In­trepid DIYers

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Ku­dos to old-house saints like Mark Reynolds, who take it upon them­selves to save one house at a time. “I’m cur­rently work­ing on #4,” he wrote. First came a Kansas City Foursquare; in 1982 “my mom sent me a gift sub­scrip­tion to OHJ and I’ve sub­scribed ever since.” Next was a 1918 Dutch Colo­nial in Royal Oak, Mich., and then “I bought ‘the dead guy’s house’ in Detroit’s In­dian Vil­lage His­toric District. The roof had leaked for 20 years.” Mark still owns and works on the 21-room, ca. 1900 house de­signed by Strat­ton & Bald­win (Strat­ton was the hus­band of Mary Chase Strat­ton, Pe­wabic Pot­tery founder). In 2012, he stum­bled on a deal for a 1916 Sto­ry­book Cot­tage, also in In­dian Vil­lage.

RIGHT Reynolds has been work­ing on the 1916 English Sto­ry­book Cot­tage for six years. BE­LOW Pur­chased in 1997, the ca. 1900 Vic­to­rian with Shin­gle Style and Queen Anne el­e­ments re­mains a work in progress; ex­te­rior restora­tion was com­pleted years ago.RIGHT Reynolds and his late brother Chris re­habbed this 1918 house dur­ing the 1980s. About this one he notes: “Not all old houses were well built.” More re­cent, on­go­ing projects have been pe­riod restora­tions.

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