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Save-a-Haver

Postby RadBrad » Mon Jan 21, 2008 11:47 am

About two months ago I got a phone call that the house Ralph Haver built and
lived in with his family on 11th Place was on Craigslist as a FSBO. I asked
some questions and then arranged a showing with the Danelys
(http://www.nichefindyours.com). I really was not at all in the position to buy
another house and initially was just curious to see the inside. The Danleys
didn't seem to mind arranging a little tire kicking tour for me so we met
over there the next afternoon.

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The house from the street was a little rough but overall not in that bad of
shape. Then we went inside. While the tenants had kept it fairly tidy they
managed to cover up every single window and source of light in the entire
house. Inside the house was almost all original; cabinets, windows,
built-ins, light fixtures, etc. To be honest, it was a little weird
thinking of Ralph walking around this place in his underwear, standing in
front of the open fridge drinking milk from the carton, brushing his teeth,
eating dinner with his family... I was overwhelmed with a feeling of
sadness to see the state of his family home. I'm not sure exactly when he
moved out but it has suffered many years of neglect.

The backyard looked like the aftermath of a tornado and the guest room
(bucky's studio??) was even worse. After some discussion with the Danleys,
the Kings and a few other MoPho's I felt an obligation to do two things. 1.
Not let some investor snatch up this property and perform the stucco,
granite countertop & hardwood floor fix-up and 2. Return it to it's former
original glory.

I am in the middle of two Haver re-habs and just two weeks from launching a
software application I've been developing out my own pocket for almost two
years, so when we talked to the owner and learned that the renters wanted to
stay and were paying enough rent to cover the mortgage we made an offer.

They accepted the offer, it went into escrow and after a few hiccups we
closed and are the new owners of this historic property. All is good and
RadBrad has a big smile on his face, goal # 1 accomplished. Then, and this
is where it get interesting, I go over to collect rent and establish a new
lease figuring I can hang on it and do the restoration at a later date.
After a brief conversation I find out the tenants have no money and haven't
paid rent for the last couple of months, a little piece of information
withheld from the previous owners.

We really tried to work with the tenets to keep them there, even letting
them pay weekly but on Friday I showed up again to try to collect rent and
they had snuck off in the middle of the night Thursday leaving the place in
shambles.

So here we are, goal #1 accomplished but the place need some major cleanup.
I would still like to wait until my schedule frees up a bit to perform the
major restoration but it needs a good scrub down, some paint and lots of
general cleanup. Alison and I have arranged the Save-a-Haver work party and
are working on a to-do list for anyone who would like to contribute to the
cleanup. I will be providing lunch and refreshments both Saturday and
Sunday and for those who are curious please feel free to just stop by and
check the place out.

Also, the Kings have graciously offered a BBQ on Saturday night following
the work party. Please RSVP with me at brad@jannenga.com if a particular
project strikes your fancy and we can arrange the details.

RadBrad
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Re: Save-a-Haver

Postby PixelPixie » Mon Jan 21, 2008 12:12 pm

Please help Save-a-Haver!

This home really needs some TLC, fast!!!

Find out more about this project and the barbecue on saturday here:
http://www.modernphoenix.net/saveahaver.htm


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Re: Save-a-Haver

Postby JC » Mon Jan 21, 2008 1:03 pm

A few things.

1. You should sue the seller for non-disclosure.
2. http://www.nichefindyours.com is website.
3. I really like your little storage area in carport. Better make sure you maintain a healthy diet if you want to fit inside that door!
4. Congratulations! This house has so much potential!!
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Re: Save-a-Haver

Postby PixelPixie » Mon Jan 21, 2008 10:20 pm

I am personally signing on for front yard cleanup, yard art removal and razor-scraping the front windows.

My first act of front yard cleanup yesterday was to pluck a Bud Lite beercan that had been delibarately wedged in the crotch of a tree for over two years. The tree trunk was starting to grow up around it. As much as I liked my old neighbors, it was cathartic to finally free the can.

See you there!!!

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Re: Save-a-Haver

Postby RadBrad » Tue Jan 22, 2008 11:13 am

More pictures of the squalor...

http://www.bradjannenga.com/fotos/haver ... leanup.php

So far we have someone signed up for the following:
- Bathroom
- Front Yard
- General Clean-up
- Demo BBQ & Ugly block thing next to it

I'm going to order a big dumpster and get some paint for the interior as well as rent a chainsaw for that tree in the back yard.

RadBrad

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Re: Save-a-Haver

Postby JC » Tue Jan 22, 2008 11:25 am

I can't figure out my favorite part of the home!

It is between the pink and fuscia bedroom and the artificial grass on the back patio.
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Re: Save-a-Haver

Postby michaelv » Tue Jan 22, 2008 11:30 am

Cool architecture and cooking on a m-dog's modern bbq?

