1917 Craftsman in Staley, NC

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558 B Teague Rd, Staley, NC 27355

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  • $92,000
  • 3 Bed
  • 1 Bath
  • 1872 Sq Ft
  • 4 Ac.
A treasure worth preserving, this 1917 turn of the century home features a level of artistry and attention to detail rarely seen today. This home is filled with period detail and charm including 2 sets of French doors, porcelain door knob locksets, heart pine flooring and fireplaces throughout, each with mantle profiles. Shiplap, plank boards and beaded board wainscoting make this one a great restoration farm house. 4+ acres with barns, unique buildings & room for gardening or farm animals.
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31 Comments on 1917 Craftsman in Staley, NC

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  1. SharonSharon says: 448 comments
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    2001 Contemporary
    Sedalia, MO

    What am I seeing here? Surfaces that have never been cleaned or painted? Looks like its been rode hard and put up wet. Let the restoration begin!

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  2. MichaelMichael says: 2950 comments
    1979 That 70's show
    Otis Orchards, WA

    I see a lot of original character and details but I also see a lot of white paint. I’m thinking that would not have been original to the house. It probably had a lot of stained wood work. Other than the overload of old white paint, this house offers some great details and would be fun to restore!

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  3. GardenStaterGardenStater says: 260 comments
    1865 Gothic Revival
    Charlotte, NC

    All the photos look like old engravings. Everything’s in shades of gray. But some nice potential here!

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  4. CarolynCarolyn says: 303 comments
    Grand Rapids, MI

    White paint or not, I love this place. I wish it was closer to me.

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  5. AVoegAVoeg says: 83 comments
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    Craftsman, Prairie WI

    This reminds me of a Tim Burton movie and for some reason I find it strangely, dirtily beautiful. I would have loved to see what this place looked like without all the dirt and white paint.

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  6. Anne M.Anne M. says: 978 comments
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    1972 raised ranch.
    Hopkinton, MA

    This is sad. If this is what the walls & ceilings look like, imagine what their lungs look like.

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    • peeweebcpeeweebc says: 1066 comments
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      1885 Italianate.
      MI

      What a perfect little house, my garsh. Neat little outbuildings, nice property. I bet a lonely elderly widow lived here. The house needs a new friend now.

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  7. looks like a set from a Walking Dead episode– but it is tempting!!! Lot’s of elbow grease needed!!

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  8. I am kind of new here, but I’ve been lurking around drooling over the beautiful old houses. The very first house I ever bought on my own many years ago was an original Sears Craftsman, it still had the original little plaque with the model number on it in the basement on the HUGE main beam, and I’ve been in love with Craftsman ever since. My secret dream has been to have just one more original Craftsman. Last night, during my stroll through the new listings, I literally said, out loud, “I am willing to save one, isn’t there just one beautiful old Craftsman left out there that needs me??” Be careful what you ask for, my friends. When I came to do my daily stroll in the listings, this one grabbed me by the heart. It’s just an hour from me. I’ve never done a total reno before and the asbestos alone scares me here. So, my question to those of you with experience in these things is: in your experienced opinion, how much would it take in time and money to restore this and make it safe and livable again and, am I crazy to be very seriously considering saving this sweet old house?

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    • Barbara VBarbara V says: 1220 comments
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      1800 cottage
      Upstate, NY

      Well, LRS, let me just say that if I lived an hour away from this place, you would have some competition! But for the unknown condition of the systems – plumbing, heat and electric – this house looks square and solid. The roof looks old, but that is a straightforward job, and assuming the foundation is decent, most of what looks to be needed is cosmetic, starting with repairs to the siding and exterior painting.

      I definitely would not approach this as a “total reno”, if by that you mean gutting everything inside. Instead, once any needed upgrades to the systems were complete (without ripping out anything), I’d clean, caulk and repaint the beadboard, and then touch up the floors with a light hand sanding and finishing – I like the look of age, although I realize some don’t.

      In the kitchen, I’d remove and assess all the various pieces (for possible re-use), and get rid of the flooring and the imitation tile on the walls. Depending on the condition of the walls, I’d either clean, prime and wallpaper, or install a combination of 4′ beadboard wainscot with paint or wallpaper above, or possibly cover everything with beadboard. (Of course, that would be after any necessary systems upgrade.) I’m fortunate to have my grandmother’s old 5′ porcelain farm sink & base and an antique 1920’s wood/gas stove waiting for a new home. I’d then locate and/or build some separate pieces for prep and storage, in the style of a 1920’s kitchen, using linoleum for the floor.

      The cost would depend largely upon how much of the work you are able to do yourself. If you and/or some friends are able to do the “unskilled” tasks, you will save quite a bit in labor. If you are seriously considering the possibility, I’d bring a trusted contractor along to take a look and provide some experienced and knowledgeable advice.

