Here is what you do to a house to get it off the tax rolls for next year. Would you believe they were going to tax these people for this house being habitable. I don’t think so now. If the house is started and substantially on its way to demolition before January 6 in Texas, it can be taken off the tax roll for the year. Otherwise this may have cost them another $1,000 in property taxes this year.
We will go back and finish in January but this is what I can do to a house in just two hours with three of us at work. First a view of the before pictures from our first visit.
Then the incredible difference 3 of us made in two hours, including loading out the doors, windows, kitchen cabinets, and wood we took out in that time. The results certainly made a difference.
This is a rare Cistern though it will not hold water, it is still in good structural condition and could be made good again with some other parts that I have in stock.
We might have a quickie bootcamp that takes a couple days to take the rest of the house down, and perhaps a barn.
Here is the project that we came out to take a first shot at for stopping the taxes. This is one we will come back in January and finish.
The interior walls on two rooms are made of double sided beaded wood with a tongue and groove that allow it to only be nailed at the top and bottom. It is over an inch thick so it can be used for a wall in one of my Tiny Texas Houses and if sold, goes for over $10 per square foot. It is Long Leaf Pine and over a hundred years old, with no knots on it anywhere.
Here are the after shots.
This was the kitchen pantry before our visit. Both long shelves were taken out
Here is David getting started and it is a cool windy day.
The owners were kind enough to cut back all of the trees and brush.
As you can see, it will really help us not get hurt from all of the branches.
The porch floors were in bad shape. Lots of termites in the house.
Isn’t that just a wake you up in the morning kitchen. Before we cleaned it up a bit.
Incredible double sided double beaded T&G LLP walls. Before picture.
Cheesy closet with good hinges. Saved doors and hinges.
Another full wall of double sided beaded board.
One of many doors. Thinner than normal at barely more than an inch, but built from strong Long Leaf Pine where that was enough for a few centuries of life.
Now we are cooking.
Two hours is a lot of time is you are serious about making progress. We are!
No doors or windows now.
Sans doors and windows it is not such an inviting place for living in full time.
Much more light and air in the house now.
Can you tell the difference yet? This is a bit cleaner looking.
The owner said it had never looked so bright and airy inside.
All wood walls, ceilings, floors, and though the termites have had a party for years. there is still much good wood to be salvaged. At least one or two Tiny Texas Houses could come from this and the barns.