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    Talking About Home Improvement

    I bought 250 sq.ft. of 3/4" maple strip, prefinished, for the upstairs loft and hallway intending on installing it myself. Loaded it into the sitting room off the master to acclimate...about 5 weeks ago. Now looking for someone who wants to nail it down for me...I realized that those days are past me. The people I've spoken to so far are dodging the quote as I think they want to make the markup on the wood also. I may end up DIY...slowly.

    Also had the 25' x 14' brick paver patio on the walkout basement level picked up and re-set as subsidence had it draining back toward the house. The service walk around from the front to the rear was the same brick and was in bad shape also due to poor design/materials for the steps so my brainstorm was to pick that up and use it to extend the lower patio, buying new pavers and 16 x 36 x 8" steps (14 of them) to make the new service walk. The front walk from the drive to the porch is now done with the same pavers as the concrete walk was wonky with settling.

    The cash expended won't be returned with a higher sale price but I hope that addressing the issues will result in a faster sale.
    “…democratic socialism, the great utopia of the last few generations, is not only unachievable but that to strive for it produces something utterly different – the very destruction of freedom itself. As has been aptly said: ‘What has always made the state a hell on earth has been precisely that man has tried to make it his heaven.'” F.A. Hayek

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    We are in the process of turning our 24 x 24' garage into a family room, wife's idea, not mine. My truck sits outside. When I retired and we moved to the farm we down sized to a 2 bedroom , 2 bath house with a 14 x 16 living/dining room. We have the family holidays here and always clean out the garage for a place to have them. This will save my back on not changing the garage to a dining area, but not sure it is worth $11,000. Gotta keep the wife happy. Not buying guns anymore, actually downsizing and giving some to our sons and grandsons.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kshunter View Post
    We are in the process of turning our 24 x 24' garage into a family room, wife's idea, not mine. My truck sits outside. When I retired and we moved to the farm we down sized to a 2 bedroom , 2 bath house with a 14 x 16 living/dining room. We have the family holidays here and always clean out the garage for a place to have them. This will save my back on not changing the garage to a dining area, but not sure it is worth $11,000. Gotta keep the wife happy. Not buying guns anymore, actually downsizing and giving some to our sons and grandsons.
    You are adding 576 sq.ft. of living area (GLA) to your house which comes out to just over 19 bucks per foot. That and going up, like a dormer to an attic that has enough space to stand up in are the least expensive ways to add to a home's square footage. Much more cost effective than adding on to the footprint which involves footings/foundation, exterior sheathing and additional roofing.

    Caveats are that the new layout is functional in terms of flow and architectural lines, particularly when talking dormers. Also vehicle parking, enclosed or roofed, is a value addition to a property.

    It sounds like a great place to have family get togethers!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Czechbikr View Post
    I bought 250 sq.ft. of 3/4" maple strip, prefinished, for the upstairs loft and hallway intending on installing it myself. Loaded it into the sitting room off the master to acclimate...about 5 weeks ago. Now looking for someone who wants to nail it down for me...I realized that those days are past me. The people I've spoken to so far are dodging the quote as I think they want to make the markup on the wood also. I may end up DIY...slowly.

    Also had the 25' x 14' brick paver patio on the walkout basement level picked up and re-set as subsidence had it draining back toward the house. The service walk around from the front to the rear was the same brick and was in bad shape also due to poor design/materials for the steps so my brainstorm was to pick that up and use it to extend the lower patio, buying new pavers and 16 x 36 x 8" steps (14 of them) to make the new service walk. The front walk from the drive to the porch is now done with the same pavers as the concrete walk was wonky with settling.

    The cash expended won't be returned with a higher sale price but I hope that addressing the issues will result in a faster sale.
    Get an air powered brad nail gun, it will save time and pain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimb1972 View Post
    Get an air powered brad nail gun, it will save time and pain.
    I bought the Harbor Freight pneumatic flooring stapler in anticipation of the job. I rented one when I did the 400+ sq.ft. of prefinished oak in our house in Galena and it was done over two different days returning and re-renting it. I figured that I could buy it, take however long I wanted or needed and then sell it on Craiglist when done for at least a break even.
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    Two years ago we decided to do some upgrades to our home, starting with flooring. Our home was tile throughout with the exception of the bedrooms which were carpet. I removed all the tile and spent weeks wet grinding down the grout... A major undertaking with a couple of 4" side grinders. We were able to procure about 750 sq.ft of dark cherry flooring at a reasonable price from a builder friend in Michigan. He delivered it the week after Christmas and stayed with us as our guest for a couple of weeks... In March the flooring had acclimated and we tried to hire out the installation... NO ONE would return our calls... We had to contact a local flooring supplier and have them come in and provide an estimate to supply and install the flooring. they wanted $4200 for materials and $1600 to install... They gave me the name and contact info for the installer... Called the installer, and when we told him we had all the material, he said he was not interested. I went out and bought all the saws, power nailer and equipment necessary (about $700 worth of stuff) to install it and did it my self. Now we are looking at redoing the Kitchen... I've decided to Purchase everything myself and install using day laborers from the Home Depot parking lot... My neighbor across the street did that and his labor cost to do his kitchen ran under $1000 and they did an excellent job.
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    Haha! Boy, do I understand. I'll get all enthusiastic (or at least confident) about doing a project only to find out my current self is different from my 20-years ago self. Painfully different.
    We do not stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.- George Bernard Shaw

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    Quote Originally Posted by whichfinger View Post
    Haha! Boy, do I understand. I'll get all enthusiastic (or at least confident) about doing a project only to find out my current self is different from my 20-years ago self. Painfully different.
    I can relate to that! I love working with my hands and doing projects around the house and property but I'll be 70 next month and my health has spiraled downward in the last couple of years. Lung cancer and chemo have about stopped me being able to do all but the simplest projects. Still, I'll try much to the horror of my family and Dr.
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    Quote Originally Posted by .452dia View Post
    I can relate to that! I love working with my hands and doing projects around the house and property but I'll be 70 next month and my health has spiraled downward in the last couple of years. Lung cancer and chemo have about stopped me being able to do all but the simplest projects. Still, I'll try much to the horror of my family and Dr.
    Where there's a will ...there's a (sometimes slower) way.


    Keep up the will my friend...we are all pulling for you!
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