Cheap Old Houses: The Book
Welcome to the magical world of Cheap Old Houses, where the new American dream comes with zero mortgage and an affordable lifestyle fit for a storybook. We’ve scoured the country to find homes in desperate need of saving—including a $45,000 Victorian in Mississippi, a $25,000 mansion in Indiana, an $82,000 recreational camp in Maine, and more. Cheap Old Houses features the stories of how these homes were acquired and lovingly restored.
Within these pages, you’ll discover sprawling Victorian mansions, Italianate–style farmhouses, off–the–beaten–path cabins, and even old churches, schoolhouses and hydropower stations turned into residences. You’ll meet a couple who camped out on their back porch while they made their 6,000–square foot manor livable, and homeowners who found a free bungalow and moved it seventy miles to their property. Additionally, we give information on the details to preserve in historical houses, from pocket doors that might be hiding in the walls to badly cracked plaster walls that are worth repairing and butler’s pantries that are once again desirable for storing dishes and small appliances.
With hundreds of beautiful photographs capturing these homes in all their glory, you’ll be inspired to find “the one”—a fixer upper to rescue that will rescue you right back.