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#1 toomanytoys84 OFFLINE  

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Posted September 19, 2013 - 09:08 AM

Seems like a lot of people here share their projects non-GT related.  Seems like everyone enjoys a good project log.

 

I recently, 4 months ago, sold a project house/home that I had spent the last 5 years remodeling.  I finished the entire house, only to end up divorced(kept the house in the process free and clear, owing her nothing) and I didn't want to live there after the divorce.  I put it up for sale, moved in with my Dad and then bought another house that is in the town I grew up in very close to my parents(less than a 1/10 of a mile).

 

Story on the house, and the purchase.

 

The house was owned by a 94 year old man.  His parents built the house in 1923.  He lived basically his whole life in this house.  He passed away and his 3 children no longer live in the area.  We live in a very small town(population around 50 to 75 people)  Basically its is an old coal mining town that was boom in the 20s-50s.  Had a movie theater, appliance store, feed mill, saw mill, and a few stores.  But over time the mines moved out of the area, the stores dried up, but many people stayed.  My grandmother told me many stories about the hay day of the area and how much there actually want in the town. 

 

On a saturday morning I was at the gas station talking to all the old guys in town that I've known since I was a toddler.  In walks the daughter of the man who owned the house.  She was complaining about having to fly here from California to clean out the house, and her worthless brothers couldn't be bothered to fly in to help.  I volunteered my services.  I told her, lets go up to the house, you sort through the personal effects that you would like to keep, I will clean out the house, but I get to keep what you don't want.  She readily agreed.  As we were up there and she was going through items packing them in boxes I asked her what she was going to do with the house, as houses in this area are generally willed to family members and rarely go up for sale.  The last house sold in town was my grandfathers several years ago.  She stated she was going to sell it but didn't want to mess with it as she had no time to deal with it.  This got my mind going, I asked a few questions, came with a few acres, 3 bed rooms, 2 bath, roof is 3 years old, septic system is 5, roof less than 2 years old, has a wood furance and oil furnace.  I wasn't real interested but was to a degree. 

 

The next day I made some phone calls to a local business who that buys up old furniture and sells it in their store.  I told them a list of what I had, the guy was there in an hour, gave me 2,500 dollars for all the furniture.  3 bed room suits, 1 living room set, tables, chairs, lamps, hope chests, plus he purchased all the kitchen appliances, washer/dryer, and a few odds and ends.  He had a crew of guys there that afternoon and the carried everything out of the house.  I sold the Craftsman tractor for 500 dollars.  I took all clothes, and other stuff to good will, and a couple trips to the dump I was about 3,000 to the good for 2 days worth of work.  As I was spending time in the house I fell in love with the place.  She had flown home over the weekend, and I decided to call her up and see about purchasing the house.  She said if you can give me 40,000 for the house its yours.  I told her its a deal.  I went to the bank with my newly acquired 3,000 dollars, got a loan for 37,000 and was the proud owner 3 weeks later.  Bank appraised the house at 90,000. 

The house is sold as a rock.  The large problems you can have with a home have been taken care of already.  The inside though, well it looks like a time capsule from 1960.  Terrible carpets, terrible colors, and pretty rough in general.  The old man also fanicied himself a carpenter and cabinet builder.  The entire kitchen was made up of hand built cabinets, made out of reclaimed doors, and junk wood.  Basically looks terrible.

 

My remodel project has started.  The master bedroom is a good size.  But, when he got older, there was a bathroom built in a closet.  Terrible job, all the pipes were leaking, and it looked terrible.  They had also built a new closet along one wall.  Everything was built from 2x2s.  It was very rickety. 

 

I started out, tear out the bathroom, tear out closets, and build 1 walk in closet and 1 48" closet along the wall.  As you can never have enough space.

 

Here are some pictures of the progress.  I am further along than my pictures show.

 

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Edited by toomanytoys84, September 19, 2013 - 09:11 AM.

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Posted September 19, 2013 - 09:10 AM

If this gets a good response I will keep it updated as I move through my projects. 

The ceiling is now textured(primed and painted), the walls are primed, new doors installed, and the room is ready for paint which I am tackling tonight. 

 

Next room is the laundry room, demo to start this weekend!  The guy built closets, but everything is built to non-standard size doors and shapes.  The closets in the laundry room are 21.5" opens.  Bifold doors don't come in that size unless you custom order them.  He elected to build his own.  Which are not that bad really, but time has not been gental to them.  2 closets are coming out!  21.5" closet and right beside it set back 4" is a 23" closet.  Going to tear out both of those closets and make one 36" x77-3/4" opening closet.  Laundry room, well it wasn't always a laundry room, pipes are ran up through the floor and cable jammed down through the floor for the washer and dryer hook ups.  That is coming out and putting in those nice counter sunk hook ups down through the wall and a nice plug and disconnect for the dryer. 

