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My wife, Lauren and I (Tony) purchased our first house in September of 2012. Its a five bedroom, two and a half bathroom brookfield colonial, two car garage and a partial basement totalling 2600 square feet of living space. While that all sounds lovely on paper, the visual appearance is pretty rough. But in order to fit out budget in any of the areas we were looking, we had to go for the fixer upper.
We moved in over labor day weekend with the tireless help of our amazing families and friends. It didnt take very long before we started turning small projects into BIG trouble. Lauren and I got a crash course in home ownership, and we finally got to find out if all those years of watching HGTV paid off.
I will periodically post pictures and rambling details of our progress, destruction and/or horrific misadventures with the house, as we make our way through the process of turning this run down house into the home of our dreams (or possibly our nightmares).
Theres a few pieces of moulding I may want to adjust if not completely remove and re-nail. But some alignment issues are simply because of imperfections in the wall. Ill do what I can to dial it in, but I'm fairly happy with the outcome so far.
Here's the finished floor. Nice to have the mouldings back on, even if they do need to be filled and painted. Overall, I'm happy with the way the floors turned out, and I really didnt think the floors had much life left in them when we first uncovered them. But honestly, it wasn't much cheaper or less work than simply replacing the floors with new pre-finished wood. I'll have to weigh my options when it comes to refinishing upstairs.
With another sand delivery, we were able to grade and reseat some more pavers along the pool. We also poured the concrete collar around the lip of the stairs, and we test fit the coping pavers around the stairs dry before more rain threatened.
After countless hours of wrestling with procelain, banging brass flanges into submission, and two destroyed wax rings, I finally noticed that the bottom of the toilet gad globs of thinset underneath it, keeping the toilet from sitting flush no matter how hard I cranked down. A few minutes with a hammer and chisel, and yet another run to the hardware store for a new wax seal, and we were finally able to reinstall the bathroom.
This was our first foray into masonry, and I think it came out pretty good. The bottom of the window is up an inch or so compared to the old ones, which will hopefully help keep the water out of the basement during heavy rains. Ill have to touch up the top corners, and I may even parge along the top to protect the 2x4 top piece from the elements.
A couple more skim coats got the ceiling faired out pretty well. Its not perfect, but Its about the best I can do without pulling down sheetrock again. The taped corner seams were a little rough, but we cleaned them up with a sanding sponge. Theyll be covered with wallpaper and crown moulding anyway, so I wont worry too much about them.
I put the long hurrican ties every other floor joist, while the others will get the smaller hurricane ties. We added a ton of lag bolts throughout the beam. Nearly a hundred were used so far. Looking from a shallow angle, if tis beam deflects 1/8 inch in the middle, its a lot. Its very strong and easily holds the weight of the structure above.