How to give a better look to this house?

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Hello! I know it looks miserable, but your advice will help me understand what to do with this old house that I just purchase.
Thank you!
q howto give a better look to this , home improvement, large home improvement projects, The house from outside
The house from outside
q howto give a better look to this , home improvement, large home improvement projects, The main entrance old kitchen
The main entrance-old kitchen
q howto give a better look to this , home improvement, large home improvement projects, the small living room
the small living room
q howto give a better look to this , home improvement, large home improvement projects, storage room
storage room
q howto give a better look to this , home improvement, large home improvement projects, the main entrance old kitchen
the main entrance-old kitchen
q howto give a better look to this , home improvement, large home improvement projects, bedroom never been finished
bedroom-never been finished
q howto give a better look to this , home improvement, large home improvement projects, old kitchen with main entance
old kitchen with main entance
q howto give a better look to this , home improvement, large home improvement projects, suppose to be I guess storage room
suppose to be I guess storage room
q howto give a better look to this , home improvement, large home improvement projects, old kitchen with main entrance
old kitchen with main entrance
q howto give a better look to this , home improvement, large home improvement projects, outside the house
outside the house-
q howto give a better look to this , home improvement, large home improvement projects, small living room
small living room
q howto give a better look to this , home improvement, large home improvement projects, the roof in the kitchen
the roof in the kitchen
q howto give a better look to this , home improvement, large home improvement projects, Small living room with another entrance from outside
Small living room with another entrance from outside
q howto give a better look to this , home improvement, large home improvement projects, office room
office room
q howto give a better look to this , home improvement, large home improvement projects, bedroom never been finished
bedroom never been finished
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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Aug 18, 2016
    Do you want to start inside or outside first?

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    • Dana Candrea Dana Candrea on Aug 20, 2016
      So good advise!! Thank you!! I will definitely do that!!!

  • Diane Diane on Aug 18, 2016
    there is a lot of work-decide if you want the inside or outside as Janet said-the inside will give you is what you also figure out how money you have to spend otherwise projects will only get half done and you'll get bored and things will never get done

    • Dana Candrea Dana Candrea on Aug 20, 2016
      :-)) you very much right! I have the feeling that I should just build a new house!! But still...I am not gonna live there permanently ...I though I can stay there only in weekends...

  • Jolanta Oszurko Jolanta Oszurko on Aug 18, 2016
    If it's as old as it looks, striping it to the bare bones inside may produce some interesting architectural details.

  • Danielle Odin Danielle Odin on Aug 18, 2016
    The outside looks like Adobe. This is one of the best insulation you can get. It has such beauty as well. I would start on the inside and get that to a liveable condition.

    • Dana Candrea Dana Candrea on Aug 20, 2016
      yes..adobe construction is one of the oldest and most versatile building techniques used by humans special in East of Europe ( in the village areas)..Thank you for your advise Danielle!

  • William William on Aug 18, 2016
    I would gut the inside first. Repair anything that is structural. Then look at your budget. Start working one room at a time so you don't get overwhelmed. You don't want a bunch of projects all over the place.

  • Dianne Goldthorpe Dianne Goldthorpe on Aug 18, 2016
    Gut the inside, blow out some walls to enlarge the space, keep in mind some maybe load bearing, , replace and insulate walls and windows as you go and then you can get a feel for the flow of the house. Be careful of electrics and water lines, call 1 800 DIG to get utility companies out to mark out their location. Once you have done all that you will have a better idea of your budget but getting all those big things done will in the long run make life so much easier for you and a great selling advantage. Good luck

  • Connie Connie on Aug 18, 2016
    Clear out the stuff in the inside and decide how you want the layout. Kitchen and bathroom makeovers bring back the most money when you sell. (if you sell) Recycle center can save you alot of money if you can find the right items. The outside does look like adobe and probably a sought after technique. It has a historic look. Try to clean up your landscaping and plant flowers and shrubs if possible to make the old house look refreshed. Good luck!

    • Dana Candrea Dana Candrea on Aug 20, 2016
      Hey Connie! Thank you!! I have no intention to sale honestly and unfortunately in the local are doesnt exist any kind of recycle center :-((..I am gonna update you once I will finish it. However plenty of space for gardening 2031 square meters...Thank you once again!

  • Leslie Leslie on Aug 19, 2016
    I would also store whatever is in usable condition to check over later for reuse. You could have some interesting and one of a kind finds in that home. Question everything you decide to get rid of. Is the Icon on the kitchen wall hand painted or is it just paper in a frame. If you have a shed on the property keep all the stuff you keep in there for protection. Adobe is one of the oldest building materials and as someone said a great insulator.. Go slowly and do your research before you do anything or hire someone to do it. Researching "how to" will build your your confidence and skills. Good luck you have a diamond in the rough there.

    • Dana Candrea Dana Candrea on Aug 20, 2016
      The things remain in the house are very old...and the Icon you have seen its painted..I am goona start from inside and keep on update you.Thank you so much for your advise!

  • Sue c. Sue c. on Aug 19, 2016
    What country is this house in? Do you have the skills yourself to do the required upgrades? If you don't have the skills, will the locals be able to do the work the way you want/need it to be done? Are there any building codes you as the owner need to be aware of? This will be a massive job if water has infiltrated the adobe and support framing. Eastern Europe ? I hope you will tell us how the work goes and send pics of the final gem you will have.

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    • Dana Candrea Dana Candrea on Aug 20, 2016
      Leslie!! I am full of energy now:-)))!!!! Very motivated mgs!!!

  • Virginia Prestridge Virginia Prestridge on Aug 19, 2016
    STUCCO WOULD BE THE EASIEST AND PROBABLY THE CHEAPEST WAY TOO. STRIP THE INSIDE AND SEE WHAT YOU HAVE. START WITH CLEANING THE INSIDE SO YOU KNOW WHAT IS UNDER THE DIRT

    • Dana Candrea Dana Candrea on Aug 20, 2016
      Thank you Virginia! Well there is no dirt..but only old staff remain from very long time :-)..I will take your advise as good and let you know how its goes:-))