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Old 03-12-2009, 05:32 AM   #1
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Interior redesign on my house. Gayness to go with my gay car. I live with my father in a house that was built for me when I was born almost 23 years ago, so its a bit worn out, and lot of stuff needs to be fixed. Ive been going through a lot of depression and stuff lately, and I think most of it is because of my living conditions. I really think a good redesign of the interior would help. At least to my part. I live upstairs and he lives downstairs. We are both single and work all the time, so its like I have my own place, and I have no other reason to move out, so I am going to make the best of what I have. Redo the bathroom first in all nice blue tile, stainless steel fixtures and pedistal sink.

Then onto new carpet in all upstairs rooms, new paint, switch plates and stuff. Then junk all of my old furniture that doesnt match and get new stuff. New stand to support my 56'' Samsung that sits on an old coffee table right now. Its just a depressing place to live. Plus I enjoy this kind of thing. I was raised by a mother who pretty much cleaned and redesigned the house in her free time, so It rubbed off I guess.

Anybody else doing any home renovations lately?
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i'm working on my bathroom right now, gets expensive fast, probably end up being $7000. bad part is it's my only shower right now so i'm going to my parents to shower after work which is a pain in the ***.
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All the time. It's part of the reason my LSX swap is taking so long. I just redid my basement for a new rear projector. Ran HDMI cables in the wall, moved some outlets, put nice wall plates in and did some painting. The wife also wanted the living room and dining room painted and crown molding put up so we did that. We're getting the master bathroom done but it was a gift from my father so we're getting professional design. I'm going to use the leftover tile to do the 2nd bathroom.

Trust me, learning to do this **** now and "practice" on your first home will give you a lot of satisfaction when you get your own place. It will allow you to buy something that you might not like too much inside, but you can customize how you want without spending a **** ton for contracting. Rent a wet tile saw from HD or Lowes if you don't have one, read some websites on tiling, and start tiling. You'll be surprised how easy it is once you get rolling if you haven't done it before..

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i'm working on my bathroom right now, gets expensive fast, probably end up being $7000. bad part is it's my only shower right now so i'm going to my parents to shower after work which is a pain in the ***.
Yeah, bathrooms are pricey. It's amazing how a friggin nice faucet is $80 and the same faucet in oil rubbed bronze (which my wife has to have) is an extra $120! WTF? We'll probably spend $1500 on faucets/shower heads/matching towel bars and ****.

That's a nice set of heads for my car!

Worst part for me is I rarely even use our master bath. I shower at the gym at work during the week and dump in the basement bathroom (or at work).

I'll spend $15K-20k for a place to brush my teeth twice a day.

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I hear you man. The past 2 months I've been spending 90% of my free time doing some remodeling. I needed to take a break from spending ALL my money on the miata like usual and start buying some nice stuff to come home to.

When I moved out about 3 years ago to this farm I was living at I brought everything I owned with me. Not to mention my GF at the time and I went a little overboard and bought a ton of **** as well. Long story short after almost 2 years things went south and I moved out and quit working there. It was bad enough that I decided it wasn't even worth going back for my ****. I took only what was easy enough for me to take myself and left all the big ****.

Now I'm back at home and thankfully over those hard times. I'm taking this time to get my finances in order and check my head before I get into another serious relationship. Plus I work for the family business so being at home is a plus. For a couple months after the move I missed the farm alot, but not the people. It was a crazy lifestyle and I'm glad I got the experience, but I feel much better now being back around my friends and family.

Anyways goodluck on the remodeling. Right now I'm about 50% done with my remodel. I just hung a bunch of skateboard decks along the walls! Could have been $400 toward the miata....
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Made an offer on a HUD owned property just yesterday. IF.... IF my offer wins the home, I'm going to be BEYOND broke from now until eternity. Yay. I may even consider selling the Miata and the Camaro if I win the house.

Is it bad that I'm crossing my fingers in hopes that I don't win the house? lol I hate being so picky.

Great house, amazing investment potential (House was listed for $55k less than it sold for 3 years ago when new) and finally A GARAGE.... but, my mortgage will be like $975/mon w/ everything rolled in, which is $325 more than I'm paying in rent currently. That's scary stuff fellas. I may have went a little higher than I should've.

I don't know about the rest of the nation, but in KY first time home buyers are getting an $8,000 tax credit if we buy a house between now and the end of the year. So basically, I'll still have a safety net. I haven't filed my taxes yet because if I win the house, I'll close, put all my money down on the house, and file for taxes and wait for that $8k check. Incentive, yes, but it's making me a little more brave than I need to be.
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Anybody else doing any home renovations lately?
Does exterior stuff count? The ground is still frozen here, so it hasn't been started yet. The gas line comes in to the right front, and regulations state that you have to hand dig (no machinery) within 2 feet of a line. Sidewalk was demolished (by hand!) last fall, but that's as far as we got before the snow started.

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This is the rendering I used for obtaining archetectual review board approval late last fall. It's done in Solidworks. One thing I specified in the contract was that there was no painting and minimal maintenance. That means vinyl clad railings and posts, composite decking. Gonna cost me almost 20 grand all told.

Building permit has been issued, and I expect the contractor to start digging any day now.
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Re-doing our main bathroom. At least it's the light version - no tub or tile changes this time around. Been moving electrical and patching/smoothing. Final sand and priming tonight, painting this weekend, new fixtures in Monday and Tuesday and we're done.

Unless fate slaps me around for that last sentence.
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I feels ya. I just found out that I'm not ever going to get to track my car because I'm going to NOLA from May-September.
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Old 03-12-2009, 04:02 PM   #10
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I hope mine wont cost too much, since the bathroom is small, only maybe 4'x8', and only has a stall shower, which will be removed and tiled in for a walk in shower that sort of blends in with the room, no sills or raised lip around it, just a common floor drain.

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Thats about the look Im going for with the tile. I'll probably carry the blue a bit higher than that. Blue, white and stainless steel. Clean and manly. So the costs I see right now are sheetrock and supplies, tile and tile supplies, sink and fixtures, and lighting. Not sure if I want to redo the door since I dont know if a dark wood frame and door would look right in an all blue and white bathroom. Im sure I will also need a toilet soon, since I will go insane since my current one is offwhite and will bug the **** out of me. So probably toilet too.

Next would be the bedroom/living room, which I will probably keep simple. The carpet seam is opening up from rolling my computer chair across it for years. So new carpet, a repaint and new furniture. I hope to keep the upstairs part of the redo under $2500-$3000 for both rooms. I have plenty of experiance with this kind of thing, so it should go quickly and smoothly. Maybe we should get a home decor section Keep up with peoples home remodeling lol.
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I may have gone another route... black toilet. Nothing says big timer like a black toilet. Plus the blue tile I was looking for it proving to be hard to find in store. I may go backup and do the darker theme. Blacks and slates, maybe a dark natural stone floor with either glossy black or dark grey/slate wall tiles, black pedestal sink and black toilet. All with stainless ***** and fixures, tower rack, ect.
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My house was built in 1884. I bought it in 1995 and I have been working on it since then. It was made into apartments and I gutted all that and I am still in the process of making it a single family residence. I gave up keeping track of all the money I have put into the place.

Like you, I am right now working on the first floor bathroom. Although I have all the fixtures, it is still a small fortune finishing it. I got the ceiling up and I am finishing the plaster now. Maybe in a few more weeks I will be able to set the fixtures again.

I can relate and good luck with your bath.

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And good luck with yours. I dont know if I would have been able to hold up for almost 15 years of work. I hope I can get mine done in just a few months. Most of that being the saving of money.
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Interior redesign on my house. Gayness to go with my gay car. I live with my father in a house that was built for me when I was born almost 23 years ago, so its a bit worn out, and lot of stuff needs to be fixed. Ive been going through a lot of depression and stuff lately, and I think most of it is because of my living conditions. I really think a good redesign of the interior would help. At least to my part. I live upstairs and he lives downstairs. We are both single and work all the time, so its like I have my own place, and I have no other reason to move out, so I am going to make the best of what I have. Redo the bathroom first in all nice blue tile, stainless steel fixtures and pedistal sink.

Then onto new carpet in all upstairs rooms, new paint, switch plates and stuff. Then junk all of my old furniture that doesnt match and get new stuff. New stand to support my 56'' Samsung that sits on an old coffee table right now. Its just a depressing place to live. Plus I enjoy this kind of thing. I was raised by a mother who pretty much cleaned and redesigned the house in her free time, so It rubbed off I guess.

Anybody else doing any home renovations lately?
Good luck with that. We are planning to rip out all the tile in the kitchen/dining/livingroom/halls and redo with laminate. I keep putting it off
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Ive put mine off for far too long as well. My aunt lived with my dad for a few years probably 12-15 years ago after a divorce, and I have been living in it just as she left it for the last 4 or 5 years. Pink and white bathroom with 80's wood fixtures and an ugly vinyl wicker looking floor, ugly off white shower stall and a spackle ceiling thats falling off in clumps because of steam... its bad. Anything would be a big improvement from what it is now.
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