Photos of the house!
I took all these "before" pictures over a month ago, but I didn't want to post them until the deal was final. Now I can share!
For anyone who hasn't heard the backstory on this house, here's the deal: we're told it was built sometime in the 1850s, and that it's believed to be the oldest house in Germantown, which is one of Nashville's historic neighborhoods. It was originally a cottage for immigrant workers, like several other homes from that period which have survived in this neighborhood.
In the 150 years it's been around, many people have presumably owned this house and tried to improve on it, but the additions and changes have been inconsistent and haphazard. This house is just begging for someone to come in and clean it the hell up.
So! Our plan, in the short term, is to clean it the hell up and make the place liveable. We're calling that the "shack makeover" stage, and it's been in full swing since Saturday.
Then, in six months to a year, we'll begin investigating financing to do a major, MAJOR renovation, which will probably include leveling the back half of the house (the addition to the original house) and rebuilding, but taking it another floor higher (so that the profile will go up from front to back instead of down as it does now), opening up some of the original walls for a more loft-like interior space, adding a front porch overhang (as it clearly used to have one, and should), replacing the wood lintels above the windows with stone, as well as thoroughly redoing the kitchen (and maybe even converting the kitchen fireplace into a pizza oven), possibly adding a rooftop deck (the inspector said we have a great view of downtown from our roof), and generally making the whole house much, much cooler.
In the next few days, I'll start taking the "during" pictures. It'll probably be several years before I can take anything called "after" pictures. ;-)