What we need now -- from you!
With thanks to friends of the project -- including local contractors, crafts schools, preservationists, all of whom donated their time to this -- we now have estimates for our immediate needs once the the bank grants the property to us. They are:
1. Make the property safe for visitors: build temporary steps, add door locks, plywood over holes in floor, clean up garbage, old appliances, fallen insulation, and debris inside and outside of house. Add support beams to carry load of second floor to a stable footing. Stabilize overhangs to prevent from shearing off. Install corrugated plastic on window openings to allow natural light inside. Keep coded box with flashlights to navigate inside the house. Cost: $6,000-8,000
2. Secure the external property: take down large dead tree overhanging the house, install solar-powered motion detectors, build temporary fence, install construction-type sign. Cost: $3,000 - 4,000
3. Shore up the house against further damage: Tarp the entire roof beyond front ridge and secure with strapping. Add plywood to newly exposed exterior wall areas. Clean gutters. Cut back vegetation away from house. Consider professional engineering services to stabilize structure. Determine if carriage house, gazebo, and rear structure will also be preserved - remove if not. Inspect house monthly to prevent further damage preventing preservation. Cost: $9,000 - 12,000
In addition, the bank has told us that we need to pay the legal and financial costs associated with the foreclosure proceedings that are required before the house if free to donate. The cost for this is estimated at $2,000 - 3,000
TOTAL IMMEDIATE NEEDS: $20,000 - $27,000
At the present moment, through the generosity of past donors, we have roughly $12,000 in the bank -- this is after paying about $7,000 in expenses supporting our project this year.
Won't you help us meet the gap between what we have and what we need in order to move forward with this vital project?
Please click here today to make your donation now!