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The condo was originally built in 1982, 2 stories,1800 sq ft., first level is below grade. We removed all carpeting, all other floor coverings and most of the pumbing, 2 stair sections, stair platform, everything in the bathrom and laundry room and cabinets and trim. The carpeting was wet from 3 cracks in the foundation plus a crack across the bathroom floor. These were repaired by an outside contractor. The owner wanted a wood floor which is tricky belwo grade so we put down a drycore sub floor , then the Shaw laminate. The stair sections and railings were all rebuilt and replaced with oak. Added computer network wiring and sound system wiring throghout condo. Replaced all doors and trim througout.
Wiring was upgraded throughout, added a secondary electrical box. Upgraded the wiring in the garage. Added a dryer vent system that had to span 25 ft to go outside. Added insulation and sub wall around the perimeter of the first level. Replaced all fixtures in bathroom. Replaced main floor kitchen vinyl floor.
I had to add to my mobile tool inventory. Purchased a Rigid 12" sliding miter saw and a Rigid portable 10" table saw. Great pieces of equipment heavily used for over 2 years. I have a shop at home that is completely equipped so we are also going to make several wall mount shelf units, 22 linear feet of shelving, 5 ft in height, total for the condo.
There is another 12 months of work ahead in order to completely finish what was started and thats only phase 1!!! I am also invilved in a major "problem house" upgrade and remodel. The house was built in 1997, purchased "as is" and was a mice infested mess!!! More on that later!
Are you working for or with someone - from the phrasing wondering.
Planning on using a retired (let his license lapse) plumber and electrician (both 76) for the dream remodel that I'm still waiting for the price to drop on.
I swear I'm getting crazier with age - have gone from enjoying a 2000 ft.sq. and a 1200 ft. sq and a 450 ft. sq. logging camp (multiple buildings) to actually wanting and hoping that I can buy the Queen Anne. Despite the freeze damage, plumbing, electrical, and despite the 3,000 gallons of oil consumption per year.
Are you getting the idea once you start doing this - it becomes a disease.
I walked through the door of the place, saw the oak and mahogany woodwork, and the tiled fireplaces and just kinda crumbled. The yeah, yeah, sure, sure opinion of buying a new/old house has been replaced by the sweats at desiring to buy an old piece of money pit II, my camp will always be my original money pit.
Now, I just need to figure out how to make a nice plaster for the patching I know I'll have to do on the walls after, cutting out sections for new wiring and plumbing. Something about 3750 ft. sq of living space says there's more walls than I even want to think of drywalling, same with ceilings.
Although, I have to admit when I sprayed foam insulation into my new england style farmhouse - I actually enjoyed most of it except, maybe the crawlspace and fitting through a hole in granite blocks made for someone other than a mature beefy boy.
I'm really hearing you on the "as-is" condition that's the joyous part of "my" ?? perhaps new house.
Have been crunching away on the numbers for the last 2 months, just don't want to pay what the estimates have been to make it liveable, I would like to retire eventually or at least while I still have remnants on my head.
Then I also have to solve the little problem with some mold courtesy of the eaves and knee walls leaking through the plaster for the last 2 years, multiple roofs, gables, etc. Molds not bad but, it is growing, in 4 sections (only about 50 ft. sq. in each section).
Did you do any sealing on the concrete slab of basement, and what brand ? on sub-floor still number crunching the basement below grade is granite and concrete with a large sewer grate at grade, saw no water damage in basement - but, it's an as-is purchase. So, I'm trying to cover my posterior in advance. Only guaranteed thing I loved in the basement was all the sills, and framing were oak - never thought that was on such p;entiful supply before I moved up to Maine my camp also has it sills on boathouse through outhouse of oak - humongous pieces 16x16 lapped joints and still rock solid.