      You are surely not crazy to be considering taking on this great little place! If you do decide to move forward, I hope you’ll keep us updated on your progress. Good luck!

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      • Thank you, Barbara, for your wonderful reply and for confirming what I felt too the moment I saw this beauty. I also felt that, except for the mechanical systems, which are the big scary unknown, that this looked very solid and just in need of some TLC, cosmetics, lots of soap and water, some sanding, refinishing of woodwork, a little paint here and there…and over there…and there…and there, a kitchen redo – my favorite part, especially if I can salvage cabinets or even just hardware, some serious bathroom help, siding, a new roof, a little landscaping and TA-DA!! Craftsman perfection!

        I would absolutely avoid anything that might harm any of the original woodwork, floors and other sweet details of this house. I am hoping to go see it tomorrow and see if I can find any info on any type of updates that have maybe been done to it over the years. There should be permit info out there that will tell me what was done, if anything.

        Thank you again for the encouragement and support. Helps me feel I am on the right track with this. I will most certainly update as I go.

        Anyone else care to weigh in on this? Suggestions, comments, opinions? I welcome any and all!

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    • GuinanGuinan says: 58 comments
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      Lady Red Shoes, forgive me if you already know this, but not all Craftsman style homes are Sears kit homes. They are beautiful in there own right, but I understand the appeal of a Sears kit home.

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      • GuinanGuinan says: 58 comments
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        *their*

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        • Guinan, thank you for your comment, and yes, I did know that, no forgiveness needed. I love the Craftsman style in most of it’s personifications and you are so right, they are beautiful in their own right.

          My Sears house was my first love, and you never forget your first love, right? But now I am hoping to find my last Craftsman love to pour myself into. Do you have any input or suggestions for my venture with this beauty? I am hoping to get to see it tomorrow.

          Thanks again, I appreciate the comment and you taking the time to send it.

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  9. RobertRobert says: 6 comments
    1917 Colonial Revival
    Newark, NJ

    Great bones shine bright. It’s beautiful.

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  10. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 12204 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    No “inspections” via listing photos, please.

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  11. Hello again fellow old house lovers, here is my report from today’s visit. Logbook entry #1 for my new adventure in finding an original Craftsman to call my own!

    I wasn’t able to get inside the house itself – confusion and missed messages with the realtor, but we drove out to it and walked around and looked it over for almost two hours. I was able to see in through some of the windows and the rooms are much smaller than they appear in the pictures. It does need a lot of work, but I knew that so no surprise there. I spoke with the realtor finally on our way home, and I will see the inside this coming week.

    AnneM, you are correct, the walls and ceilings look as they do because a smoker lived there for over 25 years. That will be some work to clean up and deoderize.

    And Peeweebc, you are so very close, it was a lonely old bachelor who lived there for many years. It does indeed need a new friend, I am hoping to take on that role wholeheartedly! When I stood in front of it for the first time, it was like seeing someone you haven’t seen in decades, but recognized anyway.

    It’s like Craftsman houses are in my blood. I am sure many of you know this feeling about your old house loves.

    It is in a very rural area of farms, so I think an old pickup truck might be in my future as well. And definitely a dumpster….or two.

    Thank you all again for your comments and encouragement, and Kelly, bless you for being the connection between me and what could be my last true love in a Craftsman house.

    I will update again when I see the inside and let you know what the final decision is on buying this sweet house and bringing it back to it’s former glory. Fingers crossed and wish me luck that it all goes well!

    In the meantime, does anyone know where I can find some red work boots…? 🙂

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    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 1109 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Cool! Keep us updated! 🙂

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    • JimHJimH says: 5377 comments
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      LRS, your enthusiasm about this house is great, and I love Craftmans too! Without getting into cost, the exterior and most of the interior obviously needs cosmetic refinishing, and then there’s the systems. Many fixer houses are priced based on renovation with simple painting and repair when more intensive work is really needed to bring the house back to its original condition. Refinishing can be fairly inexpensive if you do the work, otherwise it can add up very quickly!
      There may be good wood siding hiding under the later stuff, which might be determined in the inspection. Inside, stripping paint in the main rooms, removing false ceilings, refinishing floors and repainting elsewhere would go a long way to making it right. As long as the kitchen and baths are functional, remodeling there should be left to last – they kill the budget every time!

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      • Thank you, Jim, always nice to find a fellow Craftsman lover.

        I will be seeing the inside tomorrow for a closer and more thorough inspection. My hope is that it will be like what I’ve seen of the outside and be redeemable with a reasonable investment of money of course, and a far greater investment of time and hard work.

