The New House...

Blog series by ryno101 consisting of 8 parts so far

Part 1: We're moving!

10-11-2008 12:45 AM by ryno101 | 5 comments »

So, I mentioned I’d be starting a bunch of new projects soon… Well, I heard today that our mortgage is going through! Yes, even despite the current “Credit Crisis” it looks like we’ve gotten ours through, which was the last hurdle. The new house is on 1/3 of an acre, it’s about 1500 Sq. Feet. Here’s the front: It needs a TON of work. the last two owners both lost the house to foreclosure, (you’d think that the first bank that had to for...

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Part 2: Closing is scheduled...

10-15-2008 10:40 PM by ryno101 | 1 comment »

Got word today from our mortgage broker, and in the interest of getting this done ASAP, we’ve moved up the closing date to Friday! This is great, not only because I can’t wait to be the proud owner of a new place, but also because it almost doubles the window of time I have to be able to complete all that needs to be done. I’ll be getting in as soon as this weekend to start working. First steps will probably be trash removal and some small demo work. I’ll hope ...

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Part 3: Progress... I hate wallpaper!

10-27-2008 08:12 PM by ryno101 | 8 comments »

So, I’ve been working at this for two weekends and one week of after work time. I’m leaving to go to work at 6:30am, working until 6pm, then driving an hour to get to the new house, working until midnight or so, wash, rinse, repeat. First thing I did was pull the mom-mobile (our minivan, which I have co-opted for the duration of this project!) up to my workshop and load it all in. I’m one of those guys who needs to be organized, and I figure that my first step would be ...

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Part 4: Ripping out the kitchen

10-31-2008 03:57 PM by ryno101 | 5 comments »

I’m posting as I have a free 20 minutes to compile these, so my timeline is a bit scattered… I’m well into other stuff, but I’m trying to make sure I get the big stuff documented here, so I’m really like a week or so ahead in the project, this was last weekend’s adventure. My two biggest “projects” inside this giant project…. are the painting/wall prep and re-doing the kitchen. The kitchen was by far the nastiest room in the house...

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Part 5: A brief update...

11-10-2008 10:45 PM by ryno101 | 3 comments »

I’ve been lax in posting, but for good reason. I’ve been putting in 14-16 hour days, 7 days a week since I started this project on 10/18… I was able to take last week off from work, allowing me to get into a rhythm of work from 10am to 2am, sleep from 3am to 9am… Of course on the days where I did have to work at my real job, it was office from 8am to 6pm, house from 7pm to 1am. The biggest time chunk that I wish I had back was the hours upon hours of driving all ...

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Part 6: Kitchen Nightmares - No, not the Gordon Ramsay kind...

11-20-2008 06:33 PM by ryno101 | 4 comments »

Well, it’s official, we’ve moved. This past Friday was the move day, and despite last minute issues, (the contractor who was dealing with the upstairs bathroom decided that he didn’t want to show up to finish the job, the company who we got the vanity from gave us totally inaccurate rough plumbing specs which required a complete re-do of the plumbing, etc. etc. etc… all will be revealed in coming blogs!) we were living in the house. There’s still enough to do t...

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Part 7: Kitchen? Check.

12-29-2008 06:50 PM by ryno101 | 4 comments »

Ok, so now that the holidays have cooled down a bit, and I’ve got a bit of time to catch up on this, I figured I’d jump back in and document where we’re at… When we last saw our intrepid home refurber, the kitchen was getting prepped for cabinets and floors… let’s see how it went, shall we? After ripping up the rotten floors, of course the next step was to re-build them and get it all leveled: Once I had rebuilt the floor sections, the room...

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Part 8: Getting Floored... in the Kitchen!

01-07-2009 05:45 PM by ryno101 | 5 comments »

Now that I’m done with the major stuff, and recapping the entirety of the project, I have to say that the chronology of this blog is way off, for good reason. The kitchen cabinet install from my previous blog entry happened on the Wednesday before we moved in (Friday, Nov 14th… “A Day That Will Live in Infamy”). I’ve skipped ahead quite a bit to get to the “juicy bits”, and to avoid countless blogs like this: The New House #9 – Today I scra...

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