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Hi All!

I thought we could start a common space where we can rant, celebrate and ask for advice when needed. I'm new to the whole renovating game, so hopefully you will all be able to help me!

Here's my story...we closed on our house last Friday (I can't believe it's only been a week) and our contractor started work on Tuesday. I'll post pictures over the weekend, when I get a chance to go over and take some of the demo. Our contractor is amazing, and giving us an amazing deal, especially since we're basically gutting the house. Here's what we were originally planning on doing:

- Complete kitchen reno...the original 1964 kitchen was still there
- paint top-to-bottom
- open a half-wall between the kitchen and dining room
- replace all baseboard and interior doors
- new tile in entryway and kitchen
- rip the plaster ceiling out of the basement
- change the electrical pannel (is currently 100 amp fuses)

Tuesday we mentioned to our contractor that we "might" want to renovate the upstairs bathroom...Wednesday we went by after work and the bathroom was torn out...we didn't even have a quote Then silly us asked him to see if we could get a patio door for the kitchen (we want to take a window out and put a door in), and he's ordered the door. Oh well, better to do it before we move in...we're still within budget, and have a cushion if we go over, but really, it's a little stressful considering I'm 6 1/2 month preggers...there have been a couple of days this week when I've wondered "why are we doing all of this now?"

Okay, so now my house is such a mess that I'm wondering how it's all going to go back together. He plans on being finished by the end of next week

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 5 Sep 2008 5:42 PM
 13 Jul 2006
 GVA, wishing it was GTA
tjrocks
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Ooooh! oooh!

I'll join!

Here's links to my previous reno rants:

Refinishing the Hardwood Floors
The (IKEA) kitchen
Backorder Sucks
Ranting More

Our plans:

Kitchen:



To remove a majority of the wall on the left, install cabinets and an island between the kitchen and dining room. According to the contractor DH hired, the wall is load bearing and can't be removed, so we can remove up to the edge of where the pocket door is. So we'll have a 4ft island and around 3 feet of floor to ceiling cabinetry.

Master Bath:



This one HAS to be done because DH and I can't open the door for the smell of smoke, and what I imagine is a mixture of mold and urine. Complete gut...still, not $29,000 worth of gut.

And if there's still room in the budget/down the road:



Do the front hall and renovate the guest bathroom.

This is what I want the master bathroom to look like:


And something close to what I'd like the kitchen to look like:



Reverse the colours on that first pic.

Currently I'm in week 9 of renovation....and well, the kitchen is still in the same state it was 3 weeks ago. The upside is that one day it'll be done. The house may have sold first, but it'll be done!

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 5 Sep 2008 7:17 PM
 1 Aug 2006
Corita
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Oh I hear you for renovations... we are now going into month 4. We replaced all the floors in the house, full paint top to bottom including replacing drywall in 50% of the house. Complete bathroom renovation including tearing down a wall to add a custom shower and boxed tub. Refinished the kitchen cabinets new backsplash and countertops. Tore down 6 walls in total to make it more open concept and make 2 rooms into one. Replaced all the windows and doors including interior doors and all new trim. I believe that is all, we are doing everything ourselves except we had someone build the custom shower for us, but we are doing all the tiling which is what my DH is working on as we speak.

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 6 Sep 2008 12:30 AM
 15 Aug 2004
 Langley
jfichter
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Can I join to?. We started our condo reno in December 07 and are still going strong . Actually, we have had some time off in between. But it feels like non stop since I never really get things cleaned and put away for long.

Things that are done:

All the carpet is gone and replaced with V-groove laminate(had to scratch the hardwood I chose because of the subfloor ).

The light fixtures are half replaced.

The ceramic tile is gone in both bathrooms and kitchen and front hallway and replaced with slate .

The lino in the laundry room is replaced with slate.

All repainted.


Things to BE done:

The granite guy comes on Thursday to install in the kitchen(with my new undermount sink) and both bathroom counters.

Then the backsplash in the kitchen gets installed.

The fireplace tiles are going to be replaced with a stacked slate.

Install new base, crown and casings.

Install window bench in master.

Last but not least new appliances and finishing touches!
Then we move

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 6 Sep 2008 7:56 AM
 8 Aug 2008
MooseHead
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sigh..............I'm in a deep dark place right now. Stuck in the very bottom bowels of kitchen renovation. We're doing it all ourselves

We've talked about getting a contractor in to complete but I'm pretty sure that would bring on a whole other animal of headaches.

Floors are in and we're at the drywalling & electrical stage. Its been days or weeks (I don't even know how long) and the only progression I see is in the "mess departement". It just seems like the kitchen is at a standstill while the mess keeps growing to the point of almost uncontrollable.

Those of you that have claimed tears during reno - is this true? Have you really cried? I have.

