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

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  1. Nov 5, 2008 #1

    buenrostrox

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    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:

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    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.
     
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    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

    pics!


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



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    Roofers roofin:

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    Dad making door holes:

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

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

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    These people liked nailing stuff everywhere:

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    Upstairs bedroom has potential:

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    I have a LOT of work to look forward to

    and the Home Depots in my hood will be seeing a lot of me.
     
  5. Nov 5, 2008 #5

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    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.
    Glenn
     
  6. Nov 6, 2008 #6

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    :) 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
     
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    Installed new backdoor and storm door:

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

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

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    Mess on the main floor:


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    Upstairs bedroom in progress (and my dad napping)


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    Walls? Lol, not for long:


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    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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    Framing of the bedroom extension begins:

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    The wall was load bearing, so we built this giant brace:


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    That's about it, we'll finish building that room this weekend, do some wiring, and hopefully hang some drywall.
     
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    We finished framing last night, did some electrical, and insulated the whole was that was naked, as usual here are the progress pics:



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    Looks like you're having big fun :)
    The pics are GREAT!
    Thanks a ton for sharing. I'm sure we'll be referring folks to these pics for examples for quite a while.
     
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    Looks good, can't wait to see some more progress pics.
     
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    Been a while since I updated, I forgot the camera last weekend, so I didn't have much to post.


    At this point, all the drywall on the main floor has been hung, it's all been taped, sanded, and the ceilings re-textured. There are just some details to double check under good lighitng before we slap the primer on the walls.


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    Inside the bedroom looking out:

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    From the other end of the living room:

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