Thomas Jordan was looking for a new way to spend his time after his divorce.
“I was looking for a project that would keep me busy, focus my energies and interests, and allow me to apply my carpentry habit,” he said.
He found a two-bedroom Colonial in the Village of Vincentown in Burlington County.
“I needed a place to live, and this one found me at the same time I was looking,” he said. “It mostly kept me out of trouble.”
After he purchased the home in 2015, there was more than enough work to be done to keep him busy.
“The house was just the right size for what I needed, and for the size project I was looking for,” he said.
He and his father did all the renovations except for the electrical and heater installation. Their work included stripping paint off nearly the entire house — inside and out — as well as building a new deck, installing a sprinkler system and replanting the entire back yard.
“We spent just as much time noodling out a plan as executing it,” Jordan said. “But we both love that part and it brings us together.”
The renovations also included an entire kitchen upgrade, moving and painting cabinets, adding a dishwasher, and putting in butcher block countertops.
“It came together so well,” Jordan said, “I think I’m the only dude on Pinterest.”
Jordan grew up just down the street from the 1,152-square-foot home in the village, which is part of Southampton Township, so he was already smitten with the neighborhood when he moved in.
“Like a lot of folks who live here, I just love this little town,” Jordan said.
The home was built in 1890, but his family history goes back longer than that in Vincentown.
“When my folks sold their home in 2000, it was the first time the house was owned by someone outside of our family,” he said.
Project complete, Jordan is on to at least one more spot.
“My wife and I were married on March 29, 2018, and we’ve decided we should probably live together,” he joked.
Since she lives in the Mount Airy section of Philadelphia, the couple is staying there while they consider a new property together.
“We’ve been spending time looking for the next great place that needs the right owner at the right time,” he said. “My hands and back need a bit of rest before the next one.”
The house is listed for $169,900 with Richard Jordan at BHHS Fox & Roach.