Like Leslie, the story of her house is very interesting. It is located in a wonderful old Kansas City, Mo., neighborhood. But when Leslie and her husband, Dan, bought the house, “wonderful” was not a word you would use to describe it. “Eyesore” might fit it better. The house had been vacant for nine years. The yard was overgrown, there were birds flying in and out, and the interior was a disaster. The pervious owners had planned to tear it down so they could rebuild on the lot.
When Leslie and Dan saw first saw the house, they both had an immediate emotional reaction to the diamond in the rough: Leslie, because she saw the house’s potential; Dan, because it held many cherished childhood memories. His grandfather and father had lived in the house next door for many years. Dan visited often, mowing both lawns more times than he cared to remember. They knew it would be a lot of work, but they were determined to bring the house back.