Actually, to be fair, it was Caskey's vision. He started talking several years ago about wanting to buy the house next door that was at the time being rented out. I would tease him about wanting to play monopoly and get three properties in a row so he could put up a hotel. Three years ago the owners *moved* back into the home to fix it up and get it ready to be sold. They *lived* there so they could claim the sale of a primary residence and get around the taxes on the profit of the house. It was a smart move since they had owned the property for upwards of 40 years. They were the 2nd owners on the house. They purchased as a newly married couple and when their family grew too large for the small 2 bedroom, 1 bath home, they rented it out and moved their family into a larger home.
We approached them and said we would like to purchase it from them if they were interested in doing some creative financing. They said they would be willing and we waited. They had to live in the home for two years before selling and they did just that. We closed escrow in April of 2009.
Lainy Ann and Connor found us a tenant, literally. The neighbor boy told the children that he had to move and find a new place to live and we put two-and-two together and realized they were renters looking for a new house to rent. We offered them our house and it was rented within a month of closing escrow.
However, the ultimate vision has always been to combine the two houses into one large house. Well, it was Caskey's vision. I really was apprehensive about the whole plan for a myriad of reasons. But here we are, three years later. A dumpster has been delivered to my driveway where it will sit for 4 months, all of our belongings are in a storage unit in front of the house, Eleanor is sleeping in the play pen, and my washer and dryer are on the side porch that has been tarped in. The whole house is vibrating as workers start to take down our garage wall.
Its quite an undertaking, but in 4-6 months we will have one big new house with 3 bathrooms and 6 bedrooms. The house will be big enough to host birthday parties inside. I will be able to hold den meetings. We may even have a dining table that we all can sit at.