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triciajoelle

YES! We also lived in a whole house rehab. Yes! The disposable plates and utensils... and hot meals meant a daily trip to the grocery story for microwaveable meals after "take out" couldn't be tolerated any longer. We, too, went without a kitchen for six months, choked on dust, did most work ourselves including major landscaping/ regrading. Scheduled the "noise" from 9 to 4 pm as to not disturb the quality of life of neighbors with it being a long term project. The quiet work (painting, rip out of trim, landscaping) was before/after those hours. And at the end of the day, with swollen feet and hands and aching backs... that meant trip to Home Depot or internet searches for chandeliers, furniture, tile, etc. So, basically from the time our eyes were open til we literally collapsed into deep sleep sitting up... we were working on the house. Your house looks great! Bravo! Would you do it again? We wouldn't. Once is enough. (We're in our late 50s).


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Nicoleta Elias

Hi triciajoelle,

We want to add a second floor. What was your remodel project?

   
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triciajoelle

Nicoleta... We bought a cape cod short sale that sat vacant for two years. The entire house was rehabbed and restored. The upstairs was hardwood floor refinishing, paint, trim, new bathroom. Once that was done, we lived up there. Then the kitchen was totally gutted, new electrical, walls, trim, herringbone hardwoods, etc. Then room by room... after hardwoods were refinished. New 7 1/2" baseboards, and crown molding, doorway and window trim throughout the entire house. Every wall plate and electrical outlet and ceiling lights were replaced. Plaster walls were in bad shape and needed repair. Most ceilings had to have a thin sheet rock installed to cover cracks from brutally cold winters while it sat vacant. The washer/ dryer was brought up from basement and a closet was extended with bifold doors. The full bath on the first floor was a total gut also. Not fun with plaster/ lathe walls. There were alot of doorways tarped to contain dust. The summers were spent outside ripping out gardens and regrading slope away from house, a fence, I painted the exterior stucco. Once everything was pretty much under control, then the extra's... a propane fireplace insert was installed in March.. new windows come next month. There was also a new heating system- oil heater, oil tank, all water pipes and hot water heater was replaced. (Baseboard heat). Every inch of the house had been painted. There was one bedroom that had wall to wall carpet. It was ripped out and new hardwoods were installed. We did all of the work ourselves, except for mold treatment, heating installation, new gutters, 2 150' oak trees removed, and fence installation. I stained the fence myself. it took three and a half years. We have "flipped" a few houses while living in them. We pick one room to live in, and finish the bathroom last, so that paint brushes can be washed without concern of damage. By the time the bathroom is ready be remodeled, it's the last room, a small room.. not much brush washing. With one tub/shower.. we've taken showers with the interior walls of the tub area tarped and cardboard boxes on the old raw wood floors.... until tiling was done... which was one step before vanity/toilet install. It's a lot of planning. But we learned "one room at a time" works for best for us. That way we see progress. As opposed to working on all the walls, then all the trim, etc throughout the house. We would feel like, "will this ever end?" To do one room at a time, when we're tired, all we have to do is go into a finished room for encouragement with how beautiful it is. Hope this helps.

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