We have just moved into a two story, four bedroom, three bathroom house occupying 2 acres in a beautiful suburb outside of Nashville. While it is overflowing with promise, the fact that it has survived the 70s is etched in the brown tile floors and and cozy bathrooms.
From the road, it is an elegant brick family home. From the driveway, it needs work.
What a promising site!
The most obvious eyesore is clear from the front of the house. While the last owner of the house had invested great effort in planting the front of the house by the walkwalk, interstitial renters have let many of the plants die, finally falling back on black plastic to prevent weeds.
A close up on the black plastic. While it may have been intended to prevent weeds, it served a dual function: a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
The gutters are the most clear and present danger. While the rugs are worn and the walls need some TLC, the gutters are in a progressive state of collapse. On this side, they have completely fallen away.
Here we can see what the early stages of gutter displacement look like: baby trees and all.
Here we see a state of partial collapse of some of the remaining gutter. No number of “hang in there, baby” posters are going to hold it up much longer.
Here is something that delights me and I feel no need to change. Though, there does appear to be some paint outlines on the brick in the center top…
The back porch offers a lovely view of the tree spotted yard. The cover, however, provides dubious protection. Something that likely needs replacing.
The yard immediately behind the house shows evidence of a time where people cared and a time when people didn’t.
Apparently, the past occupants have yet to completely vacate. This part of the acquisition may soon conclude in a tow truck.