A bit of background… We (my wife and I) purchased our first house together in march of 2015 knowing that we would not move in until June. I talked her into a fixer based on the fact that myself and a buddy worked our way through college working for our landlord fixing up his old rentals and also flipping houses for him. So we swooped in and got a fixer out from underneath a local flipper because he was trying to nickel and dime the seller. What made this a good purchase is that the e...
I posted this blog on LumberJocks about seven months ago. I had to edit it to restore photos (I have changed my photo host) so while I was at it, I thought I would post it here for my first HomeReburbers blog. The first major problem (project) started when I walked out the front door of my house one day and my foot went right through the slate porch. It shocked me more than anything because I thought the slate was bedded with a solid concrete pad. We have lived here for 25 years. I have al...
Many people assume that using an agent is necessary to sell one’s home, especially in the current housing market. However, this is not the case. Selling your own home without an agent can be more complicated, but it is possible if you follow certain steps. Why Sell Without an Agent? While an agent handles a great deal of the home selling footwork for you, there is one good reason to sell without one: finances. An estate agent will charge a fee, usually a percentage of the home...
The mere mention of problems related to the basement or foundation of a structure often results in immediate stress and headaches for any homeowner. This fact remains true because people do not often understand what is causing the problems or what will be involved in fixing the situation while preventing further complications in the future. With this knowledge and the right repair company in mind, homeowners can approach any dilemma with confidence, knowing that they have the power to reg...
Lancaster County, PA homeowners are often curious the best way to keep their new deck or porch looking beautiful for the long term. Different types of decking material need different types of techniques to be cleaned properly. First things first, inspect your deck before cleaning it. If something looks amiss structurally, call a contractor to take a look! Here are some tips for cleaning a Wood, Composite or Cedar/Redwood deck: Using that Power Sprayer – A power sprayer is a huge time sa...
I and my friend (master blacksmith) made chisels and a slick for my upcoming Timber Framing project. He made the steel parts. I made handles and leather tip guards. In my opinion chisels and the slick came out very high quality. So the idea was born – to make my own Timber Framing hand tool workshop were we could manufacture high quality fully hand made tools. Maybe there are anyone who can give me some advice or some dealer/manager or craftsmen who are interested to take apart in my...
My first adventure in refurbishing was in 1974. I added a 17×27 addition to my ranch style home in Northfield Village, Ohio. I built it myself with the help of friends and a few issues of Time Do It Yourself magazines. These were very popular at the time and extremely helpful. The addition had a cathedral ceiling, main room 17×19, exposed beam, an 8×13 laundry room, in ceiling stereo speakers, and recessed lighting. One wall 17ft was an all split brick fireplace. Mason Bill Swa...
A window replacement project can reduce your home’s energy costs, improve indoor climate & comfort for your family, and enhance your home’s overall appearance. It can even qualify you for Tax Credits up to $1500! But window replacement projects should not be entered into lightly. The choices made must be lived with for several years, so make sure to consider all factors. Here are some things to keep in mind when choosing your replacement windows. Appearance – Even minor changes i...
Thanks to NAHB.org for the info! As summer approaches, many home owners grow eager to start remodeling projects to update and refresh their surroundings. Before getting started, it’s a good idea to hire a professional remodeler for a workable plan and better results. Here are five tips for planning a successful home remodel that you can enjoy for many years to come. 1. Compile a list of home remodeling ideas and draft a budget for the work. You likely have some projects in mind, ...
Hello all. It has been quite a while since I last posted anything here. I am a woodworker at heart, a paper mill worker for money and a home remodeler by necessity. Our home in Florida was built in 1932, and although it is finally paid for, systems are breaking down. It seems whenever we get some money saved for a project we want to do, the house tells us what it needs. We had no sooner laid out $4000 for a new central AC unit (a priority here in July) when a lightning storm knocked out the...
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