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Lady Buys Abandoned House In Detroit For $500 And Brings It Back To Life With 4,000 Flowers

We’ve seen a lot of stories about Detroit and how buildings are being left abandoned, simply waiting for Mother Nature to take over.  In Detroit, they are even paying people to move to their city or giving them free houses with the stipulation and goal of getting these once thriving neighborhoods turned around into something more than what they are today. One of the many cool things about Detroit is that there are a ton of amazing houses with beautiful architecture, just waiting for a new owner. When florist, Lisa Waud, bought a house in Detroit for just $500, everyone thought she was crazy. But once they saw what she had in mind, they can’t help but talk about her new and upcoming project.

Lady Buys Abandoned House In Detroit For $500 And Brings It Back To Life With 4,000 Flowers

Lisa Waud purchased this duplex for just $500. As you can see, it’s in pretty terrible shape, but for $500, it was a steal.

Lady Buys Abandoned House In Detroit For $500 And Brings It Back To Life With 4,000 Flowers

When she purchased the structure, the interior was an absolute disaster with garbage piling up in every room and every corner of the house. Most people would have turned around, never to return.

Lady Buys Abandoned House In Detroit For $500 And Brings It Back To Life With 4,000 Flowers

Once she got the keys to the house and managed to clean out the garbage, Lisa spent the next 48 hours inside the house. She brought in over 4,000 flowers and got to work.

Lady Buys Abandoned House In Detroit For $500 And Brings It Back To Life With 4,000 Flowers

“My first idea was to build a small shed from a hardware store kit and display it at a local contemporary museum, but that quickly felt that it wouldn’t have the ‘breathtaking’ factor I craved,” said Lisa about the beginning of this project.

Lady Buys Abandoned House In Detroit For $500 And Brings It Back To Life With 4,000 Flowers

Lisa said, “When you live in Detroit, it’s hard to not notice an abundance of abandoned houses, and one day, I began looking at them as a resource, and it wasn’t too much longer before I was at a city auction with my hand up.”

Lady Buys Abandoned House In Detroit For $500 And Brings It Back To Life With 4,000 Flowers

“It was certainly at that moment when sh*t got real for the project. I was suddenly in possession of my canvas for an installation I had been dreaming of for years. As I spent time cleaning up the properties, it became much more than a floral art project though,” continued Lisa.

Lady Buys Abandoned House In Detroit For $500 And Brings It Back To Life With 4,000 Flowers

Lisa said, “It’s a story in three parts: a house filled with flowers for one fall weekend, a deconstruction project partnering with a local company called Reclaim Detroit to reuse up to 75% of the materials in the structures, and the launching of an urban flower farm for my floral design company, pot & box.

Lady Buys Abandoned House In Detroit For $500 And Brings It Back To Life With 4,000 Flowers

“I have met florists I’ve always looked up to, neighbors I never would have known, and people passionate about getting involved with the project. It’s been amazing,” Lisa said of the project.

Lady Buys Abandoned House In Detroit For $500 And Brings It Back To Life With 4,000 Flowers

Lisa started off small, only filling up one side of the house with 4,000 flowers.

Lady Buys Abandoned House In Detroit For $500 And Brings It Back To Life With 4,000 Flowers

In October 2015, she plans on filling up the other side of the house with over 100,000 flowers!

Lady Buys Abandoned House In Detroit For $500 And Brings It Back To Life With 4,000 Flowers

The project was inspired by Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s wrapped Pont Neuf bridge in Paris.

Lady Buys Abandoned House In Detroit For $500 And Brings It Back To Life With 4,000 Flowers

But once she got started, the project started to take on a mind of its own. There became an emphasis on sustainability, along with a long-term plan for the properties that Lisa had purchased and was using for the project.

Lady Buys Abandoned House In Detroit For $500 And Brings It Back To Life With 4,000 Flowers

Once her art show is over, the displays will be dismantled, recycled, and the space will be used to grow many different types of flowers.

Lady Buys Abandoned House In Detroit For $500 And Brings It Back To Life With 4,000 Flowers

Lisa said, “The hope that this deconstruction and land re-purposing will inspire others to see abandoned structures as platforms for art and business, and to use them in an environmentally responsible way.”

Lady Buys Abandoned House In Detroit For $500 And Brings It Back To Life With 4,000 Flowers

The Flower House will hold an open house reception in October where the public can come in and see what is being done inside this once abandoned house in Detroit.

H/T: My Modern Met

What an amazing way to reclaim old and abandoned property, while turning it into something much better than what it was before she bought it. I am still in awe that she was able to purchase the home for just $500. To find out more about the project visit Lisa’s website HERE and find out more about her company pot & box HERE.

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