Woman Bought An Abandoned House For $500 And Turned It Into A Flower Paradise

Date November 27, 2017

Abandoned houses may not be suitable for living in there, but they can easily become a source of inspiration for certain artists. Lisa Waud, a florist and an owner of Pot & Box floral design company from Michigan, proved this statement back in 2015.

The woman purchased an abandoned duplex at a local auction for only $500 and filled both buildings with breathtaking flower compositions.

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Too many abandoned houses in Detroit

The idea of turning half-destroyed buildings into a flower galleries did not come to Lisa right away. She got inspired by Christian Dior's show at which they filled a mansion with thousands of flowers forming a rainbow back in 2012, says the New York Times.

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And eventually, Lisa turned her attention to something she saw on a daily basis – abandoned properties.

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.

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In 2014, the woman bought two abandoned houses in Hamtramck, Michigan for just $500. Her initial idea consisted of three parts:

  • redecorate the buildings for an exhibit planned for October 2015;
  • deconstruct the houses and recycle as many materials as possible;
  • use the lands for growing flowers.

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This way, Lisa hoped to promote the idea of sustainability and responsibility and show an original way of reusing abandoned Detroit houses.

Starting the makeover

The first impressive makeover happened long before the autumn exhibit. In May 2015, she invited volunteers and spent two days filling the rooms and decorating the facade of one of the houses with 4,000 flowers. All the flowers were donated by various flower farms across America, Huffington Post reports.

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The preview was meant to test Lisa's idea and raise money for the next stages of her Flower House project. Before the October exhibition, the florist completely changed the look of the second abandoned house, filling all of its 15 rooms with thousands of fresh flowers and living plants.

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After the autumn exhibition, the building was destroyed completely, and the lands are now used by Lisa Waud's Pot & Box farm for growing new flowers and green plants.

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