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post #4111 of 5749

We re-did our kitchen, all of the really bad windows, floors, paint and electric when we moved in but still a few things, yeah...

 

- Install Central Air so pregnant wife doesn't lose her shit come summertime (due in July)

- Paint & furnish nursery

- Resurface old tub

- Remove and re-pour rotten pier under pantry

- Insulate, new windows, frame new bathroom wall, plumb, electric, drywall, tile, paint & carpet attic master suite

- Patch foundation interior

- Gut remainder of "finished" basement to see what else previous owner covered up

- Re-finish basement

- Front porch: re-deck, install rail, install tongue & groove ceiling, light fixtures/fan?

- Siding

- Fireplace stone fascia

 

I've got to be forgetting a few things here

post #4112 of 5749
Was the house move in ready? That sounds like a ton of work!
post #4113 of 5749
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Tell us!

Furniture...
I got important stuff like the bed from Ethan Allen and less important stuff like night stands from PotBarn, Target, IKEA, etc. And don't forget about stuff that goes into the kitchen. Coffee machine? Knife set?

Part of the issue is that I've never shopped for rugs before and don't know what to look for. I'd like to stay with wool, but then you get into type of backing and machine made vs. hand tufted vs hand made, etc. Lots to learn, will need to buy a few large rugs, and would like to avoid making a pricey mistake(s).

I have serviceable bedroom and dining room sets, but will need to almost completely outfit a living room and family room. And will need patio furniture. All set with knives and kitchen appliances, though I would like a nice coffee maker.
post #4114 of 5749
Word of the day: Martindale.
post #4115 of 5749
I've got the walls cleaned up and patched after the disastrous wall paper removal. Now I have to hire an electrician to cut a hole in the ceiling and crawl up there to put in some more cans. Why did anyone think florescent tubes were a good idea for a living room? While a hole exists I should probably add some batt too. If it's like the rest of the house there ain't shit for insulation up there. Then I can finally paint.
post #4116 of 5749
Fluorescent lighting in the living room? Must get that changed.

I have many friends who have kids but still are renting, mostly cus they cannot save up enough cash to buy a house. To them my complaint about having to brush off rust from my front porch and etc seems like rubbing it in.

I do not enough want to think about rugs. I would not even know where to start and it sounds expensive.

Has anyone remodeled a shower booth themselves? I want to put nice tiles on the bottom and on the sides. Don't know why we have a huge tub with a jetqusi(?) but we use it to throw our laundry in their.
post #4117 of 5749
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Word of the day: Martindale.

 

Care to elaborate?

post #4118 of 5749
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Originally Posted by The Noodles View Post

If I can only own my own home, I would be so happy...

That was me back in 2013 and I do not know why but I bought a modest 2,000 sq ft townhome with 3 bedrooms and a garage (and lived by myself). The original owners kept it in really good condition so I enjoyed maintenance free house until... this year. The house was built in 1990. I have 4 major projects in mind and need to take care of the first one on thr list asap before little Noodles arrives in October.
1. Replace carpey with hardwood (rosewood).
2. Replace all windows.
3. Repaint all kitchen cabinets to white.
4. Replace/remodel the shower booth.

I am guessing the 1st one will cost about 5,000 USD.

Rosewood flooring?

I priced out bubinga rosewood just for giggles and it was something like $20sq ft. Which is fairly pricey for a floor and sort of poor use of precious material. I've seen worse ( a house timberframed in bubinga) but there are more sustainable materials a bit more appropriate for flooring.
post #4119 of 5749
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Rosewood flooring?

I priced out bubinga rosewood just for giggles and it was something like $20sq ft. Which is fairly pricey for a floor and sort of poor use of precious material. I've seen worse ( a house timberframed in bubinga) but there are more sustainable materials a bit more appropriate for flooring.

I am an idiot.

I am not sure which wood is usually used and which is preferred.

I called out rosewood because I am an acoustic guitar nut. 

The hardwood floors that I have seen are similar in color to that of rosewood on acoustic guitars.

But I know for sure that maple and bamboos are used in hardwood flooring.

post #4120 of 5749
Bubinga isn't really all that rare, is it? It's just expensive because they have to ship it from Africa. Unlike real rosewoods (it's not a real rosewood), it comes from big, straight trees, also. At least I assume so since you often see people selling huge bubinga slabs.
post #4121 of 5749
Anyone have marblw floors? No, seriously...
post #4122 of 5749
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Bubinga isn't really all that rare, is it? It's just expensive because they have to ship it from Africa. Unlike real rosewoods (it's not a real rosewood), it comes from big, straight trees, also. At least I assume so since you often see people selling huge bubinga slabs.

They tend to over harvest so it's becoming more rare, especially in large slabs which means they're burning through the oldest growth. True, it is not a real rosewood.

All things considered. A bit excessive for either flooring or timberframe.
post #4123 of 5749
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Originally Posted by Find Finn View Post

Word of the day: Martindale.

Care to elaborate?


Google is your friend.

Martindale is an abrasion test/standard used on fabric.
post #4124 of 5749
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Originally Posted by The Noodles View Post

Was the house move in ready? That sounds like a ton of work!

No it really wasn't. We worked on it for six months before we moved in. Underpriced place on a really nice street downtown, for sale by owner so we jumped on it . Everything I want to do from here out, other than the AC and that pier, is more aesthetic and personal choice than anything else.
post #4125 of 5749
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Anyone have marblw floors? No, seriously...


My inlaws have them in their condo.  They bitch more about them being in the kitchen that they do about the entry way marble.  The only marble in our house is the threshold between the bathrooms and the hardwood floors which looks nice.

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