> dustin11 wrote:
>> Noid wrote:
> |>> dustin11 wrote:
>> |>> If we're counting projects then my Wife and I have paid somewhere close to
>> |>> cash over the last 3 years in remodeling our house.
> |>> Great googa-mooga, dustin11! You've paid more in cash on remodeling your house
> |>> my whole home mortgage!! What'd all you have done, son?!
>> Pretty much gutted the house and redid everything. We still have 2 bathrooms to
>> then I think we're done. A quick rundown the biggest items on the list were: "New
>> roof, new driveway and back patio ($18k for this alone), rewire the entire house,
>> re-plumb the house, re-drywall everything, refinish the original flooring (from
>> early 50's), new hardy board siding, all new doors and windows throughout, and
>> entirely brand new kitchen. I also took a week off from work to redo the fire
>> this next week.
> That's a mighty impressive rundown! Just out of curiosity, though, how much of this
> was more out of necessity (probably the roof if it was the original one from the
> 1950's) and how much was more of an aesthetic update (probably the kitchen if it
> was the original one from the 1950's)? I ask because my home was built in 1955 and
> it's built to last. With the exception of a replaced roof, added disposal in the
> kitchen sink, and a new coat of paint, there hasn't been much that this ol' house
> needed. I went ahead and tore up the linoleum in the living room and dining room
> and had hardwood floors installed and finished as well as the existing hardwood floors
> in the bedrooms refinished; but, that was more of a cosmetic decision than anything
> else. Past those aforementioned changes, all its bathrooms and kitchen are just as
> they were more than fifty years ago. It really is a thing of beauty.
In terms of needing to do to live in it?
-Electrical (old aluminum wiring that wasn't gauged correctly for the load of newer electronics).
-Plumbing (old galvanized pipes).
-Drywall (black mold was starting to develop in a lot of it)
-Driveway because someone planted a plumb tree too close to it and the roots completely broke it apart, and it wasn't sloped correctly when originally done so the rain water was running back to the house and was starting to eat away at the foundation.
-The siding needed to be redone as well because the original cedar siding was warping which created gaps that animals and bees could squeeze through and live in our walls.
There were other things like the kitchen was gross AF and the linoleum floor was coming apart and the linoleum counter tops had a bunch of water damage and was peeling really badly. The cabinets were really gross as well, so I kind of consider the kitchen as a necessity as well. Windows were also kind of necessity because most of them were either cracked or not put into code, plus they were single pane. The people who lived in the house prior to us were slobs and completely ruined the house. We bought it for a really really low price as my Wife's Mom inherited it from her Dad when he died, so I didn't even see the house before we bought it. I walked into it before we did any remodeling and I thought we had made a mistake because of the condition it was in. Luckily, it has "good bones", so theres not been anything that's unfixable......yet.