Adventures in Real Estate – Back Porch Steps

The past year and a half has been kinda crazy – we probably have taken on more than we should have but what else is new.  Chip and I both have a habit of saying yes as our initial response to just about anything, and  a couple of years ago we said yes to buying a two family apartment house.  It has been an. . . .


While there are ALOT of stories I can tell about this . . Experience . . lets focus on what a great learning Experience it has been.  We have learned that our Jesse has an aptitude for woodworking – and Chip can build staircases from scratch.

When we bought the place it came complete with an upstairs tenant who had not paid rent in 10 months and did not believe in bringing her garbage to the street for pick-up.

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Yeah, she just left it all for us when she finally left.

The porch was in pretty rough shape when we got the place and the whole thing had to be replaced.  The stairs were a real mess and just were unsafe for use.

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So over the summer Chip and Jesse got to work on it.

They did the floor of the deck early on, but when Chip laid out the boards, the deck had about a 3 inch overhang.  That was when Jesse jumped in.


He used his math skills and worked out a new pattern for the layout of the boards which removed any overhang.


He was pretty proud of that.

He also worked with Dad with putting in the new posts.

20150704_181904(1)Chip did alot of work on this.  The angle of the staircase meant he had to build the stringer and all the steps, 20151027_135159as well as build the railings.


Including around the entire deck.




The last part was putting in the balisters and it was done.

20151105_125432Well, it could be painted but Chip tells me that the wood has to age before he paints it.

I am pretty proud of my boys.

We have all put alot of hours into rehabbing this apartment house – though Chip has done the grand majority.  I don’t really think we will ever really make our money back on this place, but Jesse discovered a new skill, and the house will be a much nicer place when we are done.  Hopefully we can turn a negative space into a brighter spot on the street.

We are trying.

I am sure I will be showing you more on what we have been doing with this place down the road.  It will get finished . . . it will get finished. . . it will get finished. . . . .

Onward and Upward.  🙂

About Shelly R.

I am a Mother, a daughter, a sister, a wife, an attorney, a crafter and the granddaughter of an amazing woman - my Polish Grandmother. My Grandmother gave me so much, through her love and her patience, her sayings and her time teaching me how to craft and to give to others, that it seemed fitting to share some of that wisdom, to tell some of her story, and to chat about life and crafts in a way that would be a testament to what she gave me.
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5 Responses to Adventures in Real Estate – Back Porch Steps

  1. Barbara Antonelli says:

    I love your “blow by blow” descriptions. It came out beautiful, better than I ever imagined! Go Chip and Jesse…love you both….Mom (Grandma)

  2. danielle says:

    Wow, great job with those steps! But that was kind of a tease. I want to see what else you’ve done. I hope you have more before and after pictures to show at some point. Tell Jesse I said I’m impressed with his skills!

  3. Dan says:

    I feel your pain in finding it hard to say no! LOL WE must be kin! Great job Guys! Jesse will make a awesome master craftsman! Have a wonderful Holiday!
    Pray It cash flows! My Tybee properties don’t! LOL But they will be paid off in 5 more years!
    Best Danny

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