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    • Spring Valley - Dictionary Hill, Spring Valley is an unincorporated community of San Diego county. The residents of Dictionary Hill have great views of Mt. Miguel, Sweetwater Reservoir, Downtown San Diego, the ocean, and Mexico. Most of the yards on Dictionary Hill are on a steep slope, making them a big challenge as far as landscaping goes., Southwest

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    • Saline Michigan, Tight community, used to be farm country but times have changed, but the home town feel is still there. The doughnut shop is the place to catch up on the late set new or the tavern downtown called Dans. Our schools are the best around and people are proud to live here. My wife and myself our both teachers and love to be involved in our community. Go Hornets., Mid Atlantic

      Saline Michigan 

    • Howell, Howell is a small town just south of Lansing Michigan. We have a wonderful family atmosphere with a farmers market every weekend. A great library with a kids program. Our town hosts a hot air balloon festival every summer and a Christmas light parade that'll knock your socks off, Midwest

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    • Lewistown, Lewistown is your typical small town U.S.A. We a located in central PA in the mountain region known as the "Seven Mountains". We are 60 miles from Harrisburg the capital of  PA and 30 miles from Penn State University home of the Nittany Lions. We have many state parks in our area.  One of our largest employers in the area is Standar Steele which manufacture train wheels., East Coast

      Lewistown 

    • Lewistown, Lewistown is your typical small town U.S.A. We a located in central PA in the mountain region known as the "Seven Mountains". We are 60 miles from Harrisburg the capital of  PA and 30 miles from Penn State University home of the Nittany Lions. We have many state parks in our area.  One of our largest employers in the area is Standar Steele which manufacture train wheels., East Coast

      Lewistown 

    • Lewistown, Lewistown is your typical small town U.S.A. We a located in central PA in the mountain region known as the "Seven Mountains". We are 60 miles from Harrisburg the capital of  PA and 30 miles from Penn State University home of the Nittany Lions. We have many state parks in our area.  One of our largest employers in the area is Standar Steele which manufacture train wheels., East Coast

      Lewistown 

    • South Euclid, Ohio (East Side Suburb of Cleveland), South Euclid is a cute little suburb on the Eastern side of Cleveland, Ohio. More interesting than our little town, is our street in particular, which is filled with wonderfully eclectic architectural styles.  Our street has everything from colonials to cute little WWII bungalows to massive expanse mansions.  
Enter our house - which from the outside is a bungalow that was built in 1913.  However, the inside tells a different story.  Our home initially had two small bedrooms, one full bathroom, a dirt basement and an old-school pull down set of stairs that led to an attic crawl space.  Our home was initially purchased in 2005 by my parents as a house to flip.  They partially gutted it to make the space more open, inviting and livable.   A large amount of the original interior walls were removed and rebuilt to open up the entire first floor.  A central staircase was built that now leads to a loft style master suite in the former attic and the basement has been fully finished.  I loved this house so much that I moved in when I returned to Cleveland from Chicago in 2007 and added a cute little wine tasting room to the basement in 2010. 
WHY WE NEED HELP! (the short version)
In May of 2010 my now husband proposed to me on the front steps of our home.  6 months later we were married on those same steps and held our 160 person reception in the backyard.  In April of 2012, my husband and I bought our home from my parents and we took out a 203K loan in order to update the kitchen and add a deck onto the back side of our house.   The renovation should have taken 4 weeks at maximum from demolition to completion.  Well, it is now 2014 and our home is still not finished.  To put it mildly, our contractors have not held up to their end of the bargain with regard to deadlines, completion or workmanship.  We were forced to fire two different sets of contractors by our mortgage banking institution over the last two years. We lived without a kitchen and ate take out for 18 months.  We finally have a functional kitchen ? but, we also have cracked tiles on our kitchen floor, shoddy window casings, drywall shenanigans and a back door slider that leaks.  We also have a hot mess of a partial install on a shower ? which was stopped during the install when I realized that it was constructed poorly and the tiles were set with HUGE gaps (if completed, our shower would have eventually ended up falling through the floor and into our basement.)   Basically, we have been living in only 2 rooms in our home (dining room and our master suite) since April of 2012.   Clearly, this renovation has been ?stressful? on us, emotionally and financially.  We planned to fence in our yard for our painfully adorable Scottish Terriers, add a series of raised garden beds and a hot tub in the Summer of 2012 ? but, this renovation has taken over our lives. We used to have dinner parties and BBQ?s quite often and love to entertain in general? no one has been in our home since we bought it (mostly because there was so much construction junk that you could barely walk through the first floor.)  Clearly, we have a great sense of humor about all of this? because laughing is so much better than crying.   We would love to have our home restored back to its former shabby chic glory? PLEASE HELP!, Midwest

      South Euclid,
      Ohio (East...

