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BleachCola 12-30-2007 10:21 PM

NEED HELP WITH IDEAS for remodeling a entire home 2100sq ft 2 stories *Many pictures*
 
A friend and I purchased this home and want to remodel it before we move in. We need IDEAS and thoughts about how to turn this house around and make it truely unique. It will most likely resemble a episode of flip this house, without the money sucking contractors.

house information:
built in 1901
kitchen, laundry room addition in 1950s
newer siding and newer roof
city water and sewage
.80 acre of land
door in master BR that has a balcony

We can just settle on painting the interior, refinishing the floors, adding some shrubs and paving the driveway and be set. However, since we have a clean slate per say we want to remodel the property and make it ALOT newer and better overall, with focus on curb appeal. The houses around it are valued about 3 times what we paid, therefore we have a nice budget set aside for remodeling the property.

So far we have done some basic stuff, such as: fixing some plumbing leaks, installed about 15 new windows, knocked down a random wall, removed radiators and boilers and a company is installing HVAC (probably a furnace in basement and one in the attic), and some landscaping.

The bathroom upstairs was started and has all the wiring and plumbing, but thats it. that is one of the main projects we need to finish first, since the inspector wants it done within 90 days. However, space is limited, so we are trying to come up with a design that will be ample in accordiance to the living space.

IDEAS
Some ideas are to build a wood deck out back
create a circle driveway
make a berm in the middle and maybe another one towards the street, asphalt the driveway
make the front door face the street
build a cement porch for the front door
make a roof over the porch with pillars and a nice walk way that wraps down
put siding over the Florida room (its all stone now)
make the Florida room less a porch and more a real room by removing the cheap single pane windows and putting in fewer real windows, insulate, drywall, and seal the area
make little faux roofs with windows on the large main roof to add some lines to the house
install some faux rock or stone around the exterior of the home so it doesn't look like a large plastic box
paint any remaining siding a tan color
build brick pillars at the front of the driveway
make a flagstone walkway from the kitchen side door to the driveway
attach the one car garage to the home
put siding on it to make it look like part of the home
install sprinkler system
retaining wall on the side of the driveway in front of the Florida room
refinish all wood floors, maybe carpet the stairs and upstairs
install wider tread on stairs

Pictures

http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...574483_667.jpg

http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...Picture030.jpg
http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...Picture032.jpg
http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...e/RIMG0294.jpg













BleachCola 12-30-2007 10:22 PM

http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...RIMG064811.jpg
http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...74501_6849.jpg
http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...74495_4668.jpg
http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...74493_4028.jpg

BleachCola 12-30-2007 10:23 PM

http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...e/RIMG0302.jpg
http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...e/RIMG0311.jpg
http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...e/RIMG0307.jpg
http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...e/RIMG0295.jpg

BleachCola 12-30-2007 10:24 PM

http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...74477_8812.jpg
http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...74479_9417.jpg

upstairs bathroom that needs to get done asap
http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...e/RIMG0312.jpg

BleachCola 12-30-2007 10:35 PM

the trim around FL room windows is all flat white now, looks much better. We are thinking of taking the door out of the FL room to the outside and putting in double entrance doors in the FL room that face the front (where the balcony is)

pavola 12-30-2007 10:53 PM

Your best advice would come from contractors, but most of the "money sucking contractors" here will probably toss barbs on your "idea sucking" post.

BleachCola 12-31-2007 01:59 AM

o, hi.

Chris Johnson 12-31-2007 09:59 AM

Nice lot, demo the house...

Yours truly

"money sucking contractors", INC

mtm 12-31-2007 10:45 AM

I would first make sure all the plumbing and electric are up to code, and installed correctly.
Second I would verify the house is weather and insect tight.

With the outside. Since the house is so old, I would pull off the vinyl siding and replace it with something that was more common to the time. Cedar shakes or something like that.

I also would keep as much of the original molding and woodwork as possible, strip it down and either stain it or put one coat of new paint on it so you could see the details.


