Couple transform ‘derelict’ house that’s been abandoned for 30 years – and it’s unrecognizable

A clever couple have managed to completely remodel a ‘derelict’ mansion that had been abandoned for 30 years, adding $745,000 (£556,094) to the property’s value through their efforts

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Couple transform abandoned mansion into beautiful ‘eternal home’

After discovering it online in June 2018, Abby Brothers and her husband Trey decided to buy an old, rickety car property this had once been a stately home.

They bought the run-down Aberdeen, North Carolina home for $155,000 (£85,840), knowing it was an ambitious venture renovation project lay in front of them.

The vast undertaking did not deter them, as the brothers knew they were looking toward what would one day become their “eternal home.”

Since then, they’ve transformed the 1913 estate into the beautiful family home it was built for, and their hard work has added a whopping $745,000 (£556,094) to the property’s value.

The mansion was built in 1913


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Abby, a 31-year-old nurse, said: “When we saw the house in person we knew it was our home but it looked so sad and dilapidated. A lot of people told us we were crazy about buying a house this size that required so much work.

“We wanted to make our home just that – a home. It was originally built for a family and we wanted it to stay that way, it is our forever home. Everything had to be modernized, everything was original, the plumbing, electricity, windows, walls, all from 1913″.

The 6,000 square foot colonial-style brick mansion features six bedrooms and four bathrooms, with a grand staircase leading from the impressive foyer to the upper floor.

The spacious kitchen opens to the dining room, a study, a living room area and a sleeping porch, while the loft is large enough for any storage needs.

The couple has retained many of the original features


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The renovation work took a total of nine months


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She added: “Our house has been abandoned for a long time, estimated at over 30 years, and had many leaks in the roof which resulted in severe water damage, worst of all in the dining room.

“We couldn’t fully enter the dining room because the floor had given way and it was in the basement so this entire side of the house needed new floor joists and flooring and the roof was repaired and replaced.”

The couple also had to replace all of the windows in the home, while the brick facade needed repointing in various areas of the property.

However, they chose to retain many of the original features, changing the layout in only two areas.

All the windows in the house had to be replaced


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The couple have added significant value to their home


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Abby continued: “Needless to say we took our home to the studs and started everything over again. Anything that required permits such as

“We helped with the demo and were also involved in every project in some way or another. Trey refinished the terrazzo floors in the bathrooms and made the concrete countertops in the kitchen/pantry.”

With the support of his mother and stepfather, Trey, 33, laid all the kitchen and bathroom tiles except for one bathroom, which Abby and her family – who did all the interior painting – did.

The renovations took a total of nine months and there was another exciting development when the couple welcomed son Wim to their new family home in December 2020.

After setting a budget of between $250,000 and $275,000 – to keep costs down by doing as much as possible themselves – the couple ended up spending a total of $268,494 (about £201,000).

Abby said: “Our home is priceless to us. We loved our home when it fell apart, but that love has only grown. Because we live here we all see flaws, but we know how far our home has come, the flaws are undeniable.

“Our home is unique and strong, yet simple and cozy at the same time. We’re just an ordinary couple who have stumbled upon an extraordinary home.”

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