Tuesday, February 11, 2014

A little look inside…

Nothing fancy with the posting of the pics. It's a tad bush league but it gets the point across.
Some notes…. in all of the photos the house has not been cleaned. The floors are dirty and soon they will be cleaned and I will of course do some additional photos at that time that go room by room.
The more time spent here, the more one likes it.

In the kitchen looking up at the skylight

Kitchen looking into front living room

In entryway looking towards skylight and glass into master bedroom

In entry looking into living room to side terrace door

Front living room built in couch

Front living room fireplace

In master bedroom looking thru glass to skylight over entry and kitchen

More master bedroom

Looking down the hall from the "general purpose room"



February of 2013, 1 year ago

Pre restoration front from terrace 2013

Pre restoration view from the pool 2013

The pool 2013

On terrace side view of the front 2013

From the main drive, aka the most common photo of the house
Restoration has begun, late Oct. 2013

Late Oct. 2013

Late Oct. 2013

Late Oct. 2013

Late Oct. 2013
Staining the mahogany early Nov. 2013

Mahogany staining Nov. 2013

Nov. 2013

New skylight in the master bath

Master bath skylight, new.

At the front door. 

In the entryway looking towards the front door. (on the Left)

The main living room looking towards the side terrace

The main living room

Thru the front door

Down the long hall

2nd bedroom looking in from the hall

The back living room aka "general purpose room"
Several visitors thought it was the master bedroom.
Not a bad idea….

3rd bedroom
 (view is from what would have been the 5th bedroom)

3rd bedroom looking out to the pool
(on the ceiling you see wood boards, this is where the wall
divided bedroom 4 and 5)

Front living room view from terrace door

Kitchen view from the sink, opening to the L goes to entryway

The master bath from the laundry room


The master bedroom from the window side
(at the top of the closet doors on the R you see an opening,
this is glass that allows light from the massive skylight over
the kitchen and entryway to come into the master)





Coming along in the frozen north……brrrrrrr

It's cold in Michigan….. colder than normal and a lot of snow! But they still managed to get a lot finished with the exterior. Durable Restoration had the house covered in tarps with heaters going so that they could work on the exterior. The finishing touches will be put on soon. Such as the bronze colored edging that will be going on as soon as the weather warms  little. That will take care of the roof project! Three new skylights, an inch and a half of insulating board, and a lot of rubber!
Matt from Durable Restoration did a fantastic job of sanding and refinishing the exterior wood. That goes for finishing the new mahogany that had to be put on as well.
It is looking like the interior may not get finished. Budget for the exterior was well over $100,000. The new wood in the ceiling of the "general purpose" along with the new wood for the back terrace over hang and reconstruction of the side terrace over hang was a staggering $58,000.
But, it was worth it as the exterior is very well done and the roof doesn't leak.
The interior will actually take less to do. We already have estimates for a plywood ceiling for the GP room that is $2,500. There are some plaster ceiling repairs that need to be made, such as in both bathrooms and the master bedroom. Floors need to be cleaned and all wood needs to be washed down.
Kitchen was redone but needs appliances and some tweaking. The hall floors and bedroom floors are in need of some patching as well. The cement is cracked but livable as is. The current owner removed the carpet that was there so carpet could always be put back down. Ideally it would be best to repair them though. The main boiler is new but the GP room needs new base board heaters. There is a boiler in the basement under it but it is non working. The Fonken house is having a new one installed soon that is running about $6,000.

The Eppstein residence is almost back to life! It is still listed at just $475,000. which makes it the cheapest Frank Lloyd Write home for sale in the entire US by over $200,000. Someone could buy this home, put far lesss than that into it and have a completely restored FLW home that is also listed on the National Register Of Historical Places! It is also located in the only Frank Lloyd Wright community of it's kind and all 5 homes are on the registry. Each home is on a 1 acre circular lot with access to 70 acres and a private pond. The 5 homes are the Eppstein, Weisblat, Pratt, Meyer and Fonken. The Fonken was designed by Francis Willsey, Franks student. All remaining lots are owned by the association and will not be sold. This has preserved The Acres for more than 55 years.

Here are a few iPhone 5s pics.
The back terrace off of the "General Purpose" room.
This overhang was being supported by poles on each end,
Durable Restoration replaced all of the beams and new plaster.

Master bedroom windows

Side terrace with MBR windows and living room door.
The overhang here was also reconstructed.

New plaster

Side terrace

New mahogany

The rubber overhanging from the roof will be covered with
the bronze edging and trimmed up. This is from the corner of
the back terrace off of the GP room



The front living room doors completely re finished on the exterior

The ceiling of the GP room. All yellow wood is new


The natural wood beams are the supports of the back terrace overhang.
These are all new.

The main problem for this project was the leaking skylight.
This is the new skylight.

New wood here too. This spot on the wall was where the skylight leak
was coming in and running down the wall. Nice and dry!

A panoramic from the front terrace.

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