From the front. Notice all the crap lined up on the left? That's in front of the outside bathroom. You can't really see it but the car on the right had two flat tires as well. And the white thing on the door? Someone with an urgent need to get in had bashed in a pane of glass and the owner stuck some cardboard there. Nice!
The backyard. The old house on the right and the roof of the shed on the left. HUGE pile of branches/ garden junk in the centre. It had been a jungle and they'd razed it before showing it. Again piles of crap EVERYWHERE!!
Half the genkan. Could you fit anything else on that shelf?? The place was the height of style in it's day (early 70's) and the massive waste of space in the genkan and stairwell are the pretension of the day. Stupid in a cold area though as it's like the Arctic in there. We now have curtains running across where the genkan steps up to the house and block it off in winter. :)
The parlour. I can't believe I cut the chandelier out of the picture! The previous owner was in construction and this was his room for meeting clients. I don't know how they concentrated!!
The kitchen. Look at the back of the chairs. blergggh. Did I mention we inspected the house in our outside shoes? And that mat on the floor? It's plastic tatami lookalike. There were three layers of it. Each one worse than the next. I think instead of cleaning they just waited till they couldn't stand it and put down a new floor- presto! problem solved!
Ahhh my favourite room- the bathroom. That's a HUGE, shallow, tiled sink with mushrooms growing out of the grout. No lighting so the naked bulb is rigged up there and the gas water unit had blown up and been disconnected so only cold water came out.
The actual bathroom. Points to note- washing machine on left. with outlet stuck in open hole acting as drain. Green moss growing around said hole. Mysterious cement growth on right near tub. Marble tub. 3 taps in view (3 more out of view) of which the one over the bath was the only one connected. There was no running hot water here either. You filled the tub with cold (icy, we weren't connected to mains water and snowmelt is icy!!) and cranked the heater to get it going. Wait 30 min and use the bucket to bathe. This was seen as quite a modern arrangement as many of the neighbours still have wood heaters in their bathrooms!
So what do you think? A bargain at half the price? M was 18 months old and I was 6 months pregnant with A when we moved. It's only been 3 years but I can't imagine how on earth we coped!!