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

Blog entry by Todd Thomas posted 06-29-2009 01:13 PM 16391 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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/master craftsman or very good carpenter, at times….but I love doing this type of work…..so we have COMPLETELY gutted this house, all that is left of the original house are the 4 outside walls about 1/2 of the rafters, and the hardwood floors, about 3,700 sq ft.and have/are putting it back together….so if you are interested I will bore you with our adventure into this, at times overwelleming project…now remember I have to work during the day to pay for this now that I’m not going to be selling this one…...

We have decided to redo the house with a craftsman/mission/A&E kind of theme…... We do have lots of pictures if you like that plus I will try to give you some before and after pictures of some of the bigger projects as well…

Let me know if there is anything you would like to see/know about as well….or just tell me go away :-)...

here are some pictures from what the house was like when we first got it…..it was built in 1943…...

-- Todd- Oak Ridge, TN

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posted 07-13-2009 11:28 AM

House Construction and RemodelingYour home. It’s one of the largest and the most important investments in your life. That’s why the process of building, remodeling and maintaining your home is so important. Here’s a home remodeling organization tip: If you are being your own General Contractor, keep an expandable folder (“redwell”) with individual folders inside for each trade. For example, I have an expandable folder for each house that I’m working on, and inside are manila folders labeled “Plumbing”, “Electricity”, “Tile”, etc. Local building codes require a certain number of electrical outlets in a room. However, some electricians will slap the receptacles into the walls in an unattractive configuration when you consider where the phone and cable jacks are going. Tell your electrician exactly where you want the outlets and jacks to be (and how high you want them as well). This is especially true if you have an idea where you want your furniture to go personal loans and you want to hide the outlets and jacks behind the furniture.

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posted 08-15-2009 05:26 PM

Remodeling can be fun, I am a carpenter and cabinetmaking student at my local techincal college, so I done did my share of carpentry and cabinetmaking.


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posted 09-15-2009 05:49 PM

I remodel my house as well. I don’t run into that much trash. That is going to be a big house with a great view.

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posted 09-16-2009 01:26 AM

I usually buy them in this type of condition….no one else wants them :-) it looks like it is going to end being a little over 3700 sq ft…...bigger than what I thought before we made some changes/additions to the design

-- Todd- Oak Ridge, TN

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posted 02-21-2010 11:48 PM

Well, I want to see what you did. Where do I go to find it? I’ll keep looking. This is my dream. To buy a house nobody else wants, get it cheap and fix it up.

-- Janice

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posted 11-14-2017 12:38 PM

Beginning might be difficult to build a new home, although there can be any conundrum including money, labor. Money can be managed by applying payday loans near me online.

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