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don's house
I never posted a photo of Don's house on this LJ. This is what it looked like before he bought it:

The home was lived in by an old man who was a hoarder. His family sold it after he died, but it was up to Don to remove the indescribable mountains of garbage packed into the house and basement. The screened-in porch was so dilapidated that Don said he wasn't exactly sure how it was still suspended in the air. Here is what the house looks like now:

The wood siding is original--in the first photo, it is covered by that god-awful "Insul-Brick". He added the cedar shingles. Inside, the house was gutted down to the bare studs. Don did all of the repairs himself. I maybe should have actually gotten out of my car to take the "after" photo, but I didn't want to look like a weirdo to his neighbors. Which I am.

So where is Don's writeup in the Arts section of the New York Times? Where is the media praise, randomly peppered with the word "community"? Well, there isn't going to be any because he doesn't seek out the attention. There are a lot of artists nowadays overly flattered by the media merely for having an *idea* for something, and not even any practical accomplishments. And yet there are thousands and thousands of skilled homeowners rescuing pieces of our collective history (this house is probably from the 20s or 30s) and restoring the most beautiful and functional objects there are (houses).

The same thing could be said for Scott. When researching his house, I only found one single piece of media coverage about his project--a 2008 article on ModelDMedia.com that for some reason has a photo of Tim McKay but not Scott.

I would also post a photo of Tom's renovation of a house on Pine Street, but I'm afraid a mob of historic preservationists might threaten him. He covered a Victorian home in galvanized metal siding and bright red paint... But at least the house itself was saved, right?

I wish the outside of my house had been so magnificently restored when I did all that work last year. Sadly, I left the vinyl siding up, and really did not touch the outside. Silly me didn't even take proper before and after pictures, so no one can appreciate the work I did on the inside.

He did a fantastic job, btw. I applaud him.

Home renovations always take decades. Homeowner I talked to on the last Corktown tour have been working on their homes since the 80s or 90s. It's just a matter of saving up some money, renting a dumpster, and throwing all that vinyl away. If your wood siding is still in good shape, and if you prepare it properly, Sherwin Williams' Duration paint will last for many years. I still have yet to see your house. One day I will need to take you up on your offer to let me borrow your heat gun, and maybe I'll see it then.