    • South Euclid, Ohio (East side suburb of Cleveland), South Euclid is a cute little suburb on the Eastern side of Cleveland, Ohio. More interesting than our little town, is our street in particular, which is filled with wonderfully eclectic architectural styles.  Our street has everything from colonials to cute little WWII bungalows to massive expanse mansions.  
Enter our house - which from the outside is a bungalow that was built in 1913.  However, the inside tells a different story.  Our home initially had two small bedrooms, one full bathroom, a dirt basement and an old-school pull down set of stairs that led to an attic crawl space.  Our home was initially purchased in 2005 by my parents as a house to flip.  They partially gutted it to make the space more open, inviting and livable.   A large amount of the original interior walls were removed and rebuilt to open up the entire first floor.  The basement has been finished and a central staircase was built that now leads to a loft style master suite in the former attic.  I loved this house so much that I moved in when I returned to Cleveland from Chicago in 2007. 

Why we NEED a crash (the short version):
In 2010 my now husband proposed to me on the front steps of our home.  6 months later we were married on those same steps and held our 160 person reception in the backyard.  In April of 2012, my husband and I bought our home from my parents and we took out a 203K loan in order to update the kitchen and add a deck onto the back side of our house.   The renovation should have taken 4 weeks at maximum from demolition to completion.  Well, it is now 2014 and our home is still not finished.  To put it mildly, our contractors have not held up to their end of the bargain in completion sense or workmanship.  We were forced to fire two different sets of contractors by our mortgage banking institution over the last two years. We lived without a kitchen and ate take out for 18 months.  We finally have a functional kitchen ? but, we have cracked tiles on our kitchen floor, shoddy window casings and a back door slider that leaks.  We also have a hot mess of a partial install on a shower ? which was stopped during the install when I realized that it was constructed poorly and the tiles were set with HUGE gaps (if completed, our shower would have eventually ended up falling through the floor and into our basement.)   Basically, we have been living in only 2 rooms in our home (dining room and our master suite) since April of 2012.   Clearly, this renovation has been ?stressful? on us, emotionally and financially.  We planned to fence in our yard, add a series of raised garden beds and a hot tub in the Summer of 2012 ? but, this renovation has taken over our lives.  We would love a backyard crash or a kitchen/bath crash to have our home restored back to its former shabby chic glory!, Mid Atlantic

      South Euclid,
      Ohio (East...

    • South Euclid, Ohio (East side suburb of Cleveland), South Euclid is a cute little suburb on the Eastern side of Cleveland, Ohio. More interesting than our little town, is our street in particular, which is filled with wonderfully eclectic architectural styles.  Our street has everything from colonials to cute little WWII bungalows to massive expanse mansions.  
Enter our house - which from the outside is a bungalow that was built in 1913.  However, the inside tells a different story.  Our home initially had two small bedrooms, one full bathroom, a dirt basement and an old-school pull down set of stairs that led to an attic crawl space.  Our home was initially purchased in 2005 by my parents as a house to flip.  They partially gutted it to make the space more open, inviting and livable.   A large amount of the original interior walls were removed and rebuilt to open up the entire first floor.  The basement has been finished and a central staircase was built that now leads to a loft style master suite in the former attic.  I loved this house so much that I moved in when I returned to Cleveland from Chicago in 2007. 

Why we NEED a crash (the short version):
In 2010 my now husband proposed to me on the front steps of our home.  6 months later we were married on those same steps and held our 160 person reception in the backyard.  In April of 2012, my husband and I bought our home from my parents and we took out a 203K loan in order to update the kitchen and add a deck onto the back side of our house.   The renovation should have taken 4 weeks at maximum from demolition to completion.  Well, it is now 2014 and our home is still not finished.  To put it mildly, our contractors have not held up to their end of the bargain in completion sense or workmanship.  We were forced to fire two different sets of contractors by our mortgage banking institution over the last two years. We lived without a kitchen and ate take out for 18 months.  We finally have a functional kitchen ? but, we have cracked tiles on our kitchen floor, shoddy window casings and a back door slider that leaks.  We also have a hot mess of a partial install on a shower ? which was stopped during the install when I realized that it was constructed poorly and the tiles were set with HUGE gaps (if completed, our shower would have eventually ended up falling through the floor and into our basement.)   Basically, we have been living in only 2 rooms in our home (dining room and our master suite) since April of 2012.   Clearly, this renovation has been ?stressful? on us, emotionally and financially.  We planned to fence in our yard, add a series of raised garden beds and a hot tub in the Summer of 2012 ? but, this renovation has taken over our lives.  We would love a backyard crash or a kitchen/bath crash to have our home restored back to its former shabby chic glory!, Mid Atlantic

      South Euclid,
      Ohio (East...

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