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buenrostrox 11-05-2008 01:20 AM

~ My first home, my first project. (not 56k friendly)
Hello all,

I'm a noobie to the forum just looking for a place to log my progress and get some feedback along the way.

I'm a 21 year old from Omaha, NE. I closed on my home in mid October, so I haven't had it for more than a month. The house I bought is actually the house I grew up in, parents sold it off about 3 years ago to move out where were are now (nicer neighborhood / nicer houses). Well, just like the current trend, the people who bought it didn't pay and faced foreclosure. I got it for less than half of what we sold it for and paid cash FTW.

The deadbeats (or victims depending on your views) trashed it, but it's mostly cosmetic and on the inside, so I'll be gutting it and fixing it up with the intention of eventually flipping it. Will probably end up moving into it for a while with some roommates.

It's a cute little thing , about 1100 sqft:

Yard will clean up pretty well, and I'm going to be tearing down some walls on the inside to re-organize the living space to make it roomie friendly.

buenrostrox 11-05-2008 01:23 AM

My first weekend with this house I took as a four day weekend to do some work (fri-mon), here are some pics showing how rough it is and some of the things we did.

To sum it up (that I can remember)

- I have a new roof
- we (my father and I) built a concrete canal type thing on the side of the house to prevent water from coming into the basement (had slight leakage issues)
- New front door
- scraped the **** out of some walls, did spackling, prepped for paint etc
- fixed some of the ghetto patches in the textured ceiling
- tore down some things that needed to be taken down


Piles of shingles and the best pos car I've ever owned:

Roofers roofin:

Dad making door holes:

buenrostrox 11-05-2008 01:23 AM

New door (put the same storm door back on and needs cleaned up yet):

Tearing down some paneling to find out what was behind it:

These people liked nailing stuff everywhere:

buenrostrox 11-05-2008 01:24 AM

Upstairs bedroom has potential:

I have a LOT of work to look forward to

and the Home Depots in my hood will be seeing a lot of me.

glennjanie 11-05-2008 09:23 AM

Welcome Pedro:
It looks like you have quite a project going there. Please keep us posted on the progress and we really appreciate the pictures.

inspectorD 11-05-2008 05:28 PM

:) Nice place for a first home.
Glad to see you have some help there too.
One suggestion I have is, if you can make your furnace or boiler a direct vent ,I would do it. That way you can get rid of that chimney.
Have fun, I remember my first one.:D

buenrostrox 11-06-2008 09:20 PM

Installed new backdoor and storm door:

Inside of the front door seen in the first batch of pics:

buenrostrox 11-06-2008 09:21 PM

Upstairs didn't have a vent, so we fixed that!

Mess on the main floor:

Upstairs bedroom in progress (and my dad napping)

buenrostrox 11-06-2008 09:25 PM

Walls? Lol, not for long:

buenrostrox 11-06-2008 09:26 PM

The longest wall was paneling that was painted over, and had about 4 different layers of wall. But no insulation. We'll be insulation and putting up drywall.

The wall the leads into the blue room is just getting moved and turned into a bigger bedroom.

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