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Old 04-05-2011, 01:06 PM   #1
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Is this DIY gone terribly wrong?


I'm looking at houses in a town that just doesn't have many for sale, and as I go back over the photos I took in one of the few affordable ones, it appears that there may be some questionable DIY work in it. (See attached photo). When they enclosed the porch and turned it into additional space to extend a bedroom, they just built it up with some wooden boards and painted over them without doing any drywalling or insulating, as far as I can tell. This looks like the case in two different rooms. This is an odd house, in that it appears it was originally just a single bedroom with a kitchen and a bathroom, and the owners knocked out the front wall of the bedroom and living room, extending them a few feet using what used to be the porch space. Then they turned the single bedroom into two small ones with another interior wall...

I'm assuming this is not the sort of thing you're supposed to do (note the horizontal boards on the left with no drywall) - won't this make it difficult to heat the place? Is this DIY gone terribly wrong? Fixable?
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Old 04-05-2011, 01:08 PM   #2
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Here's another room that they made wider. The boards are more visible here:
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Old 04-05-2011, 01:13 PM   #3
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At first glance, I thought you were going to mention the paint color.

Had that been the case the answer would have been yes.

I would probably put drywall over the exposed boards.

Not a difficult task.
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Haha, yes, the paint is clearly also "DIY gone terribly wrong." Purple paint, with floors painted black. Very goth.
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This sort of renovation should have required a permit and inspections. Check with the local building dept if this was done.
Illegal renovations might be an issue with mortgage companies if the house doesn't have an updated C of O.
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Another concern where they just knocked out an outer wall to extend the room into the porch is whether or not the transferred the load the former outer wall was carrying onto a proper header. I looked at a house where the opening between the main house and the addition was sagging in the middle. Still it is something that can be fixed but at a cost. The quality of life must be really good in that town if there are not too many houses for sale.

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