We're so discouraged right now, running out of steam it seems. I'm wondering if I'm really starting to hate & resent this kitchen. Reminds me of the first sweater my grandma had me knit; by the time I'd finished knitting it I was so sick of looking at it I hated it.

I envy those of you that are (a) not living in it, instead moving in when its all done and (b) breezing through it with excitement. I'm not sure if we should start our marriage counselling now or after the kitchen.

And after the kitchen comes (in no particular order):

- 2 bathrooms, complete gut
- partial garage conversion into mudroom
- 2nd floor flooring removed & replaced
- paint top to bottom
- moldings & trim
- fireplace surround
- basement update (flooring for starters)
- back garden overhaul (doesn't look very promising this fall)
- entire front of house overhaul (uh-uh, not this fall)
- then there's sewing projects, decoration, etc.

In all this I've got a backyard birthday party in 2 weeks, then halloween, then Thanksgiving, and I'm really having a hard time picturing a Christmas Tree in all this chaos.

Sorry for the dreary post, at the moment we're just not having too much fun right now. Things just seem to be getting worse - last night for example, to take a break we went out for dinner & drinks. Came home (another dog story) to find the dog had peed on the new flooring. I guess it sat for awhile and one board has started to lift. This is telling me we could potentially have a problem with water with this particular type of flooring and it also tells me sometimes I HATE MY DOG!

Maybe I'll stay away from this thread until I have something good to say? Who wants to listen to incessant whining? Again sorry for the Debbie Downer
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 6 Sep 2008 8:36 AM
 5 Feb 2006
pingu
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We bought an old 150-year old school house in July, and since possession July 30th, we have:

-Ripped off the old rotting bell tower, DH just bought wood to rebuild it
-Painted living room, dining room, foyer, kitchen, master bedroom ("John Deere Green" wasn't really doing it for me)
-Painted the entire front porch trim, ceiling, fascia (huge job) and two front doors. Currently repainting all exterior trim.
-sewed up all the curtains in the living/master bedroom

On the TO DO list:

-Reshingle the roof in cedar shingles (Fall 2008)
-Restore the original schoolhouse exterior (Fall 2008)
-Build a 1000 sq.ft. addition on the back with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a study (Spring 2009)
-Demolish old addition on the front of the house (includes only 1 bedroom, 1 bath, 1 laundry room) (Fall 2009)
-Restore the original front of the schoolhouse (Fall 2009)
-Gut the schoolhouse portion and make into open concept dining/living/kitchen (2010)
-Demolish garage and replace with carriagehouse style garage (2010, maybe 2011)
-Redo exterior of workshop (eventually)


I think I just threw up in my mouth a little bit.


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 6 Sep 2008 8:41 AM
 25 Apr 2007
BridenStride
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Edited.....it was too wordy-word.

(I apologize profusely for the length of this post. It really turned into a vent but boy, it felt good to get it out!)



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 6 Sep 2008 1:13 PM
 13 Jul 2006
 GVA, wishing it was GTA
tjrocks
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Geeze BridenStride, that is quite the epic.

Where are the pics??!!!

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 6 Sep 2008 1:14 PM
 25 Apr 2007
BridenStride
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Geez tj....I apologized profusely about my rant!

No pics yet....gotta wait til the finished project...unless you want pics of the gouged floor.

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 8 Sep 2008 8:20 AM
 28 Nov 2005
 Southwestern Ontario
geminii
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My name is Geminii, and I am a renovator.

Me and DH bought our 1890 house 5 years ago...and have been living in a reno ever since. It was lath and plaster (the falling off type plaster), old wiring, horrible layout, but such good potential house when we bought it.

In the past 5 years we have done the following:
-everything
It is pretty much a brand new house on an old frame. Right now we are working on the kitchen (I now have some counter space!!), and that is basically the last room to do. (Thank god because my house is a disaster!)

Online I only have a photo of the front of our house before and after (which we are very proud of!!)


OO! Found a "in progress" photo of when we were gutting our upstairs.


Surprisingly, me and DH are still married

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 8 Sep 2008 2:01 PM
 13 Jul 2006
 GVA, wishing it was GTA
tjrocks
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Quote:

Geez tj....I apologized profusely about my rant!




But where did the rant go? I miss it. I want to hug it again.

Gouged floor is fun...I have tonnes of pics of 'this is my house when it's ugly' so I can remember while I'm mad at it being fixed, that it was in fact, very ugly, and desperately needed fixing.

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 8 Sep 2008 2:18 PM
 25 Apr 2007
BridenStride
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Quote:

Quote:

Geez tj....I apologized profusely about my rant!




But where did the rant go? I miss it. I want to hug it again.

