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marsia

The dust is the worst. It gets in every single thing you own unless you moved completely out. And it is itchy, scratchy to breathe, obnoxious dust. We had to do our remodel in phases, and every time I get up on the scaffolding and mop every square inch of the house off (walls and ceiling, too) and get the drywall dust out. Then I launder every single blanket, article of clothing, and clean every single thing we own. No matter how many layers of plastic sheeting you put up, it still gets everywhere. Otherwise, I loved designing the house, and the whole process of picking out every single surface and material. We did have one bum contractor who cost us a lot extra, but other than him and the dust, remodeling went well for us, even though it took us 10 years to be done with the interior. Still a bit more to do on the exterior, but that is fine - it's not nearly as bad having interior work done.

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arrbe

We did most everything ourselves when we remodeled our kitchen, ripping everything out to the bare walls. Before we installed the bottom cabinets, we had vinyl flooring and carpets installed. This was 1992 with both of us working and with a 4 month old son. NEVER again. Each house after than has been smaller but time consuming projects such as wiring to code and/or painting. Oh, and my pet peeve is: If you're going to re-tile the tub area, PLEASE install the tile to the ceiling. Yes, we did this in 2 houses.

   
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tuckerdc

One 60 y.o. bathroom re-do down to the studs: 6 months and five days.

Of course it is good to ASK QUESTIONS during the planning phase. Except - you often have no way of anticipating what your questions are going to be.

For me - and nowhere mentioned here - my most important 'shoulda-woulda' regret is thatit never occurred to me to keep a detailed work log: what got done on what day by who and how long were they there. It all begins to blend as work/time goes on, subs are in and out. I can't stress enough how much I wished I'd kept a thorough journal - invaluable as the invoices start coming in and just an overall important means of documenting the whole experience.

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