When Peter Fallot bought a rundown house in Canandaigua in the early 1980s, just west of M-156, it wasn’t even livable.
There was no plumbing at all. The “Michigan basement” was too shallow for a person to stand.
The wiring consisted of a two-fuse electrical box with one line feeding the kitchen range and the other leading to a pair of light bulbs hanging from the rafters.
In the end, his $5,500 investment paid off, but it wasn’t an easy process.
“I gave up on it a couple of times,” Pete said. “It took forever. Nothing is square. Every piece of drywall is a trapezoid. It’s so much easier to do a new house.”
He started off by digging out the basement, pouring a concrete floor and stabilizing the foundation of the structure. He made some headway, but the kitchen stands as a testament to the off-balance nature of the place. The space above the cabinets at one end of the room is at least four inches lower than the other.
The old house has gone through a lot in the past 170 years. Many of the other houses in the once-bustling community are gone, along with the blacksmith shop that stood at the corner. Pete still finds bent horseshoe nails in that area.
Pete worked on the house for a year and a half to make it livable and started spending nights there in 1986.
A new occupant entered in December 1987 when he married Diana. It’s a home she finds very comfortable.