Gouged floor is fun...I have tonnes of pics of 'this is my house when it's ugly' so I can remember while I'm mad at it being fixed, that it was in fact, very ugly, and desperately needed fixing.






Here ya go:

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Doesn't look like much from this pic...but it was a very deep 9 feet long gouging in a very, very visible area of my new room. It hadn't even been walked on yet!

All's well now though.

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 8 Sep 2008 3:47 PM
 2 Jun 2005
 Canada
izzybelle
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Can I join too?

We've just bought a 50's bungalow, moved across the province and are doing as many renos as our very tight budget allows. DH had two weeks off before starting his new job and I took 10 days vacation before heading back to the coast to finish up my job so we managed to get a good start, but OMG is this ever a lot of work!! Plus DH is a perfectionist so he's constantly quoting Mike Holmes and making me spend money on the stuff that nobody ever sees (which I know is the right way, but it's not much fun).

Here's a link to my post about the house: Ugly House Pics Post

I was going to post pics of the changes so far (and the ridiculous mess we're living in), but of course the camera cord is packed in a box, only I have no idea which one...

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 8 Sep 2008 5:06 PM
 13 Jul 2006
 GVA, wishing it was GTA
tjrocks
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Yikes!! That is a huge scratch. I'm glad they fixed it without you having to open a giant can of whoopass!

izzybelle: was the underwear in the basement the first to go? I know how you feel about the box front...we're still missing things.....I had to tear apart the storage unit yesterday looking for the dog's flea medicine. And then put it all back.

On the good news front, after I got my angry on with the counter people, they're installing it today! They called DH, and not me because I'm now the 'scary biotch wife', but at least it's getting done. As soon as DH signs the paperwork, we're sending a very angry letter to the BBB about their excellent customer service skills.

On the downside, since the replacement dishwasher hasn't come in yet, we'll still be without a working kitchen until it comes (can't hook up the sink...). sigh. On that note, I also have to buy a garborator tonight....anyone know anything about them?

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 8 Sep 2008 7:01 PM
 2 Jun 2005
 Canada
izzybelle
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Quote:

was the underwear in the basement the first to go?




Fortunately they removed granny's knickers before we took posession...unfortunately they didn't feel the need to remove her used and visably dirty toilet brushes (or the rest of the junk left behind).

On the plus side, I found my camera cord (in the camera case of all places) so here are some pics of the disaster that is our home...

We ripped up the shag carpets and discovered super sexy vinyl flooring and what appeared to be HORSE HAIR underlay - so disgusting.



DH & my accountant dad ripped up all the subfloors, screwed down each individual board with hundreds of screws and then laid new subfloors including glue...no squeeks in our house!



The living room wall was ripped apart to make sure there wasn't any mold from the window leaking. We're in the midst of sanding, caulking, priming and painting the window inside & out.



Kitchen: We're planning to renovate the kitchen in 1-2 years time, but until then I've painted the cabinets and ripped off the 70's wallpaper. One of DH's future weekend projects is to get rid of the avocado laminate and build me a new countertop.



The kitchen doors are my project for today:



We were supposed to live with the bathroom for a year until we have the money to completely redo it and put in an ensuite at the same time. But, the toilet was leaking so DH pulled it up and discovered a little moldy surprise.



why didn't the toilet fall through the ceiling??

Still waiting for drywall...and a sink.



My new, brighter hallway:



The only room that is half-finished (future guest room):



And finally to make myself feel better, here's my new sofa that will be arriving in 9 weeks and the $50 lamps that I found at Winners.



BTW tjrocks, I often get stuck being the "biotch wife" too - it sucks, but at least the job gets done.

Good luck on the renos girls!!

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 9 Sep 2008 12:14 PM
 27 Jun 2005
happylady
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There are so many of us, I'm glad we started this!

I have some pictures, but haven't managed to get them on my computer yet, may try tonight, I've come down with somesort of stomach bug, not fun!

We go to the house everyday, especially because we want to make sure the Contractor is doing things right (way too many Holmes on homes episodes). Yesterday the sliding door was installed (it looks so good and so bright), and the tub was installed in the bathroom. I don't get their working order, but whatever, as long as my house gets put back-together!

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 9 Sep 2008 11:48 PM
 4 May 2006
Bridesmaid
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wow - our reno feels simple and small compared to what you ladies are into!!!

we are replacing our main floor flooring with hardwood and tile and painting our main floor. to do that we need to undercut all our drywall and build up the subfloor, both of which are getting close to done - yay!

we are doing it all ourselves evenings and weekends so we suspect it will take another 3 weeks to get it all done...

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 10 Sep 2008 1:19 PM
 13 Jul 2006
 GVA, wishing it was GTA
tjrocks
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izzybelle, I love those lamps! How are you living in the construction zone? Is it driving you mad yet? What kind of flooring are you putting down?

