Rehabilitation Not Demolition

Over at Building Cincinnati is an incredible tale of a housing resurrection, in the true sense of the word. There are lots of stories about people who buy "fixer-uppers," renovate, then sell, but this story is framed a little differently.

Kent Evans bought a house for $700 in a bad neighborhood, fixed it up, and it now provides a nice home for committed residents. The decision to rehab as opposed to demolish was better for the new residents, better for the city, and better for the area. But Kent talks about the plain economical sense in rehabbing discarded homes like this one, as opposed to demolition.

"In these times of national housing crisis, local leaders need to fashion policy with the most bang to the buck in the program cost and a more prudent choice in cost for the area's homeowners - individuals' wishes notwithstanding," he says. "Go with a program which targets existing structures. It's the best, most economical way."
Beyond all this, the work itself was amazing. Sometimes I like to think I could do something like this. I'm not averse to the work (I don't think), but I just wouldn't know where to begin. This is coming from a guy who was proud of installing a light fixture without setting anything on fire.

Below are a pair of inside before-and-after pictures, and a pair of outside, taken by Kent Evans. See the full post, and a ton more pictures, on Building Cincinnati.

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