Historic Northeast Kansas City is a great place to visit and to live in. We moved here in early 2013 and absolutely love it. We live in a large brick house sandwiched between Cottage West and Cottage East. When the opportunity to purchase Cottage West came along in 2014, we jumped at the chance. And when the opportunity to purchase Cottage East fell in our lap in June 2017, we grabbed on with both hands.
A neighborhood can be improved if people care enough to invest in it.
By renovating these homes, we are improving our neighborhood and the community at large.
We have made a great deal of progress – but I wanted to share with you where we started in the process.
When we purchased Cottage West in July 2014, the yard was overgrown and the house was in dire need of repairs…
We cut back the trees, cut down two trees that were prohibiting us from running power lines in, and pulled down the vines growing on the side of the house.
By summer of 2017, Cottage West sported a new roof, new windows, a new porch and a fresh coat of paint. We had also had the concrete steps straightened, laid a path of brick, cut down the mostly dead tree (creating the stump planter you see below), and worked on landscaping the front yard. Inside, the wiring is nearly complete and the plumbing has been started.
We still have a long way to go, but it is worth doing right, so it will take as long as it takes to complete the job. Next on the list is finishing some detail painting, finishing the electrical and plumbing, installing HVAC, insulation, and drywall, and painting. I plan on laying a lovely penny floor (yes, out of real pennies) to complement the cast iron bathtub and fixtures in the bathroom.
Meanwhile, we just acquired the Cottage East, which needs some significant work done to it as well…
This house is directly to the east of our main house, whereas Cottage West is at the end of several city lots.
We have a lot of work ahead of us. Several years of it by my estimation. It’s worth it.