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 10 Sep 2008 1:21 PM
 25 Apr 2007
BridenStride
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tjrocks....any resolution with the kitchen counter?

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 10 Sep 2008 2:26 PM
 2 Sep 2008
newmama
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Hi to all the fellow renovators out there! You may have seen some of my posts in this section, but to recap here is what we?ve been working on since we got our two-storey, red brick, semi-detached house in north Toronto in July 2007:

Done:
- ripped out all the pink carpet from both floors
- removed floral wallpaper from dining room and two bedrooms
- restained all the flooring in living room, dining room, both hallways, and office in medium walnut
- restained the stair treads in dark walnut
- tore out the river rock wood-burning corner fireplace in the living room
- painted all the hallway walls and stair trim, removed the front cast iron radiator
- installed new house numbers through the brick
- complete reno of office: painted walls, installed Ikea counters, bookshelves, cabinets, curtains. Created a picture wall. Had the ceiling smoothed out. Installed new baseboards.
- complete reno of the dining room: built wainscoting from scratch using MDF, hardboard, and pine chair rail. Installed wallpaper and new light fixtures.
- installed plantation shutters in living room and dining room
- complete reno of garage: modified existing workbench to accommodate tools and garbage bins. Installed industrial lights and pegboard. Installed wall shelving and in-wall storage solutions. Created a paint shop dropcloth system.
- designed and built banquettes for outdoor porch
- complete reno of kitchen: complete demolition down to studs. Removed old pantry and reframed walls. Sistered new joists and installed new subfloor. Built new wall frame and installed insulation. Installed floor tiles. Moved cable lines and plumbing. Installed new drywall, potlights, cabinetry. Made and installed new door and window trims and transition strips. Backsplash to be installed Fall 2008.

And we did about 90% of the work ourselves You can see most of this documented on my blog Ramblings of a Renovating Couple. Just click on the label cloud on the left side menu.

What?s left to do:
- kitchen: install backsplash, handles, cabinet valance (Sept 2008)
- living room: remove old wallpaper; build frame and install gas fireplace; paint; replace furniture and change layout (Fall 2008)
- guest bedroom/nursery: build banquette seating over rad, build in Ikea bookshelves, paint, install carpeting (Fall 2008)
- repaint all interior doors; strip and polish all hinges; replace front door hardware
- stairs: install sisal runner
- master bedroom: install carpeting, paint, build wall panelling from MDF, build two banquette seats
- master bath: REMOVE carpeting; move plumbing; retile everything
- basement: whole ton of work

Thanks to DH, I?ve become pretty handy with the tools and more knowledgeable about design and DIY. We renovated his condo together before we got this house, so its been a long learning curve for me. If anyone has any questions that I can help with, just ask!


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 10 Sep 2008 2:34 PM
 12 Sep 2006
 Toronto
lycheemartini
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Oops, and I should add... newmama = lycheemartini So watch for that guest bedroom/nursery reno soon

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 10 Sep 2008 2:53 PM
 13 Jul 2006
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tjrocks
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New Mama???!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!



I avoid BB in case pregnancy is somehow contagious, so I always miss the fun announcements.


I'm so happy for you!!




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tjrocks....any resolution with the kitchen counter?




Depends what you call 'resolved'. DH called and they're coming to caulk the gap using the same goo they used to adhere the seam in the counter, so at least the colour will match. DH spent an hour on the phone with buddy basically being told he was full of crap and should just take the counter how it arrived and that the company isn't responsible for the angles on our walls.

What happened: We have a bay window in front of the sink. They mismeasured the distance between the start of the bay window and where the wall is by the stove. So much so, that even though they cut into the wall by the stove to install the counter, there's still a 3/8" gap at the bay. Also, the kitchen, being 20 years old, has aged. The wall beside the sink is bowed and while the counter's flush at the front of the counter, the wall isn't square and the gap widens unevenly toward the back...so there's a sizable gap there as well.

Buddy claims they're not responsible for the fact that our walls aren't square (uh, I watch enough Mike Holmes to know that rarely are walls square, so perhaps they should take that into account to ensure that their counters fit), and then he proceeds to tell DH that they do all the new condos downtown and they have the same problem in those. Then goes on to say we should just suck it up and put up a backsplash.

Am I alone in thinking that I shouldn't be forced to redesign the kitchen because the counter doesn't fit right? So, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they come and caulk, that it looks right, and that I can use my kitchen. They didn't install the undermount sink. Told us the plumber does that. Thankfully our plumber is linked with the contractor we're almost sure we're going to go with for our master bath, so if the plumber doesn't do it, the contractor will. But, if the plumber can't do it, it's another 2 week wait before the contractor can come.

