old house in Ballard
For those of you following the “to level or not to level” discussion, here are a few pics of the house I’m buying in Seattle, WA. The house is small (about 850 SF) and needs extensive renovation.
Edited 5/30/2009 12:13 pm ET by AK_refugee
How are prices down there right now? At this point I am starting to see a few deals up here, but most people are still clinging to their asking prices so not much is selling.
I am hoping the camera is crooked here and not the header?
I have an old house, leveled it out as much as possible. The kitchen still has a good inch slope in the floor.
Small wheel turn by the fire and rod, big wheel turn by the grace of god.
What a great little house! I'd envisioned something a lot less lovable and livable from your description in the other thread. I love that kitchen...hope you don't "update" all the charisma out of it.
My last two houses have had daylight basements and i wouldn't have a house any other way, now.
David- Prices in Ballard and north Seattle in general have gone down some but not like the rest of the country. Right now it seems like the less-expensive homes (which around here is less than $500K) are seeing a lot of activity, probably because of the incentives for first-time home buyers and the interest rates. Still shocking how expensive homes are around here though. The lot is 4400 SF which is pretty common for Ballard. Nice thing about a small house- doesn't take up too much of that small lot!
Yeah, that is camera effect mostly (although Iâ€™m sure the headerâ€™s a bit crooked though).
Splinter- Yeah, it is a great little place, has a good feel and the 9â€™ ceilings (throughout the whole house) make it seem bigger. I like the kitchen too although it is dingier than it appears in the photo- but I am planning on â€œgreatly enhancingâ€ it rather than changing it. The cabinets go all the way up to the ceiling.
Here are some more pics. Removing the old attached shed and covered patio at the back is one of the first things I plan to do.
Skylight in the kitchen might serve better than taking up wall space with more windows. I'm guessing in Seattle you wouldn't have to worry very much about overheating.
It is a sweetheart of a place.I would recommend that you double check how removing additions will effect you for permitting in the future first, and whether there is advantage to documenting it with a permit to remove.reason - in certain areas here, it is impossible to get a permit to add on , but allowed grandfathered portions can be changed to new use.Sometimes folks tear off the old before they make application to add new and they lose that grandfathering and the benefits that go with it. You have a tight little lot there so this strategy comes to mind for the way the ordinances are written here.
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Very wise advice...
One thing I like to do is to get trees in first thing so they are growing bigger.
The front corner looks like it could use a few.