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Old March 8th, 2015, 09:14 AM   #1
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WTF!?

I cant stop. so we bought our place in August, and its a solid house, but needed some updating (built in the 60's) and all the little stuff like power outlets and light fixtures and trim etc. was driving me crazy. we had a hearth right in the middle of the living area with a brick chimney running up through it. thought that would be great. WRONG.

right when we moved in the well pump went out and trans on my truck so I had to take a pause from doing stuff.

BUT, I started doing stuff. built a new hearth and installed a new chimney (3 weekends ago). moved the wood stove. ripped carpet out. I have wood looking laminate click together stuff sitting in the dining room. we are going to paint soon. all new trim.

we didnt realize there was NO light fixture in the living room. it was daylight everytime we looked at it. So I now have rewired half of the house and installed new switches and dimmers and chandeliers etc. all the power outlets had the top outlet on three way switches and one of the switches was bad (so they didnt work). re did all that so the outlets work like outlets should. ceiling fans in all rooms. (rewired runs). the house had a new panel and runs from the panel, but they were to lazy to replace the old cloth/paper wrapped wiring to the fixtures. so most of that is now done.

I am actually having a ball doing.

YOU KNOW THE PROBLEM!?













MONEY!!! every week we are spending a few hundred bucks or more (chimney and hearth was more). so much I want to do at one time, and have it all done exactly the way we want it. BUT. money goes quicker and easier than it comes...

I love home ownership....


if anyone has the hook up on concrete in my area that would be sweet! need a few concrete pads done in the near future (maybe, if I dont blow that money before it happens)

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We did our living end of the house 4 years ago. Our house was built in the 90 and is a solid house. We took out a wall and replaced with an island, had to patch dry wall on ceiling so just recoated all the ceilings. Floors, cabinets, tops, refaced the fire place, new tv's, switches, electrical, can lighting an all. We dropped over $45,000 into and never regretted doing it. Right now all of our debt is paid except we still owe on our house. Picture before the Travitine backsplash.

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I bought a project house 2 years ago this month and I haven't even got to spend a night in it yet. I'm real damn close tho. So basicly I've been very broke for these 2 years. Can't wait to move in around June this year so I can finally finally finish my jeep and get it back on the trail
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. . . MONEY. . .
Incentive plan checks will be distributed this month.
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Old March 8th, 2015, 01:23 PM   #5
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Incentive plan checks will be distributed this month.
yup! bonus check drops this month.

cant wait for it...

although that check is NOT going into the house. I will post pics of the living room once we get the old brick chimney out and get the paint completed and floor installed.
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Old March 8th, 2015, 01:26 PM   #6
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We did our living end of the house 4 years ago. Our house was built in the 90 and is a solid house. We took out a wall and replaced with an island, had to patch dry wall on ceiling so just recoated all the ceilings. Floors, cabinets, tops, refaced the fire place, new tv's, switches, electrical, can lighting an all. We dropped over $45,000 into and never regretted doing it. Right now all of our debt is paid except we still owe on our house. Picture before the Travitine backsplash.

man. that looks sharp.

good job. I am looking to knock the wall down between our dinning room and kitchen as well, and put in a new island. how did you do the island? buy? build? never done one. not sure how to do that the way we want.

I have very little debt (like could pay it off with what I have in my bank account), but last time I did that my credit dropped. so just enough to keep some credit going. BUT, I do owe on my house. I am on the 10 year plan/goal... Although the more stuff we do the less we put towards the 10 year plan and may go to the 15 year plan. lol.

oh well... Im kind of over it.
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I feel your pain. We bought a house built in 97, but looked like 85 on the inside. New floors, lights, doors full kitchen remodel(including removing the soffits above the cupboards), counter tops, blah blah blah. I am at about 40k above the purchase of the house, but love it. This is where we plan to stay, so we felt like putting in what we wanted. As soon as the weather breaks, the outside stuff begins. I have a large deck to repair and paint, and a bunch of landscaping to get done.
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Man, I envy you guys that can get into this.

To me, a house is just a 'place for my stuff'.

I never got bit by the remodel bug.
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Old March 8th, 2015, 02:56 PM   #9
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Man, I envy you guys that can get into this.

To me, a house is just a 'place for my stuff'.