It just sucks that I'm 10 days away from getting my scull scraped, and there's still no guarantee I'll have a sink hooked up by then. The dishwasher still hasn't arrived. So much for 'we're rushing you a replacement, thanks for the $100 upgrade'. jerks.

Oh, and to cap it all off, buddy calls this morning and says he needs the invoice signed so he can process the second half of the payment for the counter. DH, hopefully because he was still half asleep, said 'ok'. I'm thinking I shouldn't sign ANYTHING until they come and caulk or else there's no guarantee they'll ever get it done.

Sigh.

I'm still really happy for you lychee!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!

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 10 Sep 2008 3:05 PM
 12 Sep 2006
 Toronto
lycheemartini
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Thanks so much tjrocks! I guess this gets me out of painting duty for a while

As to your countertops, yes, most walls aren?t straight but a good installer will take multiple measurements to take that into account. If I were you, I would absolutely not sign the final invoice until they have come to do the remaining caulking. This is a good renovation tip: always always have a holdback if the work isn?t finished. Even with our counters, there is a small piece of granite missing behind the stove and we held back $500 until after that last piece gets put in.

A question about the sink ? did the installer do the cutout for the sink before installation? How are you sure the hole is cut right if the sink isn?t in?

With the caulking I?m sure it will look fine. I always keep this line in mind: many will see, but few will notice. Likely only you and DH will ever really notice the gaps.

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 10 Sep 2008 4:43 PM
 27 Jun 2005
happylady
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Lychee...I totally missed that you are also newmama...congrats!

Well, yesterday we went to the house, the cement board and drywall is up in the bathroom, they should be ready to tile soon (I can't wait). We also got our kitchen design from the designers, it looks great. I have to say that our condo is 3 blocks from the house, making it very easy to go back and forth when needed...it will also make moving a breeze.

And for those who provided excellent decorating advice throughout my condo-selling mess, this place is not going to be nearly as, how do we say it...beige... Gasp, I do believe our bathroom is going to be purple. I can't wait to move, even if we won't have a kitchen (but hey, the appliances will be there, so we'll be able to cook and we'll use the dining room table as a counter. Only one month to go!

DH and I have been commenting how much more this house would have cost us if it had been reno-ed. Not only are we saving a ton, but it's so much fun to pick everything ourselves.

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 10 Sep 2008 5:31 PM
 2 Jun 2005
 Canada
izzybelle
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tjrocks - I read your post about the counter install and asked DH for his thoughts since he's a journeyman cabinetmaker (custom millwork and furniture) so has installed several kitchens in his time.

He said it's normal for there to be a slight gap (around 1/8 inch) between the counter and the wall because walls aren't square and while installers try to get counters as close to the wall as possible, sometimes there will be a small gap. This gap would be caulked both to hide the gap and to prevent any water damage below the countertop. He said most people have some sort of backsplash so a small gap isn't usually a problem.

He also said that granite counter installers take measurements ahead of time, but also usually bring a granite grinder with them to make any required adjustments on site (because walls aren't square usually). Occasionally he's seen an installer remove part of the drywall to make the countertop fit, but said that if they do this they'll make sure to caulk everything properly so you can't tell at all (this would be only be done at the back of the wall, not on the edge were you could see it). He also said though that this is the lazy way...and that with the state of the construction industry in the lower mainland right now everyone is so ridiculously busy that unfortunately there is a lot of corner cutting going on.

I'm not sure if that helps or not, but I thought I'd pass his comments on. Hopefully the caulking/goo makes everything look beautiful.

Oh and New Mama - what an awesome blog! I'm definitely going to be checking it out for inspiration...although sadly our budget is much, much smaller. *sigh*

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 30 Apr 2012
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 10 Sep 2008 9:31 PM
 4 May 2006
Bridesmaid
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ok i am starting to hate renos. we wanted to remove our pedestel sink tonight, but aparanlty when my house was built in 2003, they builder didn't both and install water shut off valves on each sink - just one main shut off valve!!!!!!!!!!!! GURRR. So, my DH is now gone to home depot AGAIN to figure out what he needs in order to install a shut off valve so that we can take the sink out in prep for our tiles that we want to install this coming weekend.

Why can't it ever be simple

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 11 Sep 2008 8:15 AM
 28 Nov 2005
 Southwestern Ontario
geminii
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Bridesmaid I sooo feel your pain with the shut off valves. But our house was built in 1890 and had "work" done to it before us, and there were no shut off valves either (monkies I tell you, monkies did the previous work!!).

We now have a rack of shut off valves in the basement for everthing, but it was reeeeally annoying having the whole house water shut off for one tap.

