I am a member of quite a few forums but this is my first home repair and building site. I’m fairly active in some snow plowing, bicycle and home theater forums and have been lurking here a couple days, and this seems like a friendly bunch of very helpful folks here and I’m very happy to be allowed to join and participate and where I can best and ask advice when I can’t.
I’m not totally green to house repair. I grew up in a time when everyone’s father was building his own house in the suburbs and most of us lived in the basement as the top floors progressed, helping dad with the build.When I got my first house in 1978 it was a 120 year old farm house that had very minimal updates and I tackled that doing a complete period correct restoration adding modern amenities.
About 10 years ago my nephew and I built a two story house for him from the ground up on a shoe string of a budget.
I work as a tool and die and machine designer, having access to some really nice CAD software and have been using that to play around planning my latest project. We are buying a property to live in that’s a 100 plus year old smallish “Victorian” for lack of a better classification that is up for short sale. It needs a total remodel to the inside and the outside is in pretty good shape being resided and roofed and some of the windows etc within the last few years. The price is so good we plan on doing inside whatever we want and feel safe we won’t over build the surrounding property values. I’m hoping the forum will be a place we can record the project and also ask for advice and comments as we go. I have found doing that benefits the homeowner by keeping the interest going and it benefits the community to encourage others to take on a project. The last hurdle to a closing on the property is coming up this week. It’s amazing when a property is upside down how many people are owed money and have to forgive loans as there just isn’t the value to cover it all. If all goes well before March first we could be filling a dumpster or two. Oh I forgot to mention when people walk away from a house they mostly leave all their junk behind and take the good stuff.
I mentioned above I have an interest in Home Theater and mostly front projection big screen type of theaters. I built a 120 inch theater in my old house and have helped build several others and have plans for one in the new house. If anyone ever needs help with a front projection media room I might be able to help. Mine wasn’t anything fancy mostly a man cave but was fun to build and enjoy.