Before buying his home, Michael Gray was homeless and lived in his niece's basement, he told Business Insider himself. Even though he had a degree, he could never find work in his hometown, Detroit. After a car accident, Michael received some money that completely transform his life.
In November 2009, Michael bought an abandoned house for $ 1,500. A real bargain. But the house was in a bad shape. It was infested with mites, spiders, mice ... and nothing worked inside, not even the toilet.
For 10 years, the man worked hard to renovate the house. At the same time, he found a job in renovation that allowed him to learn everything he needed to know to transform his house according to his tastes. What required more expertise, Michael could ask his colleagues and friends.
"My wife Cynthia has always stayed with me. I told her that I was going to offer her a house she would be proud of, a house she would like to live in, but also a house she could show her friends, ", Michael told Business Insider.
Michael worked piece by piece. In ten years, it cost him $ 70,000 to completely transform the property.
Here are some pictures that show all the work done by Micheal!
Here is the front of the house when he bought it in 2009:
Here is the front of the house today:
Here is the kitchen before the renovations:
Here is the kitchen today:
Here's the bathroom ten years ago:
And here is the bathroom today:
The property has three bedrooms now.
It used to have four bedrooms, but one has been converted to a walk in!
Today, Michael is 67 and proud of what he has accomplished. On November 2, he and Cynthia celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary.
Source: Les Maisons
Photo Credit: Les Maisons