It’s a little old and could use some love, but it’s ours and we’re excited about being first-time homeowners! Being an old house there’s no lack for things to fix or renovate and this is our attempt to keep track of it all. Hopefully this can be helpful for anyone else who’s new to homeownership and maybe you can learn from whatever mistakes we will inevitably make. If not at least I hope it’s an entertaining look into what it takes to not only be first time homeowners of an old house, but first time landlords too!
Our house was built in the early 1900’s to our best guess. It’s got a fieldstone foundation and there’s even a place where there used to be a coal chute. The chimney in the center of the house has openings (that have been walled up) for a ton of rooms. In other words, it’s a typical house in Somerville, MA. Sometime during the ’50s it was turned into a two family (this is about where our various inspectors suspect anyway) and a lot of the work was done rather poorly. One of the prime examples is the addition of a hallway closet in our unit that turns a 4-foot wide hallway into a 2.5-foot squeeze. It was built really haphazardly with BX wiring, random switches and no light. There’s a weird transom that I didn’t get a picture of on top as well. It’s just gross, useless and we wanted to get rid of it.