This weekend project for me and DH:
-Put up the stone on the outside on the back of our house (and then do a happy dance that our outside transformation is DONE!!!)
-And maybe smash out the ceramics we put in our upper bathroom 2 years ago to prep for the marble we bought for it (to match the downstairs bathroom). (Now I guess we're the monkies for RE-renoing our reno's.... )

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 11 Sep 2008 12:29 PM
 15 Aug 2004
 Langley
jfichter
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Quote:

(monkies I tell you, monkies did the previous work!!).


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Did we have the same monkeys? . While we have shut off valves they mounted them right up against the cabinet so when we went to turn them off we had to bend the copper pipe(that comes from the wall) in order to turn the knob. If there was ever an emergency and I had to do it alone I probably couldnt do it with my weak arms .


I just wanted to add that the granite installers are coming in a few hours and we got those hideous wall size mirrors off with ease(Thanks for the tip newmamma about the picture hanging wire, it worked like a charm )

ETA. Congrats newmamma

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 11 Sep 2008 1:37 PM
 13 Jul 2006
 GVA, wishing it was GTA
tjrocks
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Thanks Lychee for the sink tip. I never would have thought of it. DH checked this morning and it fits fine, which is a relief, let me tell you.

And thanks izzybelle for checking with your DH. I'll keep my fingers crossed that the caulking goes according to plan.

I should check our water shut offs...our home inspector couldn't find the one for our unit, and I'm pretty sure there are only ones on the toilets....

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 11 Sep 2008 3:05 PM
 2 Jun 2005
 Canada
izzybelle
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Quote:

Best part is that they were cheaper than cheap and took wood, cut it in lengths, glued and nailed together to make their own 2x4, so we cannot even selvage anything and try to recycle it.




That's friggen awesome. Can you imagine how much time and effort they put into making those "custom" posts? I can't believe you don't appreciate their ingenuity. hehehe.

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 11 Sep 2008 5:29 PM
 12 Nov 2006
 Markham, ON
joliemome
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we are going to have our basement finished by christmas. Tall order, I know, but we have a plan and if we are methodical, it may just come together. So far, we have painted the laundry room floor and walls, built shelves, and this weekend we will built shelves and work table in the laundry room. Next week is framing. I will post pics as we go along.

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 11 Sep 2008 9:50 PM
 3 Nov 2007
 New Brunswick
Foote2008
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Add me to the list of Renovators! Now that the wedding is done we are getting into our big renos! Our house is quite old approx 1930 -1940 and we are the third owners. We've been here one year and we've only done a few renos like taking the washer and dryer out of the kitchen and making a laundry/storage room in the small bedroom & gutting the unfinished basement of random workbenches and cupboards. We also had a shed attached to the side of the house that we named "the fire hazard" the previous owner thought it would be a great idea to throw any lawn, tree, rosebush trimmings a fence even a kitchen sink & the lawn mover on top of it all with the gas still in it too!!! But now in 3 weeks we will be starting some really big renos putting a pitch and a addition that is currently flat and adding a veranda to the front of the house. Here is a list of everything we will be doing:

-complete kitchen reno
-wiring (we even have a light with no on/off switch )
-bathroom
-siding
-insulate (we found insulation boxes used as insulation when we did the laundry room)
-windows
-doors
-jiprock (sp?)the majority of the walls
-paint the entire house

and the list just gets longer it's all going to be worth it though!

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 12 Sep 2008 9:59 AM
 27 Jun 2005
happylady
Weddingbeller
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Okay, so my contractor has painted the bedrooms upstairs...without priming! Yes, this is my blood pressure going through the roof. I wouldn't be worried about this except that the walls were filty, and hadn't been painted in probably 20 years. Knowing us, we'll probably re-paint in 4-5 years or so, but still, we're paranoid that the paint isn't going to stick to the walls...or the old dirt is going to show through. Grrrr

On the upside all of the tile is now laid in the bathroom, looks fantastic, it gets grout today.

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 12 Sep 2008 11:02 AM
 15 Aug 2004
 Langley
jfichter
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Yikes! That sucks. What would possess him to paint without cleaning and or priming . I would make sure he is aware of it and that he is willing to redo the job if needed. On the bright side, Yay Tile .

Our renos are still ongoing but I see the light at the end of the tunnel . We had our granite installed yesterday and I am soooooo in love with it(that doesn't make me crazy...does it?). Now I have to wait for DH to come home from work so he can hook up the kitchen faucet because I desperately need water!.I have been using the bathtub for my water since Wedensday and it drives me crazy. I know, I know, many of you have gone alot longer without water but it still seems like forever to me.

I hope to be able to post some pics but it probably wont happen till next week some time. it will have to be after they install my backsplash and slate on the fireplace.

Im off to kiss my new counters

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 12 Sep 2008 1:44 PM
 13 Jul 2006
 GVA, wishing it was GTA
tjrocks
Empress of the Forum
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Katia, are you sure my DH wasn't your basement renovator?

