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Wednesday, April 1st, 2009
11:30 am
Happy April Fools' Day from This Old House

In the spirit of April Fools' Day, This Old House Online has put together 18 of the world's wildest houses! See them here!

Friday, March 21st, 2008
1:46 pm
I think I may have just discovered my calling in life:

This one of their houses is particularly inspiring. (No, from what I can tell the company didn't do the restoration, just finding and selling the property.)

Current Mood: inspired!
Saturday, June 30th, 2007
10:36 am
first-time buyer jitters
Hi, I joined because I'm considering a 203K loan. I've painted, installed carpet, replaced damaged ceiling drywall, spackled/patched large holes, and am not afraid of power tools. But I don't know enough about real rehabbing to feel confident with buying a really serious fixer upper house- I'm a first time buyer, mind you. I have been looking in the area I want to live, and I can either get a really tiny place that may only need minor cosmetic work or a new water heater... or I can afford "more house", but they tend to be older and needs say, a totally new bathroom because it has water damaged floors.
Anyone care to give this newbie some advice? My realestate agent said I should solicit the good, the bad, and the ugly from everyone I know who's done a rehab. I just don't know that many folks in real life who even own their own homes, let alone fixer-uppers.
This is not necessarily a DIY issue, either- the 203K loan is very specific about hiring licensed contractors to do the work when necessary. So stories about how you dealt with bidding, hiring, and dealing with contractors are welcome!
Monday, June 18th, 2007
2:50 pm
Let the destruction begin!
We bought a 1973 fixer-upper townhouse a couple months ago, and just this weekend got to the first bit of demolition. Yesterday J and I tore out the sinks, cabinetry, and carpet from our upstairs master bathroom. Yes, carpet. No, I don't know why it was there.
I can has sledgehammer?Collapse )
Next up, try to get the mirror off in one piece, and start tearing out drywall. Ick. See my flickr acct for more pics of the rest of the place.

Current Mood: accomplished
Wednesday, June 13th, 2007
5:11 pm
FSBO 101
Have any of you tried to sell your home By Owner or know someone who has? I would love to hear some feedback on this. Our house has been on the market since April 2nd and our contract with our Realtor expires on the 4th of July. What are your thoughts?
Please delete this post if it is inappropriate.
Friday, January 5th, 2007
12:06 pm
Hello! I joined this group in hopes of connecting with other folks who are interested in house renovations, old houses, house blogs, any of that stuff! I'm looking for more like-minded LJ friends, so if you read through it and find it interesting, please "friend" me and I'll do the same for you!
Friday, August 25th, 2006
12:03 pm
level no more (link)

see cottage renovations 15_the_circle for 25 August

Friday, August 18th, 2006
10:12 pm
Thursday, August 17th, 2006
8:04 pm
checkpoint (link)

see cottage renovations 15_the_circle for 17 August

Tuesday, August 8th, 2006
8:58 am
the picture of the picture / wide open spaces to the S (link)

see cottage renovations 15_the_circle for 8 August

(the point of a posting containing a link to the entry is to keep from cluttering up this community with lots of cottage renovations content -- but putting up a series of link entries might be having the same effect.  if anybody is bothered by this, please advise by comment or email.  thank you. )

Monday, August 7th, 2006
9:00 pm
Friday, August 4th, 2006
11:55 am
House Progress
A while back, I posted in here that my b/f and I bought a $4K fixxer upper house. We've been working on it for a while now....

Its long overdue, but we finally have our documentary slideshow of the current progress on the house.

Its far from done... but it had transformed from "very scary" to... "I think this could work!"

(Please comment on what you think, or let me know if you can't see the show.)


Current Mood: bouncy
Thursday, August 3rd, 2006
8:06 pm
redefenestration, rerefenestration

[crossposted from cottage renovations 15_the_circle]

today saw the removal of the old new window (redefenestration) and installation of the new old window (rerefenestration).  here's how the façade looked when I came home: 

(click through these thumbnails for higher resolution images)

  • the window assembly is in place and that old glass is perfect for the setting.  looks like it had been there all along. 
  • a few details aren't quite complete.  most noticeable is the lower sill piece, which will be fabricated and installed tomorrow.  also the curvilinear decorative element above the pediment still needs to happen. 
  • comparing the frame trim against the paint shadow one can see that this is close though not a fanatically precise match for dimension and proportion.  I have no problem with that. 
  • the glazing compound will need to set and dry for another week or so before the frame can be painted and the glass can be cleaned.  that's perfectly fine, there are plenty of other things to be done in the meantime. 
  • with the interior wall opened up to accommodate the new old window an excellent opportunity was provided to find out what's behind the wallboard up there.  it turned out to be: nothing.  just some framing and insulation.  I had been holding off on some decisions about the interior until this was known, in case there had been some old woodwork, or evidence of actual or incipient structural failure. 

