We live in an awesome house, in a good neighborhood on a corner lot with a crummy view. When I open my front door, this is what I see:
This old service station has been many things over the years-a lunch counter, liquor store, wrecker service and most recently (for the last 10 years) a car wash. The car wash guy quit washing cars and the lot went up for sale and we bought it.
We bought it just so it wouldn't turn into something else even crappier than what we've been looking at since we've lived here. At first I was so excited because I thought: Here's my opportunity to open up my shop! But no, it would cost way too much money to get this building spruced up enough for it to be my shabby chic treasure shop. We will probably end up tearing most of it down and what survives will most likely become DH's workshop. The kids think this would be an awesome spot for a swimming pool!
Everyone pitched in with the manual labor to get it looking a little nicer...well not everyone, I took pictures.
A glimpse of the neighborhood: