House Addition/Renovation #1: The Beginning

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Blog entry by Tooch posted 05-16-2018 02:59 PM 618 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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First of all, I wanted to start by saying that these posts are happening well later than the actual events occurred, roughly 6-7 months later for the beginning posts and 2 months after the final pictures.

In the summer, I was able to refinance my current Mortgage loan (which had about 18 yrs left on it) down to a 15 yr loan at a fixed interest rate of 3.00%. With that refinancing, I took out additional money based on the current equity I had in my house. Because I bought my home on foreclosure and refinanced once already (roughly 5 years ago), I had a decent amount of equity.

My Wife and knew that we wanted to add-on to our current house instead of moving. We have 2 daughters, 4 and 6 yrs old, who currently share a bedroom. I started having nightmares about them being 14 and 16 years old and still sharing a bedroom. Here they are from Halloween of 2017, which is the same day the project started.

SO the project has 2 main parts to it: a second floor master bedroom suite with bathroom, and a first floor addition for a larger kitchen. This picture was taken in the fall prior to construction, and shows the old patio that will be replaced with a new kitchen.

As you can see from the picture, I already have several courses of cinder block exposed. Because of that, We decided to splurge a little and just excavate out the entire area to gain another basement room. We figure the room will be 9×14’, which is kind of small, but it’ll be worth the extra $$ to get extra storage.

Knowing that this would be a large scale project with lots of permits and inspections, I hired a general contractor to do most of the shell. As part of the agreement with the contractor, I will be doing most of the demo work, loading the dumpsters, and all of the finish work (interior finishes, plumbing, light fixtures, etc.). After the first day of work, I can tell that this was already more than what I expected.

the roof was ripped off where the second story addition will go, and the new deck was already put in. This is the first of many piles I need to load into the dumpster.

The good news is that the first lumber order also arrived. So far, I’m excited, nervous, and anxious.

looking forward to posting more about this, next up is excavating and pouring the footer.

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#1 posted 05-16-2018 04:41 PM

Looks like a lot of hard work.

GOOD LUCK! Even material costs have gone totally crazy here.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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