COOL HOUSES THAT USED TO BE OTHER THINGS

by Kathy on April 10, 2016

Written by J Saymi Naciri on Sunday, 03 April 2016 3:49 pm

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A traditional home just not doing it for you? The loft frenzy — especially when those lofts were being converted from old factories and warehouses connected with homebuyers in part because they offered the opportunity to do things a little bit differently. Namely, without walls and, in some case, real ceilings.

But these structures go well beyond converted lofts. “Warehouses, factories, barns, and churches are commonly repurposed into residences, but for the adventurous buyer with a budget for renovation, no structure is off limits as a potential home,” said CNBC.

Indeed. If the idea of living in something that never had any intention of being an abode, of bending its will to become shelter while still keeping its unique characteristics, check out these cool homes.

There’s nothing new about factories that have been converted to lofts. But we love how this one still has the industrial structure in place.


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Ever look around the bank while waiting in line to speak to the teller and think, “This would make an amazing home!”? Cathy Calhoun did. After the Spring City, Pennsylvania bank she once worked in closed, “She bought the vacant building in 1989 for $52,000 with plans to renovate it and live there,” said HGTV.


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“The once-grungy basement vault — where she admits she once feared to go — has been transformed into a luxurious sauna — keeping the original vault door intact, of course.”


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If you’re looking for some height and don’t mind climbing stairs and living in a narrow space, perhaps an old water tower, like this one in the Netherlands, is for you.

“This 1931 water tower was converted in 2002 into a nine-level modern private home using steel, concrete and glass, including a three-story window,” said CNBC.

Living in an old lighthouse offers a similar feel, with the added advantages of being right on the coast and offering one of the more spectacular ocean views around.


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“The Morgan Point Lighthouse has stood on Connecticut’s Fishers Island Sound since 1868,” said This Old House. “An advertisement in a 1995 Wall Street Journal led its current owner to the empty, neglected structure. Nearly $1 million was spent on its reconstruction, which included a new lantern and various nautical details designed by the architect – a former Coast Guard engineering officer.”


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Call it the original tiny home. This 1945 red caboose railroad car sitting on more than four acres on Mercer Island, Washington has been home to the Davidsons for 30 years, said CNBC.


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Looking for something with a little more space? How about a church. This collection of townhouses that “resemble a hip Tribeca loft” in Holland used to be a 19th century church, said Fast Company. “Gone are the pulpits and the altars and the endless pews and the little old Dutch ladies worrying their Rosaries. In their stead, you’ve got bleached white walls and aggressively cool contemporary art — all arranged under a 46-foot-tall nave, the original 1911 stained glass windows throwing light just yonder.”


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A fire station, like this one built in the 1930s in East Providence, RI, may just be the ultimate space to turn into a home. Many already have large gathering areas, plus the fire pole makes for a great conversation piece.


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WHAT NEXT?

by Kathy on October 5, 2015

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According to the 2015 United States of Aging Survey, 58% of older adults (60+) have not changed residences in over 20 years and 75% say they intend to live in their current homes for the rest of their lives. Home improvements and modifications help seniors adapt, enable them to have ease of living, and age in place. As the daughter of a 92 year old, who is fiercely independent and plans to stay in her home as long as possible, I can relate.

Sometimes, the best made plans can go awry and a single incident can turn those plans into something that is no longer doable. Something happens and you’re no longer able to stay in the home. You may need to downsize, maybe move to one-level living ,or to an independent or assisted living community. As a REALTOR®, who specializes in working with the senior sector, one the most asked questions I get, when those plans no longer work, is “I need to sell my house, and I don’t know where to start. What next?” For those 58% of folks who have lived in their home for over 20 years, the process of selling a home can be overwhelming and intimidating. The real estate industry is a rapidly changing one, not only with regards to market conditions, but laws change, regulations change, and required disclosures and paperwork constantly change.

So what about the “What next?” when you find yourself in a situation of having to sell? My first advice is to hire a professional. Your real estate professional will walk you through the steps of getting your home ready to market. My last article on “Downsizing Rightsizing” talked about getting control of our stuff and making those decisions about how to determine what is important to us, when we are downsizing and making choices about what items to keep.

You may decide to sell your home “as is” or there may be some updates that could be made that would make your home sell faster and for more money. In a buyer’s market, such as the one we are in now in the Roanoke area, competition can be fierce. Your agent can give you advice on how best to move forward when putting your home on the market.

Pricing is critical and is based on analyzing the home, taking into account similar homes that have sold recently, and positioning the price relative to what is currently on the market. Market value is basically what a ready, willing, and able buyer would be willing to pay for the home given the current market conditions.

Once your home is on the market, your agent will work with you on coordinating showings and making sure that potential buyers are qualified to buy. She will handle the negotiating of any offers and upon acceptance of an offer will work through any inspection issues and all of the ensuing paperwork and possible challenges, thereby simplifying the process for you

Your agent will work with your best interests in mind and will be with you every step of the way. If at all possible, work with a Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES®). These agents have training in working with the very special needs of the senior home seller.

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By  Jamie Press, Social Security District Manager in Roanoke VA This year, we observe National Men’s Health Week from June 9 to 15. Each year we observe Men’s Health Week the week prior to Father’s Day, focusing on awareness, prevention, education and family. And, June 8 is Best Friends Day, so if your dad happens […]

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A KITCHEN CLEAN UP PAYS WHEN SELLING YOUR HOME

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