Congrats Karl can't wait to see the final cabs you install
Congrats Karl can't wait to see the final cabs you install
Congrats on the new house. Looking forward to seeing what all you do with it.
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Congratulations !!! Can't wait to look and learn as you get into the project
Asking a stupid question is better than repairing a stupid mistake.
mazeltov on the new purchase.
If you want to practice first, I got a kitchen needs redoing.
Congrats on the house. I did a kitchen a few month ago out of poplar that where staned cherry and they looked like the picture you posted. The house sold quick. Hopefully yours will to.
I hope you document the progress with plenty of pictures. I have a feeling the transformation is going to be something to behold.
Its been a slow road, and tragically not nearly as much as I'd like to have done, is done. Most an issue of funds. Stupid money always in the way.
The exterior. I'm not doing much outside. The siding isn't that attractive, but its in decent shape, the roof is nearly new. I'm tentatively planning on throwing about a 10'x20' deck on the back. The front porch needed to be opened up and I removed a short pickup load of rotten material out of that. I can't believe it didn't collapse.
Here you get an idea of how rotten the front porch is. It was originally built with some pitch to it, so I don't think it was originally covered. We could only get it level in one direction. The rest I'm going to have to take out by furring up the joists to get the decking level.
A dog says: "RUFF!!!"
A yes, the mellon heads who winterized the place. Thanks guys, also thanks for making me replace the bulk of the supply lines and a toilet with a broken trap.....
A couple pictures of the front porch opened up. Greek tragedy here. Actually verything worked out really well. The outside joist was a basically completely rotten 2x6 with another half rotten 2x6 sistered on. Replaced it with a doubled up green treat 2x10, and jacked the whole mess back to level and set it on a 8x8 green treat post (instead of a 4x4). The front door is sitting almost evenly in the jamb, the siding is sitting level again and the decking for the porch is level in one direction. I say one direction because it was built with some pitch to it, and other than a complete demo could not be pulled back completely level. The joists will get furred up accordingly to get the decking so it sits flat
I like the piled up concrete chunks. I can't talk I guess. When the kitchen floor was opened up I briefly considered filling up the crawl space with all the plaster & lathe from the kitchen ceiling. Didn't feel like re-insulating so the ceiling stayed, and the crawl space is just a minor disaster.
First project was the kitchen floor. There was a weird bubble that I was sure was going to be a footing that was heaving up, or something absolutely horrible. The kitchen floor rock-n-rolled all over the place Turns out the bubble was just an mdf underlayment that had gotten moist and bubbled. There was peel N' stick linoleum tiles, linoleum, 3/8 MDF underlayment, linoleum, wood flooring (I think Fir), and the planking. Ugh.... took 1700lbs of floor out of the kitchen. Could not believe it.
The super sweet box cabinets [sarcasm] that were in the kitchen before
Floor opened up. Took the opportunity to pull three new circuits to get it up to code, and to properly plumb the kitchen sink. It had 1/4" soft copper lines before. God......
and the new plywood down. After getting the six layers that were there before ripped out, and fixing a few not so happy joists, the floor is pretty dang straight, and close enough level. I was expecting a nightmare, and happily welcome a troublesome dream in its place. Put down two layers of 3/4" CDX, PL400'd it to the joists and screwed it about every eight inches, next layer got screwed down on a rough grid of about the same dimensions. 13' x 13' kitchen, dumped nine big tubes of PL400 into it. It won't squeak, and its actually pretty darn solid.
The bathroom. It has one thing going for it. Its huge. That's about it. The floor is horrid. Tough to tell with a six foot level and a quick look, but its gotta be in the neighborhood of 2" outta level from the highest point to the lowest. The answer is I'm going to replace four wood posts in the basement with steel screw jacks and try and bring it up an inch, and then finish off the rest with gyp-crete. Also need to cut some stuff out where the stool sits, its spongy. HOORAY!!! Did I mention I lived in the house for about two weeks with out a toilet? It was awesome. [also sarcasm]
I have actually made one full on improvement. So far I've started a boat load of things and haven't finished because something else needs to be done. I replaced the back door. Just the door. After replacing just the door, I think I should've replaced the whole works. The other jamb is pretty rough, and I had to sink some 5" GRK screws through the hinges to get the thing to feel semi solid again. Only paid $150 for the door though, and I think its pretty sweet. Not steel, but it is fibreglass.
Couldn't get a good angle from the inside.
Also finally purchased the wood floor for the kitchen. The cabinets are going to be dark, the windows will be crowded by box work, and I figured a light color would be best so I went with a natural birch, 3-1/4" wide, and pre-finished. Got it for about $4.50 a sq/ft, which I didn't think was too bad. Its a bit wild for my taste, but people seem to like that. They use euphemisms such as "rustic" and say it has "character". I say I'm too cheap to pay for the good stuff.
"Do, or do not. There is no try."
I dont think the siding is that ugly........oh wait....I got the same siding on my house.
Im letting the next owner do the siding.