Purchasing the house was going to cost $225,000 which seems like a bargain!!! Renovations cost !!! $400,000.00 !!! Lead paint removal , asbestos removal. Window refurbishment and replacement. Removal of knob and tube wiring ( that is live) , fire hazard!!! Certified professionals have to perfo... Read More
Purchasing the house was going to cost $225,000 which seems like a bargain!!! Renovations cost !!! $400,000.00 !!! Lead paint removal , asbestos removal. Window refurbishment and replacement. Removal of knob and tube wiring ( that is live) , fire hazard!!! Certified professionals have to perform the abatement of the lead and asbestos. To ensure that the contaminates do not poison the neighborhood, the house has to be completely encapsulated. A big tent and scaffolding to surround the house while the roof and trim are removed for replacement and cleaning respectively.
The fireplaces and trim must be carefully removed catalogued and stored.
All of the plaster walls will be taken down and the Knob and tube wiring removed. New grounded electric service will be run throughout the house to bring the house up to today’s electric code. $35,000.00.
The five bathrooms of the main house will be renovated to accommodate handicap visitors. $23,000.00
The two now enclosed porches will be turned into balconies and a brick wall and porch to extend the main porch will be added to accommodate an elevator that will allow all visitors to access classrooms and events on every level.
The final finishes hardscape and landscaping should come in around $20,000.00.
Leaving a little less than $10,000.00 for the creation of the not-for-profit to plan events and learning opportunities for Martinsburg, WV and surrounding areas.
So please help us save and restore this pre civil war treasure for the citizens to use and enjoy. Amy and I thank you!!!
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I have been blessed with a love for architecture from my teens. I have traveled the United States in the years between then and now. I have renovated homes in Baltimore. My wife and I were about to buy 816 West King Street until we found that there was a need for lead paint and asbestos removal.
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