before and after

Before and After – c.1885 Queen Anne in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

UPDATE:

Here at OHU50K, I take a lot of time reviewing archived featured homes to see if they have been restored and to share the Before and After photos. It is very rare that the word “restored” can be applied to these homes. Let’s look at the definitions.

  1. Restoration implies picking a time period of significance in the home’s history (usually its construction date or early addition) and putting it back to that condition. Examples: Removing dropped ceilings; refinishing hardwood floors; stripping paint off woodwork; removing vinyl siding to expose original siding; replacing lighting/hardware/bathroom/kitchen  fixtures with salvaged or reproduction items.

  2. Rehabbing an old house implies staying sympathetic to the home’s historic architectural features while at the same time making it compatible with modern living. Examples include replacing kitchens and bathrooms with modern functionality but with new cabinets, sinks, etc that reflect the original style of the home.

  3. Renovation means to make new. Examples include the trends of the day, replacing old windows and doors with new.

  4. Remodel means converting the form of the house. Examples including tearing out walls for an open concept; additions; gutting and reconfiguring the blueprint and/or footprint.

I’d say renovated would be the correct term to use for most of these Before and After jobs, including the house below.

The home was on the market in September 2019 for $47,500 and sold for an unknown price. The buyer renovated it and sold it in JUne 2021 for $140,000.

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OHU50K NOTES

Located in a low crime neighborhood, this c.1885 fixer upper Queen Anne in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, sits on a lovely tree-lined street of similar older homes. This home sure has curb appeal.  Add some landscaping, and the exterior would be near perfect. The interior is a project, but I would keep that extraordinary dining room wallpaper.

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REALTOR COMMENTS

Investor Alert – Four bedroom fixer upper with two full baths. Formal dining area. Lots of character. One car garage. Great project home or rental investment. Newer furnace in home. Property Sold As Is Condition.

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AFTER

Sold on 6/22/2021 for $140,000. The dining room wallpaper and farm sink bit the dust, and I preferred the original exterior colors. What are your thoughts?

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5 Comments

  • Tami Holliday

    I totally agree with your comment about liking the previous exterior. In my opinion they absolutely ruined the outside. It’s too dark and the roof color does not match. Hated to see the original kitchen sink not make the renovation either.

  • Terrie

    I agree I love so many of the before features. These exterior paint looks much lighter and fresh not heavy and smothered. I liked the black and white cupboards in the kitchen.

  • Cindy

    The exterior looks older and run down. I think they miss an opportunity to restore. Instead they used a cookie cutter on the inside but it’s their house

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