Thanks for taking a look at the old house before i got my sleeves rolled up and got to work. From these pictures, i guess you can tell there was a lot to do.
There were some good times doing this, and some tuff times as well, a few trips to the doctor for some cortisone shots, and at least one trip to the emergency room. The project has taken over 3 1/2 years so far and i still have a lot of landscaping work to do.
Several years ago a local Athens, Alabama hardware store named U.G. White's ran a billboard campaign in our little town. The bill boards showed saws and hammers and all sorts of tools, the caption read..."every man needs a good tool!" I liked that ad and put it to use. Tools do make the project. I purchased several thousand dollars worth to complete this project, but i also rented a bunch of tools from my friend Henry Grisham at H&G Rentals.
I had a lot to learn about everything. I knew from the "get go" that i was going to have to do most of the labor myself. Yea, i did hire a few laborers along the way but i did 90% of the work. I had to learn a lot about electrical, plumbing , framing, cyramic tile, bull dozing and don't forget city of Athens code.
Most folks around here hate Randy Goode's (the city building inspector) dirty, rotten, skinkin guts; but i have to say his advise and inspections helped me build a better home. As a matter of fact, my hat is off to the whole department for the help they gave me.
While i am thanking folks, I have to mention my favorite folks down at Collins Supply in Athens, and espically Mike in the shop, Flanagan Lumber Company, Home Depot, MEWS and Billy Adams Company and Bobby Redus who did my concrete work. They were wonderful to do business with, and made this project fun when it could have been the most horrible experience of my life.
The other 10% of the work was done by my great friend Jerry Coggins. He is a master at framing and trim, and he works faster than any human being on the face of the earth. He taught me so much about building in the short time we worked together and I will never be able to repay him for his effort and friendship.
And, last but not least, i want to thank the hundreds of folks who as a normal course of their lives, drive up and down West Washington Street regularly. Watching you, watching me working on this old house gave me more encouragement than you will ever know.
I don't know most of your names, and you most likely don't know mine, but y'all waved, honked your horns and slowed down to take a good hard look everytime i reached another milestone. You were helping me and you didn't even know it. Without your help, i would still be wondering when in the world i would ever be complete with this project.
Tool Time with Tom
Before A Total Renovation Project