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...
We are planning a total kitchen gut and remodel in the next couple of years but in the mean time we have just had enough of the old cabinets. We had some left over paint so we decided to freshen things up a bit by repainting the place. Everything is made of Douglas Fir, either lumber or plywood. The cabinet doors are just 1/2” Fir plywood! We’re sanding off the old finish then applying latex primer and a latex top coat. It’s nice that when sanding the Fir takes on a tex...
I’ve always heard that “it” always skips a generation. Things like having hair or not, or being smart or not. I’m beginning to believe it is true. My father’s idea of building/constructing/working involved a pencil, paper, and a cigar. True, he purchased tools, but I can count on one hand the times he actually used them. My grandfather, on the other hand, was apparently a bit better. He worked as a foreman in a shop (picture turn-of-the-century at this point),...
I am honestly not keeping track of how many change orders have taken place, because most of them originated from me opening my big mouth and suggesting a different approach. Just when I thought it was safe to move on to another segment of the job, changes in design take place. Who cares – right? Finishing the drywall went well. I recently picked up a Porter-Cable 7800 Drywall sander and vacuum and couldn’t wait to use it. Although this is a small job, I brought it along just so...
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...
The house sustained minor damage from wind and water during the hurricanes of the last few years. The outside is now sufficiently repaired. We are finally getting to the task of remodeling the inside. We have been living on the first floor of our house for what seems like years while we remodel the upstairs. It suffered the worst. The plan is to do the reverse when the upstairs is finished. Between work and unexpected projects (neccessities) the remodel is coming slow. We either have the m...
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