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A couple paid just $55,000 for an 80-year-old general store. See how they transformed it into a $600,000 dream home that’s now for sale.


front of houseThe general store Rod Roddy and Lisa Cinnater bought for $55,000.

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  • In 2018, Rod Roddy and Lisa Cinnater bought an old general store in Louisiana for $55,000.
  • The couple kept a lot of the store’s charm, including cash registers and some original shelving.
  • Roddy broke down the painstaking renovation and why they’re finally ready to sell to a lucky buyer.

Rod Roddy and his partner Lisa Cinnater refurbish old homes in Louisiana.

In 2016, the couple started their own renovation company called Deja Vu Properties. Together, they’ve transformed over 20 homes, one school bus, and one 1957 Yellowstone camper.

When they were approached with the opportunity to buy the old OJ Mire General Store in 2018, they were in the process of renovating another home owned by the Mire family. After taking a tour of the store, the couple purchased it for $55,000. But instead of just renovating the building and selling it like they usually would, they decided to live in it.

Roddy and Cinnater spent just over a year turning that old general store, which had sat vacant for nearly 40 years, into a proper home.

The home sits in the town of Thibodaux, Louisiana, which is just 50 miles from both Baton Rouge and New Orleans, cities that are growing considerably. 

Insider caught up with Roddy to find out what it took to renovate an 80-year-old building as well as why they’ve put on the market for $599,900 and are ready to move on. Keep reading for a look at the building’s transformation.

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Rod Roddy is a pianist in a band called Louisiana’s LeRoux. He also owns his own roofing company, Alvin Ballard Roofing.IMG_5410 (1).JPG

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He and his fiancée, Lisa Cinnater, share a passion for renovating old homes. They even run a renovation company called Deja Vu Properties. “We like taking old properties and keeping them from getting destroyed,” Roddy told Business Insider.unnamed

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They stumbled upon the opportunity to buy the old OJ Mire General Store while renovating another home that was also owned by the Mire family. At that point, the store had been sitting empty for about 40 years.IMG_1903.JPG

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“I’d always heard about the store, but I’d never been in it. I was told it had a lot of nice wood and stuff,” Roddy said. “We bought it because we figured we’d do something with it, and one night my fiancée came to bed and said, ‘Let’s make it our house.'”IMG 3760

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In October 2018, the couple bought the store for $55,000. One of the distinguishing features of the house, as shown in the renovation photo below, is that it has three front doors. In its day, the general store could be accessed through the middle door, while the rooms on the sides were used as a pay room and a barroom, respectively.IMG_0929 (1)

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The store is located in Thibodaux, Louisiana, a town of just over 14,400 people. It sits 50 miles away from both Baton Rouge and New Orleans. The old general store lies along the Bayou Lafourche, a 106-mile-long waterway that runs through southeastern Louisiana and flows into the Gulf of Mexico.outdoors LA

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Prior to closing its doors in the late 1980s, it had functioned as a general store for around 60 years. (The cellar was briefly turned into a bar in the early ’90s but closed down in 2000.)IMG_1858.JPG

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When Roddy and Cinnater bought the building, there were still remnants of the general store left inside.IMG_1913.JPG

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Among the items they found were old scales and boxes of handwritten journals filled with past transactions.IMG_4995

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There were even old registers left behind.IMG_0572

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And, the wooden shelves that had previously been used to display the store’s items were still hanging on the walls.IMG_0006The attic.

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During the renovation process, Roddy and Cinnater tried to repurpose as much of the original store as they could.IMG_0809

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To that effect, all of the window trimmings on the home’s interior are made from those old wooden shelves.IMG_0639

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The couple also wrapped an original display case with two antique doors to make an island for their new kitchen.door

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And all the walls in the house — besides the ones the couple put in place to create the bedrooms, bathrooms, and the laundry room — still boast original wood. Roddy said a local sawmill owner appraised the wood at over $1 million dollars.walls

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When Roddy and Cinnater bought the building, the ceilings and floors were covered in tiles, but they removed them to showcase the original wood underneath.finih 4

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After a year of working to bring their dream home to life, the space was finally move-in ready in September 2019 — but there was still some planning to do. With such an unusual set-up, one of the biggest challenges the couple faced was figuring out where everything was going to go.Front LA 2

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The home’s middle doors open up into this music room.music 2

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Another one of the front doors opens up into an office space, while the final front door opens up into a storage room.office LA

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The music room leads into the home’s main living area. Upon opening the glass door, two staircases immediately come into view: the staircase that leads down to the cellar and the staircase that leads up to the reading room.IMG 6663

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The sprawling living area is an open-floor concept with the kitchen flowing right into the living room. The store’s original wood flooring is on clear display throughout the renovated home.Living room LA

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In fact, bits of the store’s history are visible throughout the entire house. The countertops in the kitchen are made from old bar countertops that had been left in the cellar.kitchen pt 4The kitchen.

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The home has two guest bedrooms, a master bedroom, and three full bathrooms.bedroom LA

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And up the staircase in the back of the living area is the reading room.upstairsThe landing area that leads to the reading room.

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So far, Roddy and Cinnater have spent around $350,000 on renovations.living 2 LA

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Roddy and Cinnater still live in the general store, but are ready to move on to their next chapter. They are currently downsizing after buying a smaller home in Thibodaux.IMG_6027.JPG

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The home is currently on the market for $599,900. Roddy envisions the next owner living in the back of the home while renting out the front as an event venue or even an Airbnb.A screenshot of the listing on Zillow for the general store, which is on the market for $599,900.The Zillow listing for the general store as of January 16.

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