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Topic by boneyabba posted 10-27-2012 07:41 AM 3257 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-27-2012 07:41 AM

I’ve been thinking about a project planning post for a couple of weeks now- but was not sure where to put it. It did not really matter as I was not quite ready to officially BE planning anyway. Then I realized I could introduce myself, tee up the planning topic, and generally just get chatty.

My mom is buying a house. It is a fixer upper and I am “the guy” who gets to do it. This is actually good as I’ve got a lot of time on my hands and am a budding woodworker and love houses. I will probably refer to things in the first person for simplicity’s sake. I am very excited about all of this!

The house was built in 1950 and is on a massive lot in the middle of town. 25k square feet in a row of 5k lots. Sprawling ranch house 2800 foot, 3br, 2bath, 3 car garage, garage connected to the house by breezeway.

One of the first tasks will be to plan out the projects. Needs a roof, new flooring, some misc. fixes, plumbing issues, new HVAC, paint, new kitchen, new bathrooms, maybe a wall knocked out… And at some point mom will need to move in since she will be homeless after her house sells. And by homeless I mean living with me- eek!

What forum is the right place for me to talk about all the work that needs to be done and get advice on the order of operations?

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10-27-2012 12:44 PM


Welcome aboard! Sounds like an awesome project. Can’t wait to read about your progress. I’d open up a blog for your project. A blog can take you from planning to completion.

-- Working on my home for 2 years and counting.

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10-30-2012 04:42 PM

There’s little enough traffic on Home Refurbers right now that I think any place is a good place to ask questions.

So, a little basic project management, then. Seems to me like you’ve got some obvious orderings: You’re not going to change the roof-line, so the roof is independent of everything else. If it needs to be done, do it first.

Similarly, the flooring can be screwed up by every other interior operation. So do that last. Paint: Second to last. Of course these can also be per-room, based on other work needed, but be careful of needing to trek stuff over done floors: Even if you’re not doing any plumbing in the front hallway, don’t do that early.

You have a big ol’ question mark there: “maybe a wall knocked out”. Answer the conditionals first: Do you know if it’s a supporting wall? Do you need the advice of an engineer? Once you know whether or not it can be knocked out, is that what you really want?

I’d also start to nail down what you mean by “plumbing issues” and “new kitchen” and “new bathrooms”. Paint jobs? New floors? New cabinets? New plumbing fixtures? How much is working right now?

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/

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11-01-2012 06:02 AM

I spoke with a general contractor the other day and he was open to being used primarily as a consultant. I imagine we will organically find out where the line between advice and actual work lives.

I want to trade my time/energy everywhere I can for savings. However, I don’t want to screw things up. When it comes to permits- do you think I should let him coordinate that stuff or do it myself?

I don’t have any context…


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11-10-2012 05:20 AM

I’m already too busy for decorating my new house and Its really very interesting. I think for your new project you really going to have a great day with the all kinds of interesting things. Looking forward for your project get completed soon.

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