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Old September 14th, 2011, 12:19 PM   #1
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I don't post here much, mostly look at build threads and the classifieds but have been reading some in the pub lately so I thought I would start a thread for advice/comments as I go.

Probably will be slow progress as I have a lot of other projects going on and will be as money and time allow on my college budget. This was my grandpas house and where my dad grew up. When my grandpa bought this house the whole house was full of grain. You couldn't even open a door, it went through a upstairs window. When he died I put his money back into the house and had the outside resided, all new Anderson windows and a new roof. Rented it out for few years after that and finally the renter moved out, well was behind on rent and left the place trashed. Pics are how he left it and not much was updated inside from when my grandpa had it. First Ill be putting new carpeting down and hopefully removing the paneling and dry-walling. Also redoing the bath is high on the list.

07-18-2010


The right hand side of the house in the next pic where it slopes down and you see the two offset windows is where there use to be a one car garage.












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Old September 14th, 2011, 12:21 PM   #2
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Well been working on it after work when I can. Been working on the living room and what my grandparents used as a bedroom though it doesn't have a closet. May try to put one in under the stairs that go upstairs as the wall is right behind the bedroom. Progress as of a hour or so ago.

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Bedroom before this morning


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Both ceilings had a cardboard like tile that was glued to the old drywall which came down pretty easy and made it a lot easier to pull the drywall down.


The upstairs floor which looks like 1x3 or such, though it was pretty cool.


The old paneling


It was easier to just use the wrecking bar and pull the old drywall ceiling down. Ill take the nails out of the floor joist later as it will be much easier now. But I've been taking out all the nails out of the drywall on the walls with a "crows foot" or some name like that tool as it goes pretty fast and I can just take the walls down in sheets.
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Doesn't look like a bad house with some landscaping and updating inside.

Got any pictures of when it was full of grain?
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Tonight's progress. All the drywall is down. The walls came down in sheets as I took out all the nails which made it easy. Just took them down and cut them into 3 pieces so it was easier to carry. The wall between the living room and bedroom had paneling on both sides with wall paper over the paneling so I wasn't able to remove the nails. So I just busted the wall out. That's whats all over the floor.





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Doesn't look like a bad house with some landscaping and updating inside.

Got any pictures of when it was full of grain?
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I don't, I wish I did though as my grandpa always talked about how full it was.
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Got the living room and bedroom cleaned up. In the bathroom there is a door with a stairway that leads to the basement that I am going to get rid of. The bedroom is on the other side of the stairs so I am removing the stairs to the basement and going to build a closet where they are. I figure even if it only can have a 36-40" some door due to the stairs going to the upstairs its still better then having no closet at all in the bedroom. But more then likely the inside opening will be larger as I can go under the upstairs stairs a little more. Hopefully the closet will be started this week as I got the wood earlier this week. Here is a little MS Paint drawing I did real quick so you can kind of see what I mean.



And how it sits now.



Looking into the bathroom from the dining room. The door on the right leads to the basement.


Stairs before.


Stairs now.
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Looking from the bedroom.



From the bathroom.



From the basement.


And redid my quick MS paint drawing to get an idea of how the house sits.
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08-14-2010

Got the wall between the bathroom and closet framed in. I had to build 2 separate walls since the wall is so thick there from when the addition was put on. I will insulate the walls to help keep noise down from the bathroom.

Looking from the dining room.


Looking from the bedroom where I also got the closet doorway roughed in.


I also had to add another sheet of wood to the floor to bring it up level with the existing floor.
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You are very lucky that someone else got rid of the lathe and plaster. As much as I love old homes, I will not own another one unless that shit is already gone.

I think if you put some shutters on the outside for color it would improve the outside looks. It looks like your doing what I did... every room except the kitchen to start with

I had a tiny bathroom, I got off pretty cheap there.
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Got some demo done this morning.





I am not sure what the do with the cabinets between the vanity and toilet. They kind of make the room closed in I think. But if I remove them there is going to be a square box that runs floor to ceiling still on the wall. As inside is a vent pipe coming up from the basement.



I have thought of taking the cabinets out and extending that box to the right and left the width of the cabinet that's in there now. It won't just look like a square box coming out of the wall but mabe a vent or somethings behind it. Then hanging shelves off it that are open to open up the space.

