My blog is now six months old. Today, I felt it was time to take down the forlorn blog header photo of Brick House 319; it was the very first photo I took of the house when we stumbled upon it.

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To think that behind the closed door in this photo was a massive, overwhelming hoard that was almost insurmountable makes me feel overwhelmed.

The question is: Would I buy another hoarder’s house?  Answer: NO. Once in a lifetime is enough.

For others, I would not recommend it unless you have the myriad of skills and wherewithal which John has as well as the patience of a saint. I would not recommend a married couple to go through this process unless you know exactly what you’re getting yourself into and you’re well beyond the honeymoon phase. We both knew what we were getting ourselves into and we are decades past the honeymoon phase.

The only other way this project would work is if you have deep pockets and in this same situation would more than likely bulldoze and build new — while living in your own home. This would be the most ideal scenario.


People say to us, “It will be worth it in the end.” And we know that to be true. This was a huge investment; in the end it will have been worth the blood, sweat and tears.


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