Eyesore of the week
|By Amanda Harrell-Seyburn|
1542 N. High St., Lansing
Address: 1542 N. High St., Lansing
Owner: Wanda Lester
Assessed value: $28,300
Owner says: Could not be reached for comment
This light yellow house would look inviting with its screen door propped open were it not for the dangling gutter that is pulling the boards of the porch ceiling away with it.
Though the lawn is maintained, the house itself looks dirty and worn. Sections of the yellow siding and the porch have collected dirt and the paint is starting to look shabby. The right side of the roof is covered in tarps that seem to have been up there a while, as they’re beginning to fray themselves. Even the satellite dish sits unattached from the house on the ground near the driveway.
— Meghan Spork
Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: A damaged roof detracts from the beauty of this craftsman style house at 1542 N. High St. in the Northtown Neighorhood. Neglecting to fix a roof in need of repair is one of the fastest ways to destroy a structure. A short-term solution would be to repair the roof with matching asphalt shingles. A long-term and most cost effective solution would be to replace the roof with an energy efficient solution such as metal or tile roofing made of clay, concrete and/or recycled rubber. This home would look really lovely with either.A new roof is one of the most important improvements to any home. It’s the first level of protection from the elements and adds immense aesthetic value. Although asphalt shingles continue to be the most popular among homeowners, there are a variety of options that are more environmentally responsible, energy efficient and cost effective long-term solutions.
“Eyesore of the Week" is our look at some of the seedier properties in Lansing. It rotates each week with Eye Candy of the Week. If you have a suggestion, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call Andy Balaskovitz at 371- 5600 ex. 17.