here's the full frontal view: 

full frontal view

this is really coming along quite nicely. 

p.s.  today's public service heat wave antidote snowy iconpic shows the row of cottages across from McCathran Hall at 305, 303 and 301 1st Avenue.  the W façade is intended to reasonably match the surviving upper front window detail on the L and middle cottages as well as the 1905 archive photo that has served as a design document for this project. 
Monday, February 6th, 2006
2:02 pm
I'm going to have to keep this short. I'm all swollen up, and I have a couple of pinched nerves due to my over-exertion this weekend. Back is spasiming, fingers on both hands AND back of knees are swollen and numb (its bothersome to type, sit or stand.) When you live in pitts, you need to be a "stairmaster." My two herniated disks and bad knees are screaming at me in swahili for all of the up and down, to the dumpster and back --and shoveling sheet rock I did this weekend. (Yes, I was shoveling sheet this weekend!)

The house is starting to look AMAZING! (Well, the LACK of house is starting to look amazing anyway.) The back sunroom is demolished, The PILES of TRASH larger than the pookah are COMPLETELY GONE, all SIX rooms in the basement are completely cleaned out and swept, /xcept for a single large pile of crushed and demolished sheetrock which was over 6 feet high, but is now about 1/2 the size. We're sorting through that pile, throwing all actual garbage away, and we'll be using the sheet rock to fill in a sink hole on the side of the property and make the ground all gentle slope like. We took down completely TWO MORE WALLS on the upper floor, and gutted four more walls total. We found a room that will need a supporting wall up in the basement ASAP, because the main floor beams for the floor above it, are resting on NOTHING. Quick visual here--
Instead of this: l-------l
we have this: l----- l
So we'll need to do this: l----l-l
(So that's why the floor shakes a bit when we walk on it... huh!)

The dumpster is COMPLETELY full, and we got our $300 worth out of it. We bought a new toilet, so we can start one of the most important projects (a working crapper) and we're going to do one room at a time, completely gut from the inside first floor down to the basement, replace all rotting wood, and completely rebuild. If we do this, the house will last 80+ years. If we don't, the house will fall down in under five. Anyway, this is a blessing as well as a curse. This means that I can look at our blueprint plans, and decide whether we want to keep the existing plans within the current framework of the existing house, or build something completely different.

FUN! Horray, Yay and JOY!

(Xposted in housediaries)

Current Mood: artistic
Friday, October 28th, 2005
10:52 am
Hi all - new here and currently obsessed with my little garage apartment.

A little history:Collapse )
Tuesday, September 6th, 2005
10:21 pm
just found and joined this community ...

... have been blogging the current phase of the ongoing renovation project for a few months now.  check the archive view for the story so far -- an opportunity to learn from my mistakes. 

Wednesday, August 10th, 2005
11:28 pm
Not for the faint of heart....
Hello, I just found this community. I think its exactly what I'm looking for right now.

My b/f and I just purchased a 4K fixxer-upper.
(Well, its 51% fixxer upper, and 49% knocker-downer.)

What it looks like now...

And what we plan to do with it.

We've got some WORK to do!

And thus begins my home diary....
Friday, June 3rd, 2005
10:49 am
Hello I just joined. I have a question for you folks. We are redoing a guest bathroom. Currently we are trying to rip up the linoleum. It's prooving quite the task as someone has installed it well. We've tried heating it up but is still quite the challenge. Any tricks to getting the adhesive to let go with out tearing up the board underneath too much? We're hoping it's just glued better around the edges and less in the middle but we've only been able to pull up a small square in a corner. We are going to replace the linoleum with peel and stick. We were told not to put the new floor right on top of the other as the pattern from the bottom would seep to the top layer.

Friday, February 18th, 2005
11:17 am
Praise the lord, and pass the spackling compound...

Woo hoo!!! We finally have a closing date!!!!! It is Feb 25 at noon.  We're changing the locks, bringing the champagne, and having a big ol' party next weekend!!!!!!!!

(Cross-posted to LJ communities

starterhomehopebungalow_homes , and housediaries )

Current Mood: accomplished
Friday, January 21st, 2005
9:52 am
Welcome to my new house!

We are first-time homeowners who are buying a 1920 Colonial Revival foursquare.  Here are pictures, pre-closing:


(Cross posted to several other communities...)

Current Mood: optimistic
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