To say this house in Louisiana is protected is an understatement.
For a purchaser in the hunt for the last word in house safety, this former financial institution constructing on Prairie Road in Winnsboro, LA, is in the marketplace for $700,000.
“The partitions are 18 to 24 inches of brick constructed within the Nineteen Twenties. It is simply as stable as an absolute rock, so nothing’s going to occur to the constructing. It is simply not attainable. It is all steel and cement. Simply stable,” says Charles Reed, a household physician and proprietor of the house.
Reed purchased the previous Winnsboro State Financial institution department in 2012, and turned it right into a five-bedroom house with 7,500 sq. ft of dwelling area.
“I simply thought it was an superior place,” Reed says, including that he needed a spot that was protected from storms and different perils, both pure or artifical.
The primary part of renovations included new wiring, refinishing the partitions, overhauling the plumbing, and laying out a flooring plan for one-third of the inside area.
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The second part concerned remodeling the large financial institution vaults into livable area.
“We added a number of bedrooms and two baths that didn’t exist,” Reed explains.
The 2 vault doorways are true highlights of the home. One is in the main bedroom and results in a closet.
“The oldest vault door may be very shiny, and it’s very ornate,” Reed explains. “It’s the previous fashion, with metal crisscrossing it. It’s multilayers of metal and rebar, and the partitions are 2 ft thick.”
It was constructed within the Nineteen Twenties and remains to be operational—but extraordinarily heavy.
“Anybody can push it, you simply can’t push it quick,” he says.
The opposite vault door protects a pc room and was constructed within the Sixties.
“It’s a type of vaults the place it seals to the purpose the place water is not going to leak out of it. It’s absolutely the excellent match. They do not make vault doorways like that these days,” Reed says. “These days, there’s all the time some slack in them. They do not machine it to perfection anymore.”
The financial institution’s former drive-through window remains to be operational, however now sits behind cabinetry.
The previous financial institution has been divided two full items, every with a kitchen and a separate entrance. One is totally handicapped-accessible with a bigger rest room and different lodging.
However there’s nonetheless conversion work left to be completed. The constructing’s second flooring stays a clean slate.
“There’s a complete different part upstairs that’s utterly unfinished. It has its personal entry to the skin and could possibly be transformed into separate residences for some residual revenue,” suggests the itemizing agent, Jay Shepherd.
The house is in town’s fundamental road with a submit workplace subsequent door. A number of houses are close by. Reed says Winnsboro is a superb spot in northeast Louisiana, with a very good mixture of retirees and younger professionals.
Reed’s youngsters have lived within the completed product on and off, however he himself has by no means lived within the house he created.
“I might transfer into it tomorrow if my spouse would agree, nevertheless it’s not going to occur,” he says. “I’ve spent one evening in it simply to say I did it.”
Reed says the previous financial institution is ideal for a purchaser who could also be away for some time and desires to know their property is protected.
“I believe the lock-and-leave sort individual,” he says. “If you happen to’re the kind of individual who’s going to be house for a month after which journey for a month, it’s so safe, nobody can break in.”