At least they labeled the red tap 'hot', just in case you were confused.


On the good news front, our replacement dishwasher arrived today, but there was a bow in the stainless steel in the front of it. To fix the bow, the delivery guy kicked it, and now there's a giant foot dent in the front of the washer. So, it's gone back to the depot, and they've ordered another one for us. So, another week of waiting to have a kitchen.

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 12 Sep 2008 2:01 PM
 12 Sep 2006
 Toronto
lycheemartini
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I know how you feel about your dishwasher tjrocks? we finally got our appliances installed ? and found there is a malfunction in the burner starter so I still can?t use the stove! Ugh.

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 13 Sep 2008 10:10 AM
 3 Nov 2007
 New Brunswick
Foote2008
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Quote:

Online I only have a photo of the front of our house before and after (which we are very proud of!!)







Wow Geminii very nice!!!

We met with our contractor last night who said and i will quote " your taking your house from looking like a kennel to a farm house" mind you our house is shaped like a box but kennel?? proof that men don't think before they speak.

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 13 Sep 2008 9:40 PM
 13 Jul 2006
 GVA, wishing it was GTA
tjrocks
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Lychee, I'm doing a happy dance for you on your appliance arrival....though it does suck about the burner. Since we've been up in the air with the renos, we just got around to trying the stove....I'm thankful they work because it never occurred to me to check them when they arrived (I was anxious to because we didn't have a counter and I was afraid the burners/over would somehow damage the unprotected cupbaords...silly, I know).

So do you have a bedroom reserved for the new arrival? Or are you going to convert that lovely office you decorated?

Geminii: I love the stonework you did. It's quite lovely.

Foote: I hope that's not the only contractor you're getting quotes from. I nixed one because he thought my bathroom idea was 'quaint'.

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 13 Sep 2008 10:23 PM
 30 Apr 2008
 Surrey, BC
letsgethitched
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I've put off joining this thread since our plans are a little up in the air with the very real possibility of the government forcing a sale for a highway expansion. However, I'm currently sitting in the living room with the dog, waiting for paint to dry so I guess I still belong here. I've just painted some trim on the stairs and although I have more painting to do upstairs, doggie would follow me. I'm not sure the new paint would survive her wagging tail!

FH and I bought a 35 year old townhouse in January and immediately got to work. It has 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and is just under 1600 sq/ft with the basement. The previous owner was a chain smoker with 3 cats (at least one of whom had a MAJOR penchant for spraying). We ripped out the carpet the day we moved in and it was at the dump the next day.

So...already done:
New carpet on both sets of stairs and top floor
New laminate in the living/dining area
New vinyl flooring in the entryway/kitchen
Bath fitter wall surround
Painted the entire top two floors (with the exception of the trim that I'm still working on)
Painted stairwell to basement
Shaker style interior wood doors (still a work in progress with staining etc.)
New vertical blinds on the sliding door
Replaced all light fixtures on top two floors
New stove (the 5 year old stainless range we paid a premium for never worked)

Still to do:
baseboards
Finish basment (it has drywall but hasn't been mudded or tapped)
Dining room light fixture
Replace cabinet hardware
Tub surround

That is...if we don't have to sell. We quite like it here now that you don't have to hold your nose when you walk in the door

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 14 Sep 2008 7:28 PM
 12 Sep 2006
 Toronto
lycheemartini
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letsgethitched - welcome! sounds like you've done a lot of work already... hopefully you get to enjoy your place a while longer

jfichter - waiting to see pics of your granite. What type of granite did you install?

tjrocks - we have a spare bedroom which we'll make into a nursery/guest bedroom. DH and I prefer to have the baby in our room, sleeping with us in bed or beside our bed in a crib. We'll use the spare room as place for either me and the baby, or DH on his own to 'escape' and get a good nights sleep (or my mom as I'm sure she'll be over to help out in the beginning )

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 15 Sep 2008 8:22 AM
 28 Nov 2005
 Southwestern Ontario
geminii
Weddingbeller
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Those basement photos bring back memories of our house when we bought it! Love the drywall job they did in the laundry room.

Yesterday DH ripped out our kitchen floor. Like, not just the old tile, or the old tile and plywood...but the WHOLE freaking floor so we were walking on the floor joists. All our appliances are in the living room and other crap in the dining room and I wanted to cry at the disaster.

We're levelling the floor before we put the tiles in, so DH was anchoring new joists to the old crooked ones (level at one end, 2-3 inches higher at the other end). He has today off of work so we're sopposed to have a new level plywood floor when I get home.

We need a fingers crossed smiley.

(Thanks for the comments about our stone, it took a LONG time, but so worth it!)

