2018-07-11 / News

Imlay City man transforms home into a showplace, wins award

BY PHIL FOLEY
810-452-2616 • pfoley@mihomepaper.com


Alfredo Alacazar’s home on Fourth Street in Imlay City was a wreck when he bought it six years ago. He’s transformed it into a showplace. 
Photos by Phil Foley Alfredo Alacazar’s home on Fourth Street in Imlay City was a wreck when he bought it six years ago. He’s transformed it into a showplace. Photos by Phil Foley IMLAY CITY — When Alfredo Alacazar brought his family to Imlay City from Chicago with a detour to a Macomb County mobile home community six years ago, nobody else wanted the house he picked on Fourth Street.

Now it’s Imlay City’s House of the Month for July.

On July 3 Joe Schierlinger, in his last act as Imlay City’s Code Enforcement Officer, presented the Alacazar family with a certificate from the city, a $50 gift certificate to Hiram’s Tavern, a three-month subscription to The County Press and a custom plaque created by CharleeJack Designs.

Alacazar spent two years redoing the inside of the four-bedroom home on the 400 block of Fourth Street. He also deepened the basement, shoring up the foundation in the process.


Imlay City Code Enforcement Officer Joe Schierlinger hands Alfredo Alacazar a custom plaque recognizing his home as Imlay City’s House of the Month for July. Imlay City Code Enforcement Officer Joe Schierlinger hands Alfredo Alacazar a custom plaque recognizing his home as Imlay City’s House of the Month for July. He said when he bought the house it was “bad, bad,” with overgrown trees in the back and what appeared to be a fetid cistern in the basement. He’s not sure how old the home is, but Alcazar found an antique liquor bottle and stacks of old newspapers while working in the basement.

Catalina Maldonado, one of Alcazar’s seven daughters, said he closed off an interior hallway to create a bathroom for himself.

Alcazar brought in outside help to put on the deep purple metal roof and dark siding. He also hired help to build a spacious wrap-around porch, which comes in handy when his seven daughters and 19 grandchildren come by for the weekend.

But the cement work he did himself, installing a custom rock-like side walk, a pebble finish driveway with contrasting diamonds and an expansive concrete deck on the back of the house. He said he’s still got to take time from his concrete finishing business, MCA Stamped Concrete, to complete the home’s second driveway.

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