        My greatest fear at this point is that it is well and septic. A 103 year old septic system could be daunting and if the well is not viable, sustainable and productive, well, then I am in big, big trouble. The house has been empty for many years, so we shall see. I totally agree with you, the kitchens and bathrooms kill you every time. Those will be done last, as you said, and slowly I am sure.

        But on the bright side, I got great cell phone reception there, so silver linings. 🙂

        This beautiful house does indeed have some secrets, hopefully, nothing too scary….or outrageously expensive!

        I’ll post again tomorrow after I see the inside, so stay tuned!

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        • Barbara VBarbara V says: 1220 comments
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          1800 cottage
          Upstate, NY

          Good luck, LRS – I’ll have my fingers crossed for you! Also, if you are looking for more input, you may want to post this to the OHD Link Exchange on Friday. That way, you’re likely to access others who may have missed or overlooked this property, but could have some good insights to offer…

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  12. Sigh….it’s always something, isn’t it?

    My planned trip to the house was scuttled by the downpouring rain we have today. The road it is on is dirt and gravel, not the best combination in pouring rain out in the boonies.

    But, in another way, I think the rain might actually be a good thing, because then it will clearly reveal if there are leaks in the roof! Gotta look on the bright side.

    I am entering my own personal Hell Week until next Wednesday, so I am not sure if I can get out there tomorrow, but I am going to try. If I am successful and can see what really is going on inside this house, I will update and let everyone know what I’ve found and what’s next for me with this dear old Craftsman.

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  13. Greetings and Happy Valentine’s Day to all of my fellow old house dreamers!
    Logbook entry #2 for the old Craftsman.

    I was finally able to get into the house today, now that the pouring rain stopped and we had clear, sunny skies. I am happy to report, not a single leak was seen in the roof, thank heavens.

    So, my first impressions after going inside were, appropriately enough for today…..I am in love. 🙂

    The house is a mess, as I anticipated and all that dark color on the walls, ceilings and floors is indeed nicotine, from a smoker living there far longer than I was originally told. It was more like 50-60 years. That’s a lot of smoking! It will take a great deal of work and scrubbing to redeem it, but it is salvageable.

    My happiest discovery, just because I am weird, is that the kitchen fireplace is a working fireplace, complete with the remains of the last fire lit some 2 years ago. The rest of the kitchen, well, that is gonna be more work to restore, but again, it’s doable.

    The bathroom, well, what can I say? I have no idea how anyone lived there and maneuvered that bathroom every day. That would need to be addressed pretty fast.

    Overall, the house is solid, I think, there are some structural issues, but nothing too terribly frightening….yet. It has electricity working in it and now I just need to find out about the well and if it has running water that is usable.

    My husband will go with me tomorrow for yet another 2 hour round trip to see what he thinks, and then we move forward…either to buying or to him having me committed to the crazy old house lovers loony bin!

    Stay tuned, my friends, this is just getting interesting!

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  14. BettyAnnBettyAnn says: 149 comments
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    I see it is now pending. I hope Lady Red Shoes bought it! Please let us know.

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    • Hello again BettyAnn, and all you wonderful Old House Dreamers!

      Sadly, it was not me who bought the beautiful little Craftsman.

      The story is a strange one, but just let me say, I hope whomever did get that precious house will do right by it and restore it and not “update” it to be a rental or flip.

      The main reason I didn’t buy it was that the seller was splitting up the original land with it and selling off two lots across the narrow gravel road. There was information that indicated those lots would have trailers put on them, and not the nice kind.

      My research on the area, what the seller had planned for the land around it and the cost of some essential updates like electric and plumbing, a bit of foundation work and removing the asbestos, turned out to be pretty eye watering!

      However, being ever hopeful and a believer in miracles, I did make a reasonable, fair market offer, which he promptly and ungraciously declined. After rechecking all my facts, the numbers and the likely future value of the sweet little bungalow, I and my red shoes, reluctantly and tearfully walked away.

      Thank you all again for your wonderful support as I was in the process of going for it with this dear old house. There are still a great many houses waiting to be saved, which means, mine is still out there!

      Or perhaps some other adventure is in my future, ya just never know. But that’s what dreaming is all about, right?

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  15. BettyAnnBettyAnn says: 149 comments
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    I’m so sorry this house didn’t work out for you! Your house is still out there, maybe it won’t be for sale for awhile yet but it’s out there. IIRC, you are looking in the central part of NC. I love NC, I lived in New Bern, closer to the coast, for 10 years and still miss it. Fingers crossed for your Old House Dream!

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  16. BettyAnnBettyAnn says: 149 comments
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    Kelly, I hope it’s okay to post this.

    Lady Red Shoes, I just found a house for sale in Warrenton, NC that you might be interested in.
    $16,000, needs everything and tax credits are available. I know nothing about the house and I’m not a realtor. 🙂

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