Dedicated and On Display: Horacio’s Home

Dedicated and On Display: Horacio’s Home


Upon meeting Horacio, it’s evident he’s proud of his home. He frequently displays the home’s progress on his Snapchat.

Sitting cozy on Milwaukee north side, he and members of his family (including his 74-year-old grandfather) have been working hard on the home rehab: insulation, finishing walls, pulling up carpets and refinishing the original hardwood floors.

“It’s been a lot of work,” he said. “But we’re almost finished.”

He worked for five months getting the home code compliant after purchasing it for $3,500 in May. The family moved in in September.

Horacio hopes to complete the cosmetic rehab projects in another six months.

Among the projects left to complete is adding a fireplace console.

Previously, Horacio and his wife Maria rented a small two-bedroom apartment.

Living in a 4-bedroom, single-family house has taken some adjustment.

“Sometimes it feels like it’s too big,” he said.

The neighborhood has them smitten. Horacio knows his neighbors: a janitor to the right of him and a third-shift worker to the left.

“This area is good,” he said. “And quiet.”


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