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Old December 6th, 2015, 05:16 PM
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My wife and I bought our first house earlier this year and it seems she comes up with more projects for me to do than I can come up with on my own. I have always been one to learn new things and try to do everything myself. A lot of these tasks I've been able to get a general idea of how to online and effectively accomplish them myself. As I was finishing up the front porch today, I was curious what other home projects others have completed this year and if they do them themselves?

From April until now I've installed all new appliances, replaced ~2500 sq. ft. of tile (3/4 of the house), replaced 1 of 2 water heaters, refinished the garage, refinished a half bath, built a fire pit, built a clothes line, built a 498 sq. ft. deck, started a vegetable garden, painted the fireplace and built/hung a mantle, and built a handrail for the front porch. I had to pay someone to lay the tile as I didn't want to risk laying them crooked. Luckily, we got both A/C units replaced before closing on the house. In the Spring, I'm going to look into adding A/C to the garage and replacing the screen on the back porch with vinyl or glass windows.

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Old December 6th, 2015, 05:30 PM
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Old December 6th, 2015, 05:53 PM
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I am restoring my Tudor house. Same username here as on houzz if you want to see pictures.
I had to Google to find out what that site was. You've done some amazing things there with a ton of staining to boot. I remember being amazed watching episodes of "This Old House." I always thought restoration of older homes was an art and took a lot of patience.
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Old December 6th, 2015, 05:54 PM
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Looking good.
Restoring your home yourself is a big job but hopefully worth it in the end....
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To see my 1920's bungalow as I restore it......

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I am restoring my Tudor house. Same username here as on houzz if you want to see pictures.
Wow kitchen is looking great.
I loved the flooring under the island.... Haha
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Mine is an 1810 Federal style farm house. The house consists of 3 additions to the original house. None of the house ever had gutters so rain water fell two stories and settled into the ground right @ the foundation so over the past 205 years portions of the house had settled considerably. I jacked it up to re level it (11 inches in the worst spot), dug down 18 inches (below frost line here) and poured new concrete foundations. In some places the sill was rotten, so while the house was jacked up, we cut out rotten wood and replaced it with treated 6x6. The house is appx 2600sf with 4 bedrooms and 2 baths. I reconfigured it from 5 bedrooms and added a living room by moving the kitchen to the back of the house in what was a bedroom. I have rewired the entire house (including the 120 foot 240v run to the well from the house), re-plumbed from the well to the house and the entire house. Some of the redesign involved jack hammering up a concerete pad in one section of the house and changing how and where the drains were run. I built a new kitchen where a bedroom was, installed a 240v radiant heat setup under the 18x18 travertine tile floor in the kitchen, laundry, mud room etc. We peeled the entire exterior of the house and re-insulated the entire house using 2 inch mylar faced polystyrene 4x8 sheets and cut ea piece to fit between the studs and then sealed any gaps with right stuff for an airtight installation. We then re-sheathed the house and then wrapped with tyvek and re-sided it with Hardiplank. We (Trey and I) did all of that between the end of February and Memorial day weekend this year. There are still a myriad of things to do like refacing the 3 fireplaces with soapstone and counter tops out of the same and refinishing well worn 200 year old heart pine floors but it was an awesome thing to have done together. The only thing we had a tradesman do was the new hvac system which included all new duct work etc. Small (in this era of McMansions), in the middle of nowhere, and nothing grand, but its on a cool piece of land that kind of "spoke" to me and I had to have it. We made it livable without changing the character or eliminating the patina of the place.

We have moved on to doing another house on the water on the Carolina coast outside Beaufort on Core Sound.
That house dates from 1750 and had sat empty for over a decade but we are having a blast doing it.
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Old December 6th, 2015, 08:26 PM
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Mine is an 1810 Federal style farm house. The house consists of 3 additions to the original house. None of the house ever had gutters so rain water fell two stories and settled into the ground right @ the foundation so over the past 205 years portions of the house had settled considerably. I jacked it up to re level it (11 inches in the worst spot), dug down 18 inches (below frost line here) and poured new concrete foundations. In some places the sill was rotten, so while the house was jacked up, we cut out rotten wood and replaced it with treated 6x6. The house is appx 2600sf with 4 bedrooms and 2 baths. I reconfigured it from 5 bedrooms and added a living room by moving the kitchen to the back of the house in what was a bedroom. I have rewired the entire house (including the 120 foot 240v run to the well from the house), re-plumbed from the well to the house and the entire house. Some of the redesign involved jack hammering up a concerete pad in one section of the house and changing how and where the drains were run. I built a new kitchen where a bedroom was, installed a 240v radiant heat setup under the 18x18 travertine tile floor in the kitchen, laundry, mud room etc. We peeled the entire exterior of the house and re-insulated the entire house using 2 inch mylar faced polystyrene 4x8 sheets and cut ea piece to fit between the studs and then sealed any gaps with right stuff for an airtight installation. We then re-sheathed the house and then wrapped with tyvek and re-sided it with Hardiplank. We (Trey and I) did all of that between the end of February and Memorial day weekend this year. There are still a myriad of things to do like refacing the 3 fireplaces with soapstone and counter tops out of the same and refinishing well worn 200 year old heart pine floors but it was an awesome thing to have done together. The only thing we had a tradesman do was the new hvac system which included all new duct work etc. Small (in this era of McMansions), in the middle of nowhere, and nothing grand, but its on a cool piece of land that kind of "spoke" to me and I had to have it. We made it livable without changing the character or eliminating the patina of the place. We have moved on to doing another house on the water on the Carolina coast outside Beaufort on Core Sound. That house dates from 1750 and had sat empty for over a decade but we are having a blast doing it.
Sounds like an awesome project.
You have any pics of that floating around on the internet anywhere?
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Old December 6th, 2015, 09:21 PM
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Doing a bit of a fixer as well but the house ended up being far more sound than we'd anticipated so it's more cosmetic lately.
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Sounds like an awesome project.
You have any pics of that floating around on the internet anywhere?
Agreed that sounds really cool. That's an amazing amount of work.
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Doing a bit of a fixer as well but the house ended up being far more sound than we'd anticipated so it's more cosmetic lately.
Amazing what wood floors do for a space!
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Old December 6th, 2015, 09:27 PM
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Old December 6th, 2015, 09:44 PM
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Looking good.
Restoring your home yourself is a big job but hopefully worth it in the end....
Check out my Instagram

