Nearing The End-Finally
This is a discussion on Nearing The End-Finally within the Off Topic & Humor Discussion forums, part of the The Back Porch category; In June of LAST year I decided I wanted to paint our (then) Master Bedroom which looked like this:
The only problem was the current ...
July 31st, 2011 12:43 PM
July 31st, 2011 12:50 PM
Congratulations, and good luck!
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July 31st, 2011 12:52 PM
Nice work.. We are about to undergo a similar pain-in-the-rear as we add on some rooms to the back of our house.
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July 31st, 2011 12:53 PM
They would have to put me in one of the very long sleeve coats, you know the kind that buckle in the back. You should get some kind of Nobel Prize for surviving this. Between mold, water damage, and asbestos removal, that looks like a 60k project - ouch.
Good luck on getting it finished and being able to enjoy your labors.
Wow, just wow.
July 31st, 2011 01:02 PM
Been there and done that a couple of times. The house we have now is the only new house we have owned. All others have needed some tweaking. Good luck with your project. Looks like you have a plan.
July 31st, 2011 01:02 PM
Glad it is finally nearly over. I hate doing home repairs. They never seem to come out the way I wanted whether I do them myself or hire them out. Hope you have had better luck and the final result will be EXACTLY what you two needed and wanted.
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July 31st, 2011 01:18 PM
If it had been that much we would have said, "Forget it!"
Originally Posted by babarock
I won't lie and say it was cheap but worth it when you consider that our house was really only a two-bedroom and now it is a three. When we started the project we didn't know if we were going to try to have another baby or not but decided just in case it would be nice to have a third bedroom that we could use as an office should we decide not to have another baby.. then, in the middle of this project.... wouldn't you know it... I end up pregnant! And it turns out to be a girl or else I'd have been more than happy to have the siblings share a room.
JD says he greatly admires my patience and cheerful spirit throughout all of this and I, too, admire his. Both of us are suffering some pretty bad back and/or hip problems these last few months due to the horrendous sleeping arrangements and to make it worse we have a brand-new mattress and bed set waiting in a warehouse to be delivered. They call me weekly asking if they can deliver it and I keep telling her, "Trust me, lady, there's no one who wants to say, 'yes,' more than me." We are painting this week and then there should be no reason we can't have our bed delivered. We won't have any electricity in our bedroom yet but at least we'll be able to sleep there!
Little things, right? lol
I grew up in a "construction zone." My parents have remodeled their house or added here or there every couple of years since before I was born. I'm quite a bit more used to it than JD is but he's been so patient. God Bless Him!!
July 31st, 2011 01:19 PM
A lady after my own heart. Just like many of the projects I seem to get myself into. Just can't bring myself to start in the middle. Have to go back to the beginning every time. Glad your getting to the end. BTW if you did all that yourself I want to marry you. But betting your smarter than that LOL
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July 31st, 2011 01:28 PM
Oh no!! We did not do this ourselves.
Originally Posted by Maverickx50
While I've watched many such projects being done by my parents we simply didn't have the tools or time or experience to do it ourselves. Especially when you get into roof work and supporting walls, etc. YIKES!
Throughout the entire process my Dad has been saying, "Oh, well, that's not hard. We could have done that." Yeah, it's not hard if you've done it thirteen times and have three out-buildings full of the tools with which to do it, not to mention a dozen able-body family members within a five-mile radius willing to help at the beckoning of a phone call.
We have none of those things.
I must say I have felt very guilty watching other people work on my house. I felt even more guilty when they textured my hallway on Friday and I hated it. So yesterday I went up there with some sandpaper and sanded off all of their texture and am going to do my own today and say, "SURPRISE!" when they show up on Monday.
It feels really good to finally be getting involved instead of watching from the side-lines and directing people what to do.
Thankfully my contractors have been AWESOME! It's going to feel lonely without them trekking through my house all week. They've been here every weekday for three months.
July 31st, 2011 02:05 PM
Quite an adventure! I recognize the old house symptoms - boarded-off space, finding old window and door frames, and the tell-tale traces of plaster lath on the studs. I "enjoyed" (= endured) the same things at a couple of homes I've lived in, and it's fun to think about what the place looked like when it was first built. Mysteries revealed when the sheet rock and plaster get stripped off!
At least you're not ready to kill each other as a result of such a drawn-out project! Nice work.
JD is about ready to KILL to sleep in a real bed again (as am I).
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July 31st, 2011 03:41 PM
I did a lot of construction/destruction back in my younger days,I do not envy you,but back in those days we could buil a new 2 story 3 bedroom for around $70,000.I bought a newer 4 bedroom this time around,except the smallest bedroom was turned into my gun/reloading room.My dog can pick whichever bed she wants to sleep on,but at night she climbs up on my bed,nuttin like waking up to doggy breath in the morning
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July 31st, 2011 04:07 PM
We found a newspaper magazine ad from 1890 under the floor boards advertising dresses for $.10. THAT should give you some idea as to how old this house is.
Originally Posted by gasmitty
I've been considering adding a few things into the cracks of our house before it's completely sealed off as well should anyone else ever live here and renovate. I think it's pretty neat to do the time-capsule thing.
My dad hid a newspaper and a couple of Newsweek Magazines in their bathroom the first time they renovated it in 1984. They redid their bathroom just last year and found them and thought it was pretty cool to see exactly what was going on almost 30 years ago.
And nah... we are far too easy going to let this kind of stuff get to us..lol.
I do admit I snapped at him the other night while we were sanding walls but later apologized. I'm not too big or proud to admit when I've acted the fool.
July 31st, 2011 10:24 PM
Looks like your place has "really good bones" AKA nice solid structure.
They really over built them back then.
July 31st, 2011 11:17 PM
Wow, that's a lot of work...my back is starting to hurt just looking...
It will be worth all the work when you can sit back, sip a cup of coffee, and admire the finished product...good luck with your endeavors.
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July 31st, 2011 11:26 PM
Thanks, I am not looking forward to what all I need to do to my house (and it is only 10 years old). I KNOW I don't have the patience to be a nice guy and with 5 kids in the house that we homeschool in it would be too much. I might have to send my family to the beach for a few weeks when I get ready to do some real house work.
It looks like it will turn out great and you'll certainly appreciate your bed and love it more now, once you get in it that is.
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