 

 

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Posted September 19, 2013 - 09:27 AM

This reminds me of living at home!  My father used to by a fixer upper house and then once we got it all fixed up he would sell it.  He would show us how to do something and then guess who got to do it from then on...?  :D   But those skill have paid off all my life.

 

I think this is going to be a cool thread to follow so I would like to see you update it.  


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Posted September 19, 2013 - 09:33 AM

Outside shots of the house.  My trusty Ford Ranger and a Lowes Cub that was given to me and I repaired and sold for a 400 dollar profit!

 

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Growing up, my grandfather was a retired Union Carpenter.  He taught me so much.  My Dad learned from my grandfather as well, and between the two of us there isn't much we can't do or figure out how to do.  Might take us longer, but we can do it eventually.   We remodeled my Dad's house completely, and my grandfather would make us come help him on side projects. 


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Posted September 19, 2013 - 09:34 AM

Good work.

I will be undergoing some major renovations at my moms house to prep for us to move in next year. I sooo dread it.


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Posted September 19, 2013 - 09:38 AM

Looks like you got a bargain!  Keep the updates coming.


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Posted September 19, 2013 - 09:43 AM

If your willing to post i will follow.. I may not say much or anything some times but i will read it .. I love these kinds of threads..


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Posted September 19, 2013 - 09:45 AM

That's a great looking home.. 


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Posted September 19, 2013 - 10:09 AM

Thanks for posting. That is a house with good proportions and curb appeal. It definitely has great potential.  You can't even buy a piece of land here for that amount.


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Posted September 19, 2013 - 10:26 AM

Story with a good ending. Interesting & will follow maybe a few pointers along the way. If you build another closet if you can't walk into it put the largest door you can use to keep from digging into the sides for something. Solid bypass doors work great if you don't have kids or the space outside the closet. Where is the mining town you spoke of ? Keep us updated. :thumbs:


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Posted September 19, 2013 - 11:19 AM

http://en.wikipedia..../Lafferty,_Ohio

 

There is the wiki site for Lafferty, Ohio.  Not much information to be had there.  My grandparents have been gone for many years now.  I know growing up there was a ton of strip mining going on around us.  Some of the big old drag lines and such. 

 

I am planning on using a 36" Bifold door, but I may go with a 36" regular door(with an auto closing arm on it! because people won't shut doors) like I did with the walk in closet.  Honestly, the closet in the laudry room/mud room will be for coats, and shoes.  I am constantly arguing with everyone to put their darn shoes away when they come in the house, so I'm thinking about a built in shoe rack as well.  I was also considering building a bench with storage in it.  But they may be above my skill level.  I have a weird goal for this house, and that is no natural wood.  My last house I did as much natural wood as possible.  All the wood work was 8" tall stained solid oak, doors, ect.  This house I am cheaping out, but at the same time I want a more painted finished look to it.

 

 

 

I am pretty bored at work today.  Very quiet day at coal mine. 

 

Generic layout I am considering.....Trying to maximize storage space. 

 

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I didn't label the cabinets, but planning on a 36" Double Door sink base, with sink and faucet, possibly skipping sink and just a 3' counter top, and a 36" double door cabinet above that, on the left side.  A place for her to come home and put her purse instead of on the darn kitchen table!

 

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Posted September 19, 2013 - 12:00 PM

I wish I had a place like this to have chronicled our remodel. After 20 years It needs done again so, I hope to start on the outside next year.

Looking forward to seeing your updates.
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Posted September 19, 2013 - 01:07 PM

I agree, keep us updated. Looks like a nice area. Roger.


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Posted September 20, 2013 - 06:46 AM

Here is a little of the almost finished product, got a little painting last night. 

 

I decided to split firewood before I went in to paint, and after I split for about an hour I was soaked, so I took a shower, and after showering I didn't feel much like painting, but I forced myself to do some painting and taping last night.  Going to finish the first coat tonight and hit the second coat Saturday.

 

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Posted September 20, 2013 - 07:52 AM

Here are some pictures of the laundry room. Don't you love the wallpaper? I love the 70s style tile on the ceiling.  My Dad's house was full of this stuff as well.  We don't remove it, just hang new drywall right over top using long drywall screws to get into the orginal studding.

 

 

I do not understand why he has built those closets the way he did.

 

One is set out.  They are odd sizes, and most of all they are built out of 2x2s with underlayment for wall board.  Honestly with a thick coat of paint it doesn't look bad, but if I kicked them from them inside hard enough it would knock the whole wall out.

 

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