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Home Improvment thread

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by Sean266, Oct 1, 2016.

  1. Oct 1, 2016 at 11:07 AM
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    Sean266

    Sean266 [OP] #ThinBlueLine Staff Member

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    I don't think we have one of these. I'll start.
    Wife and I are currently finishing staining our cabinets. Restrooms are done and now we're finishing the kitchen.
    Each layer of finishing takes about 8 hours to dry.
    Wife has done a kick ass job with the painting and I've been doing everything else.

    Just purchased a new fridge. Next applicances to be replaced are the dishwasher and stove.

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  2. Oct 1, 2016 at 12:52 PM
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    My wife's favorite show is Fixer Upper and is constantly doing stuff to decorate the house. The garage is my domain and the house is hers.
     
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  3. Oct 1, 2016 at 1:45 PM
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    Funny. I have the garage too, and I let her make any interior decisions (colors, appliances, accessories, etc.) she picked out the cabinet and drawer handles and I did the install.
     
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  4. Oct 1, 2016 at 2:26 PM
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    Sounds like my marriage license. "The female party shall hertoforth have complete executive authority over any and all residential areas including: kitchen, bedrooms, living area, bathrooms and any additions said party deems applicable. The male party can have the garage"

    Only problem is......we don't have a garage.

    I think I got the shit end of that stick.

    Not to mention, I do all the installing, modifications and maintenance her majesty wants/needs.
     
  5. Oct 1, 2016 at 4:13 PM
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    Almost exactly a year ago I framed and finished the majority of the basement in our old house - we promptly sold it for a substantial profit (enough to buy my Tundra and put a bunch down on a new build house). I've done zero home improvement projects for about 7 months now, and I'm getting cabin fever. I enjoy refinishing old furniture and shade tree gunsmithing, can't do that stuff in a 1000 ft^ apartment.

    The 45 degree corner on this wall was fun figuring out. I also did all the electrical and built the window sill out of nice finish wood. My first time taking on all of these things together at the same time. All in all I think it turned out great.

    I don't have detailed pics for the process, but I also framed and finished the family room (became movie room) in our basement and did the drop ceiling with the canned lights. Drop ceiling was a MASSIVE PAIN IN THE ASS and I'll never do that again.

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  6. Oct 1, 2016 at 5:09 PM
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    Good thing I opted for the dbl cab 6 foot bed....hauling 12 foot long boards wouldn't have worked in a 5 foot bed.20150822_141426.jpg Shiplap going up.20150829_180641.jpg
    Our master bedroom accent wall done.20150920_093036.jpg
     
  7. Oct 1, 2016 at 5:41 PM
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    That looks amazing and is a great idea. I might have to see if I can screw something similar up when our house is done.
     
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  8. Oct 1, 2016 at 5:46 PM
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    Thanks. Even though I have some experience in the wood working department this project was relatively easy. I would have laid the boards a different way for ease of installation for the last row.
     
  9. Oct 2, 2016 at 7:43 AM
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    My wife and I just started our first floor remodel and landscape screening along the road for privacy. The house is a 1955 cape that my Grandparents built and we bought two weeks ago. Its your typical New England cape, tiny kitchen and no storage. I'm doing the majority of the work myself to save on labor. We are basically swapping our kitchen and dining room and removing the walls to give us a completely open floor plan for the 1st floor.

    Landscaping was done this weekend, We cleared an area of the lawn about 30' wide by 100' long and planted a mixture of 35 trees, shrubs and decorative grasses. Area just needs to be mulched. (fuck digging holes in New England, you can't dig more than 4 inches with out hitting a rock.)

    Since our lot is on a slope we have a drainage issue during spring runoff and end up with water in our basement. So in the spring we will be building a retaining wall on a footing and re-grading the up hill side of the yard to shed water to the wood line.

    The inside renovations consist of
    1) Gut entire first floor down to studs.
    2) New windows (adding a bay window in the living room and a garden window over the sink)
    3) replace load bearing walls with LVL beams
    4) install new red oak hardwood floors where linoleum is, sand and refinish whole house.
    5) replace all old electrical circuits. (just upgraded panel to 200 amp service from glass fuses, but new wiring with a ground needs to be run from the panel out.)
    6) install recessed lighting and incorporate Wink home automation system to control all lighting, security and other capable devices.
    7) move plumbing for kitchen to other side of house.
    8) install new insulation
    9) hang new drywall for entire first floor
    10) install new baseboard heaters and replace old copper with PEX
    11) install 120lb propane tank for stove and grill.
    12) install new cabinets and appliances.
    13) install trim and crown molding
    14) paint interior
    15) Paint exterior (probably wont happen until spring.)

    Hoping to be done by Thanksgiving but realistically we will probably run into Christmas.

    Total Reno budget $60k (if I contracted the work out this would easily be well over $100k)

    Here's the Before pictures. They are a little dark but you can get the idea.

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    Yes my pitbull has claimed the leather chair as his dog bed.

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  10. Oct 2, 2016 at 11:00 AM
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    joonbug mmmm.....bacon...

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    :eek: You want to do all that by yourself in 2 months????
     
  11. Oct 2, 2016 at 11:09 AM
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    contractor is doing the structural work and flooring is being done by another company, cabinet maker installs the cabinets and countertops.

    I'm doing demo, electrical, plumbing, windows, trim and finish.
     
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