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A New Start #24: Bedrooms and Upstairs 08-05-2011

05-08-2011 06:10 PM by Tikka | 3 comments »

Not too much achieved this weekend The framing of the the first two walls is complete. The framing of the chimney wall looks asymmetrical, that because it is. the pitch on the roof on one side is steeper than the other, hence the central beam is not central to the room. still when it is insulated and the plaster board goes on, it will look symmetrical (I hope), especially when those curved parts of the wall are covered. This is the bedroom wall now demolished and framed. U...

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Your Decking Material Options: Pros and Cons

05-04-2011 08:00 PM by Mike Blank, CGR CAPS | 2 comments »

We have been building wood, composite and solid PVC decks and screened porches here in Lancaster County, PA since 1999. With over 12 years experience I can tell you the decision most families struggle with is what kind of decking material to choose for their new deck? If initial cost were the only concern, the answer would always be simple: wood. Unfortunately, we must consider many important factors. Along with initial cost, the appearance you are looking for and long-term maintenance tim...

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Our new old apartment #1: The beginning

10-01-2010 11:18 PM by mbulla | 10 comments »

Me and my girlfried bought new apartment last year – our first one. First when I saw it, I wanted to leave it right away because everything in there was old, dirty and bad. Then I realized that there are many ways how to refurbish it and make it look like we want, but it will be loot of work to do it. The apartment has 4 rooms – Kitchen, Living room, 2 Bedrooms and 4 small balconies/loggias. Here are some photos of the apartment at the time when we bought it: Very old...

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Tips for Successful Home Improvements

07-06-2010 10:34 PM by Mike Blank, CGR CAPS | 1 comment »

It’s getting HOT in Lancaster, PA, and many homeowners are eager to update and improve their homes through remodeling projects like decks, sunrooms and finished basements (for those 100+ degrees like today!). Before you begin your home improvement project, here are a few smart ideas for planning a success that will bring you joy for many years to come. 1. Write down a list of the remodeling ideas you have for your home. Include everything you think needs to be done and everything you wi...

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Finishing Basement #1: The build out project so far

03-22-2010 06:18 PM by Paul | 2 comments »

Since I joined up on the LumberJocks side of the site, I wanted to take a few minutes and post a progress on my basement build out here. First off a quick info about myself. My daytime job is in IT for a small family owned business. I support their infrastructure (servers, workstations, laptops, printers, cabling, etc.). Pretty much everything I get my hands on. I am a jack of all trades and master of none :). Doing wood working and any DIY stuff around the house allows me to blow o...

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Complete House Remodel.... #7: Windows and siding and soffit brackets.... Oh my.......

02-21-2010 06:07 AM by Todd Thomas | 12 comments »

Ok I guess you all figured it out…I got a new, iMac, computer this past week so I’m getting all caught up on my postings….Well we got the siding on…We are trying to style this house after a old craftsman bungalow…...we put hardie plank siding and hardie shakes on the gables and around the front door. we went with a old time looking window trim and Slim had me make some simple soffit brackets, I thought she just wanted them in the gables, but I was wrong :-) P...

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Complete House Remodel.... #5: A funny thing happened on the way to putting a new french door in....

02-21-2010 05:14 AM by Todd Thomas | 3 comments »

Ok so I’m working on getting a new french door built, I got 2 free wood 1 light doors that I was going to make a new french door out of going to the porch/covered deck on the back of the house. Reason being was the old door was a 4 ft door and we wanted a 6 foot door…anyway I decided to cut most of the wall out in that area and just rebuild it back…but when I cut the wall out it looked so good that I called Slim to come up to look at it and she had the idea of adding it as...

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Complete House Remodel.... #4: Raise the Roof...er Ceiling.........

09-16-2009 03:10 AM by Todd Thomas | 11 comments »

Sorry for the wait…...Not sure if I mentioned it before but my lovely wife has decided that she, we, want this one…she really likes the location… The before story on the ceilings….Slim, my name for my wife Cheryl, is up mowing the grass and has our dog, Rusty, with her and Rusty decides he is going to go out into the neighborhood and introduce himself to our new neighbors…by the time we figure out he is gone we can’t get him to come with a call so Slim goes...

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Complete House Remodel.... #2: And the walls come down

07-01-2009 03:45 AM by Todd Thomas | 3 comments »

After the clean up we put 2 heavy coats of Dry-Loc on all the basement walls, there were signs of water but I think most of that was due to not having any gutters on the house and the grade slants towards the house….. After that we took all the walls down and had one big 1650 sq ft room up stairs with a matching 1650 room downstairs….the old houses here in Oak Ridge do not have any bearing walls, so you can move them anywhere you want and the great thing is that the hardwood fl...

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Complete House Remodel.... #1: The beginning.....

06-29-2009 01:13 PM by Todd Thomas | 6 comments »

For the last 8 months I have been remodeling/building a home for us to live in, the old ”this is our last house” deal….I bought this house to fix up and flip BUT on the way to filling almost 3 dumpsters with trash and debris my wife said that this house felt like home and she loved the yard and location, our lot backs up to a green belt area, woods and it is at the 2nd highest elevation in town and we can see the mountains in the winters. I am by no means an expert/mast...

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