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 15 Sep 2008 12:11 PM
 16 Oct 2005
 Calgary, AB
geogirl
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Hello! I'd love to join in. Wow, everyones pictures bring back memories. The joy of renovating! It's worth it right?

Here's our story with pics!:

DH moved in with me into my townhouse. We renovated that place, mostly cosmetic things. It really well and we loved it. This is the basement my DH finished at the townhouse:
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Then we got married:
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Soon afterwards, I really felt that I wanted a bigger house, with a double garage and a bigger yard. So, we bought a house 5 months after we got married.

We bought our house almost 2 years ago and we have been renovating ever since!! We have 99% finished the main floor (still a few minor touch ups needed).

We took the main floor to the studs (and filled 5 dumpster bins), new subfloor and hardwood, removed 5 walls, did the electrical, new pot lights throughtout, put in a new kitchen (including the plumbing), renovated all the bathrooms, painted the bedrooms, new doors, painted the exterior...pretty much the works. Here are a few pics (I've posted them before). It was so fugly before! haha

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The new nursery (can't find a before pic):
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One pic of the disaster we lived with for a year!
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Ahh, so now the main floor is done. And then this little guy came along:
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Needless things slowed down alot, but we are insane, and are renovating our basement now. It was a dungeon down there:
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We are about 75% done now! This is the most recent photo I have, but we've got the trim up and are working on putting stone over a fireplace down there:
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So, that's my long winded story. Next year = landscaping!!

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 15 Sep 2008 12:46 PM
 4 May 2006
Bridesmaid
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wow geogirl - your renovations are BEAUTIFUL!!!! what a difference. i'd never say it was the same house

I will now stop complaining about living in reno-mess for a month

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 15 Sep 2008 2:39 PM
 13 Jul 2006
 GVA, wishing it was GTA
tjrocks
Empress of the Forum
30,378
geogirl - your renovations look great! You did such an awesome job on them. I love what you did with the fireplace and the master bath....though, you could've kept the 70s basement...I mean, aren't they back in style now? :P Your pics give me hope that all our stuff will work out!

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 16 Sep 2008 10:29 AM
 27 Jun 2005
happylady
Weddingbeller
685
Geo, your renos are great!

I started a post outside of this about what's going on with me...it's been an interesting start to my week...

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 16 Sep 2008 10:50 AM
 8 Aug 2008
MooseHead
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WOW - such encouraging pictures! What a great job.

Geogirl, I particularly love your front closet door and especially the kitchen one (the one next to the fridge). Can you tell me where you got them? Are they "specialty" or are they available at your local Home Depot? Rona?

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 16 Sep 2008 1:12 PM
 15 Aug 2004
 Langley
jfichter
WB Devotee
2,319
Letsgethitched: I hope after all your hard work you can stay.

Lycheemartini: This is my Granite

geogirl: I love your kitchen, that window is awesome and your nursery is adorable. I might just have to steal your idea one day.

Hopefully I can get around to posting pics since the tile guy is here and installing the backsplash as I type . I love it when things come together.

And to top off my good luck lately I was able to find new bathroom mirrors for both bathroom and it cost me $75 total incl. taxes . I ended up with 1 from Winners and 1 from Liquidation World .

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 16 Sep 2008 1:45 PM
 16 Oct 2005
 Calgary, AB
geogirl
WB Addict
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tjrocks - well we did put a short shag carpet in the basement to remember the 70's style. haha I guess shag is in again, just not as crazy as the old stuff you had to rake!

moosehead - nope they are not custom. The closet doors are from Home Depot. They have a bunch of different styles. They were really easy to put in too. The door in the kitchen you could probably get made at Home Depot. It's "rain" pattern glass inside the door. I guess it's semi custom, since we picked the glass - but you can get it special ordered at HD or rona.

Doors are evil. I think out of everything, putting in new doors were the most frustrating. We should have kept the old door jams and just put in new doors. Oh well...live and learn!

jfichter - Windows are the only thing left original in this place. One day I hope to get new ones, but that kitchen one is what sold us on the house. Good find on the bathroom mirrors! That's a great price.

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 18 Sep 2008 1:26 PM
 15 Aug 2004
 Langley
jfichter
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Just bumping and adding that our fireplace is being done today .

Time to check another project off the list .

I hope everyone elses reno are coming along too

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 18 Sep 2008 1:48 PM
 28 Nov 2005
 Southwestern Ontario
geminii
Weddingbeller
837
And photos of the fireplace??

We have a level floor in our kitchen now and the cement board is all screwed down. Tonight we are planning to go to Home Depot and buy our floor tiles! (It will be sooooo nice having a new floor in our kitchen. When we moved in it was carpet, and when we pulled out the carpet it was old nasty tiles with carpet glue stuck all over them-to clean it I had to vaccum it with our shop vac!!).

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