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Offline Dobie

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Abandoned house and property rehab
« on: August 27, 2017, 10:37:46 am »
We started this about 12 years ago and it's been quite a journey.


We found an 182 acre secluded property in northwest Pa back in 2004.   Property sat back 1/4 mile thru the woods on a right of way.  We didn't even know there was a home there until the 3rd time we visited because of all the overgrown brush and the realtor thinking the home had 0 value.

We loved the land with the seclusion and how it was protected on the bottoms by a creek and swamp and on the tops with a ravine.  The timber had been mismanaged for years but there was good growing stock and the benefit of 2 shallow gas wells on the property. 

This is how the abandoned home looked when we found it.

 

 



 

And what it looks like today.

 

  

  

 

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Re: Abandoned house and property rehab
« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2017, 10:45:24 am »
Some interior pics.

 

  

  

  

 

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Re: Abandoned house and property rehab
« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2017, 04:22:21 pm »
Well done! It's enjoyable to see old properties brought back to life. Was the house site secluded from property entrance? Or was it close to access road?
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Re: Abandoned house and property rehab
« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2017, 06:20:57 pm »
Well done! It's enjoyable to see old properties brought back to life. Was the house site secluded from property entrance? Or was it close to access road?


House site sits back 1,600 ft from road(small dirt rd).   Our land starts 1,400 ft from the road.


When I spoke to the realtor and asked if there were any issues with the property, she told me other potential buyers were complaining there wasn't any road frontage.  I didn't say a word.  I knew this was the right property for us.

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Re: Abandoned house and property rehab
« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2017, 06:43:16 pm »
The field below the house needed a pond.

 

 

 

  

  
 

 

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Re: Abandoned house and property rehab
« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2017, 06:44:09 pm »
Finished.

 

 

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Re: Abandoned house and property rehab
« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2017, 06:57:11 pm »
Took a few years but we got the first of a few apple orchards planted in 2010.   This was the largest halfway up the hill. 


7 different varieties.   Disease resistant including"

Enterprise
Liberty
Freedom
Gold Rush
Querina Florina(sp?)
Crimson Topaz
And one other I can't remember.

 

  

  

 

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Re: Abandoned house and property rehab
« Reply #7 on: August 27, 2017, 06:59:29 pm »
And apple trees 7 years later.


 

  

  

 

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Re: Abandoned house and property rehab
« Reply #8 on: August 27, 2017, 07:57:41 pm »
Wow!  Y'all have been busy. Amazing job  8)

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Re: Abandoned house and property rehab
« Reply #9 on: August 27, 2017, 08:05:36 pm »
Good for you guys.  That was a lot f work I am sure!  House looks amazing.

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Re: Abandoned house and property rehab
« Reply #10 on: August 27, 2017, 08:20:02 pm »
Thanks fellas.

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Re: Abandoned house and property rehab
« Reply #11 on: August 27, 2017, 08:51:06 pm »
That's a nice spread, congrats on all your hard work.

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Re: Abandoned house and property rehab
« Reply #12 on: August 27, 2017, 09:13:24 pm »
You've done a great job. :)
What a beautiful place.
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Re: Abandoned house and property rehab
« Reply #13 on: August 27, 2017, 09:55:07 pm »
Your labors have been well rewarded.  That is a very happy place.   :)
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Re: Abandoned house and property rehab
« Reply #14 on: August 28, 2017, 06:42:09 am »
You are living the dream.
I have done alot of work on just the land here. Nice pictures. I should've done what you did. Take pictures before.  ::)
I did not have a house to deal with here,but cleared off some land and made other improvements to make it easier to mow.
That all looks good.
Less road frontage,less road noise.  ;D
There is more traffic now, than 40 years ago.
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Re: Abandoned house and property rehab
« Reply #15 on: August 28, 2017, 09:24:50 am »
Thank you all.


Yes it's been a lot of work but you don't really realize how much you've done until you start to think about it and look back. 

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Re: Abandoned house and property rehab
« Reply #16 on: August 28, 2017, 09:36:15 am »
Man, that is beautiful! I love what you did to the house. Tell us more, please. Are those half logs or did you put up a log house around the old one? What's your plan for your orchard? Apple sauce and cider? Lol!
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Re: Abandoned house and property rehab
« Reply #17 on: August 28, 2017, 01:40:11 pm »
Yes, we used half logs and full corners for the outside.  We used western cedar for the inside.


The apple orchards were something nostalgic for me.  I had fond memories of the small orchard at my grandparents home growing up.  From Grandma making real apple pies to getting sips of Grandpas special brew(hard cider).  Not really sure what we're going to do with all these fruit trees but we love it and so do the deer.

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Re: Abandoned house and property rehab
« Reply #18 on: August 28, 2017, 03:19:10 pm »
Looks great. Saw a guy on YT using those half logs with full ends. Gives it a nice look.

My grandfather was a dentist but had a nice orchard behind the house. Like everyone in town, he shared the bounty. One of my favorite memories is going back to the orchard with him and filling paper sacks with apples. We'd carry them to the car and load them in the backseat. Every now and then he'd pull in a driveway which was my signal to jump out, grab a sack of apples and set them on the back stoop.

During the summer identical bags full of turnip greens, okra, tomatoes, etc would appear on their stoop as well.
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Re: Abandoned house and property rehab
« Reply #19 on: August 28, 2017, 05:53:07 pm »
Dream home for sure,very very nice !
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Re: Abandoned house and property rehab
« Reply #20 on: September 01, 2017, 12:35:52 pm »
The field below the house needed a pond.

That's not a pond that is a small lake...very impressive!

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Re: Abandoned house and property rehab
« Reply #21 on: September 01, 2017, 03:10:18 pm »
Thanks again for the comments.


Here's some pictures of the land and some work we've done.


In areas where the timber was poor we did small clear cuts to make better habitat for wildlife.

We did three 1-2 acre clearcuts and planted various seedlings. 

Blackberry took over.

 

  

  

  

 


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Re: Abandoned house and property rehab
« Reply #22 on: September 01, 2017, 03:16:35 pm »
Here are some Chinese Chestnuts that have started to grow in the clearcuts.

 

  

  

 

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Re: Abandoned house and property rehab
« Reply #23 on: September 01, 2017, 03:19:56 pm »
Here we planted some pear.

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Re: Abandoned house and property rehab
« Reply #24 on: September 01, 2017, 03:24:07 pm »
We made an extensive road system on our property so we could better manage the timber and the habitat.

 

  

  

 

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Re: Abandoned house and property rehab
« Reply #25 on: September 01, 2017, 03:35:32 pm »
Also needed a hunting cabin which we built up on the hill where it overlooks a small ravine with a brook at the bottom.

   

  

 
 

 

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Re: Abandoned house and property rehab
« Reply #26 on: September 02, 2017, 02:45:20 pm »
Beautiful property and home. 

As they say, "I love what you've done to the place!"

Congratulations.

And yes, that is not a pond, but a small lake...
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Re: Abandoned house and property rehab
« Reply #27 on: September 20, 2017, 05:13:49 pm »
your hard work turned out great.
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Re: Abandoned house and property rehab
« Reply #28 on: September 28, 2017, 08:31:59 am »
Impressive!   Very nice property.   You did good!    Lot of work.   
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