I never got bit by the remodel bug.
Why remodel the banks house for them anyway?
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Old March 8th, 2015, 03:54 PM   #10
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I feel your pain. We bought a house built in 97, but looked like 85 on the inside. New floors, lights, doors full kitchen remodel(including removing the soffits above the cupboards), counter tops, blah blah blah. I am at about 40k above the purchase of the house, but love it. This is where we plan to stay, so we felt like putting in what we wanted. As soon as the weather breaks, the outside stuff begins. I have a large deck to repair and paint, and a bunch of landscaping to get done.
yup. thats why I am trying to get the inside stuff done now.

outside stuff starts in a few weekends. I have a descent size deck on the back that I am planning to cover this spring... before the mowing starts. I think I am mowing about 4-5 acres... so that keeps me descently busy. and my wife has a garden that is about 25x40' that she is looking forward to planting a bunch of different stuff in on top of what is already there. plus my barn needs a heated work shop in it etc.
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We bought our house in 93. Since then, we have remodeled every room in the house, replumbed everything but the kitchen, all new mechanicals which have been relocated to a new basement, replaced all the windows, siding, roof, added a sunroom, dug a partial basement, tore down and rebuilt the garage, tore out the driveway and put in a new one, new seawall and 100% of the landscaping has been redone. We have taken attic space and turned it into living space and added a 3 season sunroom. The kitchen was the first project and all I did was some wiring and a new ceiling. We will probably completely gut the kitchen within another 2-3 years.

We fit that perfect example of "we should have tore it down and started over". However, money didn't allow us to do that so it's bee a work in progress.
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man. that looks sharp.

good job. I am looking to knock the wall down between our dinning room and kitchen as well, and put in a new island. how did you do the island? buy? build? never done one. not sure how to do that the way we want.

I have very little debt (like could pay it off with what I have in my bank account), but last time I did that my credit dropped. so just enough to keep some credit going. BUT, I do owe on my house. I am on the 10 year plan/goal... Although the more stuff we do the less we put towards the 10 year plan and may go to the 15 year plan. lol.

oh well... Im kind of over it.

I measured how much space I would have towork with figuring walkways and such. Then I picked out cabinet configuration that would fit based on standard sizes. Then I build a 2x4 studded wall at 42" height for the raised bar. Glued and screwed the studded wall together and than down to the floor. My hardwood goes right underneath. Had that in first. Fit the cabinets inside and sheeted the outside of the wall with 3/8" plywood. Then did tongue and groove bead board on top of the plywood to finish it off. Painted the bead board to match cabinets before installing it. Installed decorative wood brackets to help support the Quartz countertop. See pictures below.



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Why remodel the banks house for them anyway?
Some of us like to have nice things. I know my wife just loves to cook now and we eat at home a lot. We eat much better and the food she makes is awesome. Our kitchen is the center of our living area and a gather place. Friends come over and we hang out at the bar and eat good food.

Your statement assumes your not going to make your house payment and let the home go back to the bank. Some of us plan on staying in our current home for a long time and owe less than 1/2 its value. Plan to pay mine off.
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Why remodel the banks house for them anyway?
It's my house and I have the paper to prove it.


I absolutely love that this bothers you so much that you keep bringing it up.
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I measured how much space I would have towork with figuring walkways and such. Then I picked out cabinet configuration that would fit based on standard sizes. Then I build a 2x4 studded wall at 42" height for the raised bar. Glued and screwed the studded wall together and than down to the floor. My hardwood goes right underneath. Had that in first. Fit the cabinets inside and sheeted the outside of the wall with 3/8" plywood. Then did tongue and groove bead board on top of the plywood to finish it off. Painted the bead board to match cabinets before installing it. Installed decorative wood brackets to help support the Quartz countertop. See pictures below.



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Nice kitchen

Yes but it would look better with travertine backsplash.
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We did our living end of the house 4 years ago. Our house was built in the 90 and is a solid house. We took out a wall and replaced with an island, had to patch dry wall on ceiling so just recoated all the ceilings. Floors, cabinets, tops, refaced the fire place, new tv's, switches, electrical, can lighting an all. We dropped over $45,000 into and never regretted doing it. Right now all of our debt is paid except we still owe on our house. Picture before the Travitine backsplash.

That looks great! Like something you would see on HGTV
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Why remodel the banks house for them anyway?
take your negativity else where...

IF your house is "paid off" then you will just be re-modeling the governments house if you fail to pay the taxes on it. So it doesnt matter. you will always be paying someone. my taxes are 1/3rd of what my mortgage is. and taxes never stop coming.

"if your not in debt your not a true american?"
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Who are you quoting? Is it alexdummy?
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