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To see my 1920's bungalow as I restore it......
Your IG is incredible. Excellent shots and amazing repurposed items. There are plenty of other things I'd like to do around the house that involve structural modification. Though, I don't want to get that far invested as I doubt we will be here longer than 5-10 years. I've got a 19 month old son and we got confirmation last week that we are expecting another baby in July.

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Mine is an 1810 Federal style farm house. The house consists of 3 additions to the original house. None of the house ever had gutters so rain water fell two stories and settled into the ground right @ the foundation so over the past 205 years portions of the house had settled considerably. I jacked it up to re level it (11 inches in the worst spot), dug down 18 inches (below frost line here) and poured new concrete foundations. In some places the sill was rotten, so while the house was jacked up, we cut out rotten wood and replaced it with treated 6x6. The house is appx 2600sf with 4 bedrooms and 2 baths. I reconfigured it from 5 bedrooms and added a living room by moving the kitchen to the back of the house in what was a bedroom. I have rewired the entire house (including the 120 foot 240v run to the well from the house), re-plumbed from the well to the house and the entire house. Some of the redesign involved jack hammering up a concerete pad in one section of the house and changing how and where the drains were run. I built a new kitchen where a bedroom was, installed a 240v radiant heat setup under the 18x18 travertine tile floor in the kitchen, laundry, mud room etc. We peeled the entire exterior of the house and re-insulated the entire house using 2 inch mylar faced polystyrene 4x8 sheets and cut ea piece to fit between the studs and then sealed any gaps with right stuff for an airtight installation. We then re-sheathed the house and then wrapped with tyvek and re-sided it with Hardiplank. We (Trey and I) did all of that between the end of February and Memorial day weekend this year. There are still a myriad of things to do like refacing the 3 fireplaces with soapstone and counter tops out of the same and refinishing well worn 200 year old heart pine floors but it was an awesome thing to have done together. The only thing we had a tradesman do was the new hvac system which included all new duct work etc. Small (in this era of McMansions), in the middle of nowhere, and nothing grand, but its on a cool piece of land that kind of "spoke" to me and I had to have it. We made it livable without changing the character or eliminating the patina of the place.

We have moved on to doing another house on the water on the Carolina coast outside Beaufort on Core Sound.
That house dates from 1750 and had sat empty for over a decade but we are having a blast doing it.
I wouldn't know where to begin on most of that stuff. The biggest electrical project I've done is run a subpanel on the back of the garage. I certainly wouldn't trust myself with foundation work. You have completed some real heavy duty work on what sounds like an awesome property. How much land have you got there? Have you got any photos of your projects?

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Doing a bit of a fixer as well but the house ended up being far more sound than we'd anticipated so it's more cosmetic lately.
The stairs and wood flooring look great. Was it under the carpet in good condition? That was one of our first thoughts when looking at photos of our house online. When we came to view the property we found out there was finished oak ceilings in the majority of the house. We had six different types of tile in the house as well. There is still carpet in three of the bedrooms though, so I may change that down the road. My son is in one, new baby will get one, and I'll finish my office in the other unless we wind up with twins (runs in the family).

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Indeed! Very nice! The rover drops should mop up nicely off that surface.
Haha! Thanks guys. Unfortunately the new 130 won't fit in the garage, so it's parked in the yard with it's 4 other friends. I've been contemplating adding a taller garage door on the back side of the garage and building an attached carport back there. There's an additional half acre behind my property I've been trying to buy for 6 months which I plan to build a large workshop on, which would negate the garage/carport plan.
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How much land have you got there?.
80 acres, small farm around here.
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80 acres, small farm around here.
JC, I wouldn't know what to do with 80 acres. I've got property envy now.
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JC, I wouldn't know what to do with 80 acres. I've got property envy now.
run angus cattle on 65 acres of it.
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run angus cattle on 65 acres of it.
Nice. We have 750 acres behind ours, with horses coming by almost every hour. Pretty rare so close to NYC!
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Beautiful architecture. Nice 'little' project!!
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Looking good. Restoring your home yourself is a big job but hopefully worth it in the end.... Check out my Instagram Ourhandcraftedhome To see my 1920's bungalow as I restore it......
Incredible vision and execution on your home. Very talented on both fronts. Is this a hobby or profession for you and/or SO?
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Incredible vision and execution on your home. Very talented on both fronts. Is this a hobby or profession for you and/or SO?
Thank you so much!
I've been around construction all my life, my family has a small roofing and siding company and most of my relatives are in construction in one form or another.
So I'm confident enough to jump into things and just figure it out as I'm going however to be honest I don't really know what I'm doing.... Haha
With just about everything I always say next time I could do that waaayyyy better..
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