbing, new furnace, kitchen and the bathroom were both gutted, new floors, new doors, new trim, couple of windows, updated electrical, all new fixtures, new paint. We rebuilt front steps with nice composite and fancy railings. Also, removed a shed in the back that was barely standing there.

It took about 2 months to rehab and it came out really nice. We had it under contract in couple of days.

Below are Before & After pictures.

First a few BEFORE:

Exterior front


Living room


Bath before

Basement – before

And here are some AFTER pictures:

Exterior – After

Kitchen – Completely gutted. Installed new pretty much everything – cabinets, counter, appliances, window, backsplash, walls, insulation, floor …


Living room – new floors, trim paint

Upstairs – again new walls, reframed closets, new half wall in lieu of raling, new floors, paint

Bath – all new fixtures, tiles, plumbing, walls, insulation, floors ….

Basement – cleaned, painted, new furnace, new PEX plumbing on the wall

New electrical panel

Close up on the plumbing – I love the PEX – much easier to work with and it takes a lot less time to install

In the next post I’ll share another project with a twist. Subscribe to this blog, so you don’t miss a thing.