Complete House Remodel.... #3: Up and Down....

Blog entry by Todd Thomas posted 07-03-2009 02:16 AM 12808 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well one of the first things we needed to do was decide where we wanted the stairwell, now this house had a full walkout basement put on it years ago and the laundry area was in the basement,,,,they walked around the house to get in and than later on they cut a hole in the floor with a ladder….........now you wouldn’t think a stairwell would take up so much room…......we designed the stairs to go about 2/3rds the way and have a landing and cut back the rest of the way down.

Old stairwell…


That’s our friend Ron working on the stairwell…....





So after we got that done we snapped lines on the floor and moved them around until we came up with were we wanted the walls to go back and started putting them up….



-- Todd- Oak Ridge, TN

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posted 07-06-2009 07:41 AM

The idea of a landing is excellent. One kitchen renovation in Calgary required a spiral stairway that led to the rooftop where the family loves to hold dinner parties. This one did not need a landing.

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posted 07-12-2009 12:04 AM

Hey Todd, you’re doing a great job….looks like you are having fun. I’ve been building for 25 years and it never gets old to me. If you need any help or advice, feel free to ask. I’m on Lumberjocks daily so you could pm me. The pic where you’re cutting the floor reminds me of the cartoons where they’re standing on the part they’re cutting out….. it’s kinda funny to me.


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posted 07-12-2009 01:45 PM

now that you mention it, it does look kinda funny…....I really appreciate the advice offer and my take you up on it. I’ve only been doing this for a few years, got started late in life and love the challenge it provides, everyday!!

-- Todd- Oak Ridge, TN

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posted 07-21-2009 06:56 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 cash check and you want to hide the outlets and jacks behind the furniture.

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posted 08-15-2009 05:28 PM

Todd you is making great progress.


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posted 09-06-2009 12:11 AM

Don’t stop posting Todd. What progress on the house?

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posted 09-15-2009 12:19 PM

Sorry for the long space in posting new photos and updates on the house….I have been overwhelmed with work. I have 2 other houses under hammer along with this one, of course since this one is the one my wife wants to live in it takes a back seat to the others paying for it :-) I will put an update up soon…..

-- Todd- Oak Ridge, TN

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posted 09-15-2009 05:46 PM

Great progress. Do you have any more updates or did I miss them Todd the Tool man.

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