Have sawz-all, will travel. Sign me and Stacy up for swingset disassembly/demolition/destruction.

Have a reasonable assortment of power and hand tools - send a PM if you need me to bring anything specific.

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Re: Save-a-Haver

Postby RadBrad » Tue Jan 22, 2008 11:32 am

I think my favorite is the period custom "tin" window treatment. Definitely original and definitely staying...

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Re: Save-a-Haver

Postby nichefindyours » Tue Jan 22, 2008 5:00 pm

We're there to get a jump on the new paint, plus demo carpet & tack strips. What time are we starting? Sorry didn't read all the fine print.

This place is so cool. The moment that we saw it we knew that it had to go to a mopho. The fireplace is unique, you can see early versions of Haver's triangular windows, & all the interior walls are block. Plus one of my favorite features is the original recessed hospital track that closes off the service portion of the home from the main living space.

Once cleaned up this will be a swanky little pad for some mopho to rent!

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Re: Save-a-Haver

Postby PixelPixie » Tue Jan 22, 2008 10:03 pm

I am sure you all can imagine the palpitations that I suffered when I came home late one night to see a FSBO sign up next door at the Original Haver Home. Just over a year ago, our neighbor's girl had mentioned that they might have to leave the house come the new year. Well, the new year came and went and no sign of sale. So we waited, and the FSBO sign finally cropped up late in 2007.

I rushed to message the Danleys and they arranged for us all to take a look a day later. Brad's right, it was really hard to truly check the place out in the dim afternoon light. I just wanted to throw open those blinds and drink it all in. It was clear the place needed a lot of work, which is why after 48 hours of long and hard consideration, we decided not to invest at this time -- even if it did mean a steady tenant and ridiculously easy access. It was way out of our league.

The four of us worked the network and tried to keep this property as low-profile as possible as different preservation-savvy buyers were approached with the intriguing news. The FSBO sign went up and down all week, accidentally falling off its post. Our neighbor across the street didn't even notice the place was for sale! It was that Low-Pro.

I am so grateful that the Danleys connected this home with someone who can take it back to polished condition. We are going to try our hardest to scrub and scrape decades of wear off the home this saturday. Even if you can't join us to help out, do stop by this weekend for a look.

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Re: Save-a-Haver

Postby susiefish » Thu Jan 24, 2008 7:42 am

Oooh, a chance to get my hands dirty and meet all the people behind the avatars? Sign me up! I can be there around 2:00 on Saturday. (And if I can convince Sam that he's not actually dying from his cold then he'll be there too.) I don't have any particular demo skills so just point me to a corner and I'll happily get to work.
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Re: Save-a-Haver

Postby PixelPixie » Fri Jan 25, 2008 2:47 am

The first few folks to show up can stake their claim on the various sittin' stumps before they get thrown in the dumpster or chipper.

But seriously, if you have a truck or van and can carry some of the useable salvage away to Goodwill, that would be great too.

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Re: Save-a-Haver

Postby PixelPixie » Fri Jan 25, 2008 8:09 pm

Supper's on at 5-ish, with Matthew's delicious pulled pork and my chipotle bourbon barbecue sauce. Hot dogs for the kids and faint of palate! We also expect a pot of killer ranch beans, hand-smashed guacamole, and yummy home baked goods. I'll find a way to slip a vegetable in there. Does cole slaw count as a vegetable? ;-) We do some mean szechwan barbecued green beans around here. Ever eaten beans on a stick? You will. Oh, you will.

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Re: Save-a-Haver

Postby michaelv » Sat Jan 26, 2008 11:25 am

I'll bring the pickup - it's little, but somethin's better than nuthin'

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Re: Save-a-Haver

Postby PixelPixie » Sat Jan 26, 2008 9:06 pm

INCREDIBLE JOB, GUYS!

There's more work to be done on Sunday, please stop by and lend an hour!

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Stacy attacks the kitchen with the fierceness of a grease-busting puma!


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Mike backfills the demo from the outdoor grill.


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Rachel reports for duty wearing the latest in rubberized spring fashion while Brad gladly rips out the old cabinets.


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Tiffany, Angelique and Susie somehow made the windows sparkle again.


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Pepe cleared out all the stumps but left the blessed tamale tree.


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Rachel and Kate, toxic avengers, tackle the bathroom.


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Tinfoil and steel can't stop Chris from scraping the newly-revealed entryway window.


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One shed too many.


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Justin lent decades of handy experience to the team.


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Cleaning the frosted-over front windows had a particularly gratifying result.


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Justin is not happy with the state of repairs needed on some of the cabinets.


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Brent ponders whose wise idea it was to floor the shed with compressed fiberboard.


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Yuri dives into the big lavender dumpster. By the end of the day it was 3/4 full.


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When Viné stopped by for a tour, it was clearly beer-o-clock.


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