Eyesore of the week
|By Amanda Harrell-Seyburn|
811 Bement St., Lansing
Property: 811 Bement St., Lansing
Owner: Sam Usman
Assessed value: $12,900
Owner says: Could not be reached for comment
This property matches the season in both color scheme and in deed. Just like the leaves, this property features a palate of orange and brown, and parts of it seem to be falling to the ground.
The brown siding of the house is not in bad shape, showing a reasonable amount of dents and weathering. Most of the windows and doors are boarded up and the paint on the porch is well beyond peeling. The worst part of the lot would have to be the shed behind the house. It lacks a door, it’s beginning to rust, it’s quite misshapen, and houses random garbage and cinderblocks.
— Meghan Spork
about designing and building your own? Another excellent option is
hiring a skilled local craftsman for the job. Lansing has a variety of
builders who have a great reputation for quality, and most small
outbuildings can be completed in a day, often at a price more
reasonable than a kit. Make sure to take the time to research which
style and construction type of building will most suit your lifestyle
Outbuildings are great because in addition to adding practical storage
to your property, they can add charm and character. Outbuildings don’t
have to be strictly utilitarian — have fun with them. Depending on your
taste, outbuildings look great with additional touches such as
shutters, flower boxes, windows and/or decorative gables to suggest.
An outbuilding is a significant financial investment and it is important to protect your asset with routine maintenance.