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Zachary 05-31-2014 02:02 PM

My first home renovation thread
Coming up on 2 years ago my fiance and I purchased a foreclosed Ray Ellison tract house in San Antonio. The house needed a lot of work, it had been worked on by some people who should be banned from using tools of any sort and had things like extension cords as wiring and plywood in doorways. I've slowly been working on it since we moved in, doing it little by little...much of what I use comes from the Habitat ReStores around town
I'll post before & afters in the replies since there's a cap on how many pics I can have in a post

Front, new windows are in the plans, as is a new roof and an addition where the carport used to be (more on that later)


Living Room


Zachary 05-31-2014 02:04 PM

I also refinished my front door, I love wood doors, absolutely despise any other type

Dining Room:


Zachary 05-31-2014 02:08 PM

Kitchen, I've tweaked the layout to include a dishwasher, this includes removing the wall next to the fridge....plans for the future


Bathroom, I had to rebuild the wall behind the sink and toilet because it had termite damage, I'm also replacing the tub with a regular one and tiles


Zachary 05-31-2014 02:13 PM

Back add-on, it's 2 rooms built onto an old patio...the floor slopes because it was an old patio but these 2 rooms are basically just used for storage anyway. Biggest thing I did was take out the massive sliding glass door


The washer & Dryer will be relocated to the future addition when it's built

Zachary 05-31-2014 02:17 PM

All the bedrooms were basically the same, so I'll put just one "Before" and the 3 "Afters"

Zachary 05-31-2014 02:21 PM

The addition will be on the side of the house where the carport used to be and will feature a new master bedroom with french doors facing the front, pantry/laundry, and walk in closet

oldognewtrick 05-31-2014 02:48 PM

Good to see you are making progress Zack. Looks like you been busy.

Zachary 05-31-2014 04:11 PM

Thanks! First time my parents, and my GF for that matter, saw the house they couldn't believe I wanted to live there, but I saw what it could be, not what it was. First thing I did was rip out the wood paneling in the kitchen and dining room, as well as fix the central a/c of course!

slownsteady 05-31-2014 07:35 PM

Bet your parents are on-board now. Good work. You probably have built up a lot of knowledge & experience to share!

Zachary 06-01-2014 07:54 AM

Unfortunately my Mom passed away about 6 months after we bought the house, that's why there's so much stuff in it, I had to clean out their house, which was close to 3,000 sq ft because my Dad wanted to sell it

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