The Home Renovation Thread

Installing a tile backsplash in the kitchen this weekend... wish me luck! Will post pics when we are done
Be careful with Mastic, if you're not careful it can drip onto outlet causing wall to Electrify... 1st hand experience 😞
 
Having built ins and a dry bar added to our home. The process starts tomorrow which means it will be complete by the time we arrive home. Pretty excited.
 
So we’ve been doing a thing
 

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Will have a large cooking area for offset and drum smokers, Weber kettle, pizza oven and flat top. Pondering gas’s grill but not high on it. Maybe a Memphis pellet. Not plumbed for water but have electricity for a fridge down the road if wanted. Need to find the right furniture now!
 
Will have a large cooking area for offset and drum smokers, Weber kettle, pizza oven and flat top. Pondering gas’s grill but not high on it. Maybe a Memphis pellet. Not plumbed for water but have electricity for a fridge down the road if wanted. Need to find the right furniture now!
That looks great! Nice to have a place for relaxing and watching sports.
 
Dredging this old thread up and looked through it a bit. I am closing on a house next week that needs plenty of work. It was an estate sale sold as-is. The gentleman who owned it passed away back in June at 81 and actually built the house himself in 1973 and lived there ever since. He was a carpenter by trade. Everything is solid. Issues are mainly cosmetic and outdated. Paneling on the walls, old fixtures etc. The guts of the house are good. I will use this thread to record progress and seek opinions as I will be very busy over the next months and years making it my own. First project will be to gut and renovate the bathroom before actually moving in. As you can see its a mess. Planning a new shower surround, double sink vanity, toilet, paint, fixtures, vent fan, vinyl plank flooring and paint. Pretty excited to get started.

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^^^ I like it! I'd love to renovate one more house in my lifetime but since our next move will be our last my wife wants us to buy move-in ready. We won't buy new so I'm not thinking move-in ready is possible LOL

Anyway, love this thread!
 
^^^ I like it! I'd love to renovate one more house in my lifetime but since our next move will be our last my wife wants us to buy move-in ready. We won't buy new so I'm not thinking move-in ready is possible LOL

Anyway, love this thread!
LOL, yeah I need projects to keep me busy. Turn-key is NOT for me haha
 
Dredging this old thread up and looked through it a bit. I am closing on a house next week that needs plenty of work. It was an estate sale sold as-is. The gentleman who owned it passed away back in June at 81 and actually built the house himself in 1973 and lived there ever since. He was a carpenter by trade. Everything is solid. Issues are mainly cosmetic and outdated. Paneling on the walls, old fixtures etc. The guts of the house are good. I will use this thread to record progress and seek opinions as I will be very busy over the next months and years making it my own. First project will be to gut and renovate the bathroom before actually moving in. As you can see its a mess. Planning a new shower surround, double sink vanity, toilet, paint, fixtures, vent fan, vinyl plank flooring and paint. Pretty excited to get started.

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The property and views look incredible. Bonus points for the rock retaining wall. As much blood sweat and tears you will shed here, this will be a wonderful thing!
 
The property and views look incredible. Bonus points for the rock retaining wall. As much blood sweat and tears you will shed here, this will be a wonderful thing!
Thanks man. The back of the house faces due east. Really looking forward to the sunrises and coffee on the back deck. :love:
 
Garage area looks like it is a bit bigger than a 2 car...sim possibilities?
 
Garage area looks like it is a bit bigger than a 2 car...sim possibilities?
Yeah trust me that was one of the first things I thought of. Ceiling height only 8-9. Not enough space 😫
 
Yeah trust me that was one of the first things I thought of. Ceiling height only 8-9. Not enough space 😫

crushed noo GIF
 
How am I just now seeing this thread! We are in the process of getting a renovation/addition done to the house we inherited. Builder locked down. Just need the bank stuff to finish up or get completed and we will be off. Soon, but man has this been a stressful process to get kicked off!
 
How am I just now seeing this thread! We are in the process of getting a renovation/addition done to the house we inherited. Builder locked down. Just need the bank stuff to finish up or get completed and we will be off. Soon, but man has this been a stressful process to get kicked off!
The waiting is excruciating for me. Good luck with your's
 
The waiting is excruciating for me. Good luck with your's
Thanks. I did some things in prep for the build which are potentially going to cause issues with the loan (securing it). Find out end of this week. Fingers crossed!
 
Let the FUN begin! Complete gut and remodel of the bathroom. I was really hoping to salvage most of the drywall but the old paneling that I was hoping was installed with just nails was in fact done with nails AND adhesive. So I decided to rip it all out. It will definitely make it easier for the electrical and plumbing upgrades I was planning.
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Building this house addition/remodel is going to be the death of me. I don't think I have had stress levels to the point I'm stressed right now due to this. Got the blueprints from the architect/designer yesterday and it was literally nothing we asked for. Like Nothing. Meaning he ignored everything we said did what he thought was better. I can see some of it to an extent because sometimes customers, clients don't think of things, but man, to just ignore them completely and then overshoot them by $25k based on the budget you tell them is a little bull. So now my builder has to call the designer/architect to get him back on what we want. The most aggravating part of it is the designer charges $100/hr. So he wasted however many hours doing something that was nothing of what we asked for. My patience is running out. Like yesterday. I literally did not sleep at all last night due to being stressed about this.
 
Time for electrical and plumbing rough
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Doing all yourself? If so reach out on electrical if you need to.
I am! And I will... Thanks man
Now is the time to also rip up that old linoleum floor if you are not keeping it. A roofing shovel works wonders to tear it up.
The linoleum has been down for decades. It's stuck down pretty good so I am going to leave it and install vinyl plank over the top of it. Thanks
 
It’s time to replace the roof.
I got a quote. The number is what the number is.
What else should I be aware of and looking for?
The company uses Owen’s Corning architectural materials. Good? Bad? Indifferent?
Any tips for picking a color? We have blue/grey siding. We are thinking dark.
 
It’s time to replace the roof.
I got a quote. The number is what the number is.
What else should I be aware of and looking for?
The company uses Owen’s Corning architectural materials. Good? Bad? Indifferent?
Any tips for picking a color? We have blue/grey siding. We are thinking dark.
I'd go dark and stay with more of a monotonous color (less/no variation) so the siding color is your focal point.

I have not heard bad things about Owens Corning. I would ask what the roofers plan to do for an underlayment (tar paper is fine) and if replacement of any plywood that is found to be bad is included with the cost. Ice and water shield at the eaves and not much else.
 
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