my projects, my wife putting up with them

Blog entry by jackofalltradesmasterofnone posted 12-28-2008 05:41 PM 1007 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I would like to introduce myself. As my nickname has discribed I have done a lot to my houses. When I first became a home owner I could hardley do anything, then one day it all changed. I bought a house in west central MN. that was built in 1918. It was a nice house only problem was it had only 2 bedrooms and a 4×4 bathroom. To remedy the bedroom issue we found that the whole second level of the house was an open attick w/ 12 ft pitched roof. so you guessed it this area became a bedroom and family room. second problem the only stairs were in the first floor closet and were only 4 in steps, so open up the firstfloor cieling and cut in a new stair case. next was the bathroom gut it, add shower new tub, got ride of the 4 ft long tub, move the toilet and add a full vanity and sink. next for the rest of the house, the base boards and crown molding were all 11” oak as well as ALL of the window frames the 12’ fireplace mantel and built in book cabinets, did not touch them. we pulled up the carpet to find 2” wide red oak flooring, a hidden treasure. Finished the floors, built a 20 X 22 deck put in a sliding glass door and took off 4 layers of shingels and redid the roof. Then it was time to change jobs and move from “This old house”. what a shame.

Next house was newer 1982 3 bedroom 2 story. Move in condition. The house was missing a fireplace. Decided we needed a fireplace, so I built a 30’ X 22’ addition w/ full basement and 13 ft vaulted ceiling. Got my fire place, actually 2 of them. I put toung and groove knotty pine on the ceiling w/ the help of a GOOD friend, 25 hrs worth of work. I put in a green treated basement, not a bit of cement in the new basement, and 9’ X 5’ windows on both sides and in the addition went a formal dining room w/ cherry wood floor. The fire place was wood and ceramic tile, kind of a fancy fireplace. Next was the “man cave” I put in a wood and field slate fire place as well as a hand made fireplace mantel. The cave also has a built in book case and cabinet. outside I built 2 decks one is a 22’ X 24’ and the other is around our pool w/ a 14’ X 22’ angeled sun deck.

In May it became my wifes turn for a project so with our son’s graduation looming we repainted and refurbished the kitchen counter top from a mint green formica to a earth toned marble top. turned out preaty nice.

latest project was a bathroom remodel. standard size bathroom, next to it was a large closet 55” x 65”. after some demo and moving a wall 10” I now have a bathroom w/ free standing shower ,vanity, toilet and a 72”x 36” whirlpool tub.

Next project will start in Feb. with finishing the origanal basement. Then next spring start on building a front porch, eliminating a bay window and moving the front door.

last project will be a complet kitchen and living room remodel. All this said a bedroom remodel is how I found this wonderful site. I was looking for plans to build a new bed frame. So thanks for the site, and i’ll be speaking to you and putting up pic’s soon. Thanks Jack of all trades master of none!

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posted 12-28-2008 05:52 PM

Wow Jack you have really done quite a bit of renovating on your homes.Looking forward to seeing your pictures.

-- Dustygirl Hastings,Ont. Life is too short to sit around doing nothing

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posted 12-29-2008 05:02 AM

sounds like you stay quite busy ! pics are good ! looking forward to them

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posted 12-30-2008 02:58 AM

I guess we will call you Jack. Same here, looking pictures.
Thanks for the post.

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