Here's the barn I redid when I redid the house. The left "lean-to" wasn't closed in. There was no garage door on that side and the walls on that side where just wood that had wide slats in them. It was used as a "corn crib." Also the right "lean-to" wasn't even there. The barn use to end on the right side of the small service door. I added the right "lean-to" to make the barn more symmetrical.



And how it sits in relation to the house.



The small building between the garage and barn is a well house. There use to be a barn that is bigger then the other one there that was the horse barn. But it was getting old and wasn't worth redoing so I just tore it down. Also in the middle of the circle driveway is the pine tree which will hopefully be coming out this fall or next spring as I have a huge flag pole that I will be putting in there.
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Got a little done yesterday.




And how it sits right now.




Found this when I removed the vanity mirror from when they had renovated the bathroom. Thought it was pretty cool. "Listen to Priscilla unless Al is home." My grandma was Priscilla and my grandpa Al.


The hole in the floor is what they used as a laundry chute. The door on the vanity opened and you threw your clothes into a basket in the basement. Also that huge pipe floor to ceiling is a vent that I am going to try to put in the wall if I can. If I can't ill have to build something around it. And the pipe coming out of it is for the sink. I am going to cap it on the tall pipe and just run it straight down from the sink and make a turn in the basement to put it back into the big pipe.
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Got all the drywall off except behind the toilet.



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Not a whole lot of progress. Between harvesting and school I didn't have much time. Now I am plowing so that takes up a lot of time. School ends next week so I have a few weeks off, hope to get some things accomplished. Been thinking about what to do with the bathroom. Drew up this plan real fast. It will only work if I am able to put the huge vent pipe in the wall and if there's enough room, we will see. But I really like it, takes away the wall right when you walk in on your left next to the tub and opens up the space a lot I think. Think I need to stick with a tub/shower combo as its the only bath in the house and I think a house should have at least one.



Here is a pic of how I would love it to turn out pretty much and the layout. Think the tile sides add a lot more then just a solid tub surround even if it would be a little more work to upkeep. And have the bigger tiles so there is less grout then having a lot of small ones.



Would you do shelves like these?


Or an indent like this in the center (probably a little more down for people in the tub) or the indent on the opposite side of the shower head/faucet.
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08-07-2011

Been a long time since I've updated this. Just got back to working on it this weekend due to a very busy summer. Hopefully in the next few weeks I can get back on it and get some things accomplished.

Garage with two of the toys that I haven't even drove all summer (though I may sell the s10, not sure yet)


Half of the floor underlay up. Couldn't pull it off in big pieces as it was nailed like every two inches and then the glue from the linoleum was covering the top of the wood so I couldn't pull the nails out.



All broke up.


Cleaned up.




What looks to be the old siding or such when the put an addition on at some point.


And what I found when I took the ceiling down, don't think your supposed to see light, lol. Time to get a new seal.


Probably will just take the ceiling 2x4's down as they are just sitting on top of the walls so I can just put in new ones.


And some of the junk from the bathroom.

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09-13-2011

Well getting the joists straight right now, but no pics.

But been working at my parents. Putting in a flag pole at there house.

22 bags at 80lbs a piece






Hauled a bunch of rocks to their house from our "rock farm" so we can build rocks walls on the sides of their walkout.




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And that's where I am right now. Hopefully I can get going on it before winter.
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You are very lucky that someone else got rid of the lathe and plaster. As much as I love old homes, I will not own another one unless that shit is already gone.

I think if you put some shutters on the outside for color it would improve the outside looks. It looks like your doing what I did... every room except the kitchen to start with

I had a tiny bathroom, I got off pretty cheap there.
Yeah my dad got rid of it a long time ago. I have always debated shutters. I think they would look really nice on the tall long windows, just not sure on the smaller windows.

The demo area just kept getting bigger, lol. I wanted to do the kitchen but held back till I got the rest of it finished.

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lol, its full of all my old grandpas tractors and stuff. Next summer I hope to clean it up and put in some lifts in it. We have a lot of barns, just none with a lift.
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I don't know how close you are to a Menards, but when I did my bathroom Menards bathtubs were $109 for a nice fiberglass one with a molded in headrest and armrests. HD and Lowes only had enameled steel pieces of shit for that price.

It was worth the extra drive.
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Damn, that's a lot of work.


This made me LOL though:
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