Just my opinion though.

BleachCola 12-31-2007 01:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Chris Johnson (Post 84209)
Nice lot, demo the house...

Yours truly

"money sucking contractors", INC


we have thought about that since the lot right on the corner is twice the size of ours and the asking price is 1.5 million, however its commerically zoned. It is a option though to just sell the land.

BleachCola 12-31-2007 01:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mtm (Post 84228)
I would first make sure all the plumbing and electric are up to code, and installed correctly.
Second I would verify the house is weather and insect tight.

With the outside. Since the house is so old, I would pull off the vinyl siding and replace it with something that was more common to the time. Cedar shakes or something like that.

I also would keep as much of the original molding and woodwork as possible, strip it down and either stain it or put one coat of new paint on it so you could see the details.


Just my opinion though.


the plumbing was inspected in 94 and approved. for the electrical, most of it looks newer, we had a inspector say its fine. that is a good idea about the cedar shakes, I wonder how that would look. we are trying to save the interior style, however alot of the trim is really worn out.

thanks for your thoughts

LawnGuyLandSparky 12-31-2007 05:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BleachCola (Post 84142)
A friend and I purchased this home and want to remodel it before we move in. We need IDEAS and thoughts about how to turn this house around and make it truely unique. It will most likely resemble a episode of flip this house, without the money sucking contractors.

house information:
built in 1901
kitchen, laundry room addition in 1950s
newer siding and newer roof
city water and sewage
.80 acre of land
door in master BR that has a balcony

We can just settle on painting the interior, refinishing the floors, adding some shrubs and paving the driveway and be set. However, since we have a clean slate per say we want to remodel the property and make it ALOT newer and better overall, with focus on curb appeal. The houses around it are valued about 3 times what we paid, therefore we have a nice budget set aside for remodeling the property.

What you want to do is flip the house yourself, and for some reason, you think the surrounding, almost new, modern homes aound it are going to add value to the mish-mosh, haphazard train wreak you bought.

Your ONLY hope is to restore the house back to it's originally intended glamour - remove the "florida room" and turn it back into a porch. Remove the stupid freestanding garage that's too close to the house, and either add an attached garage, or carport that's keeping with the original building lines and setback.

You say this is a clean slate, but you've already gone ahead and replaced windows and a bathroom. Now you have to design around those improvements or they're wasted.

The "balcony" off the 2nd floor bedroom looks like a cheap tack-on addition and is completely out of place on this house. Either remove it, or build one that is more in keeping with the style of this house.

Quite honestly, renovation costs 3-4x as much per sq. ft. than building from scratch. Unless this house has some unduplicatable coveted feature, such as a glamorous circular staircase, it's really just a run of the mill farmhouse saltbox, with a few cheap-o add-ons, and updating it to today's standards with a/c electric, plumbing, heating, and a modern family-friendly layout is going to either be impossible, or it's going to cost much more than it's going to recoup upon resale.

Quote:

So far we have done some basic stuff, such as: fixing some plumbing leaks, installed about 15 new windows, knocked down a random wall, removed radiators and boilers and a company is installing HVAC (probably a furnace in basement and one in the attic), and some landscaping.

The bathroom upstairs was started and has all the wiring and plumbing, but thats it. that is one of the main projects we need to finish first, since the inspector wants it done within 90 days. However, space is limited, so we are trying to come up with a design that will be ample in accordiance to the living space.

IDEAS
Some ideas are to build a wood deck out back
create a circle driveway
make a berm in the middle and maybe another one towards the street, asphalt the driveway
make the front door face the street
build a cement porch for the front door
make a roof over the porch with pillars and a nice walk way that wraps down
put siding over the Florida room (its all stone now)
make the Florida room less a porch and more a real room by removing the cheap single pane windows and putting in fewer real windows, insulate, drywall, and seal the area
make little faux roofs with windows on the large main roof to add some lines to the house
install some faux rock or stone around the exterior of the home so it doesn't look like a large plastic box
paint any remaining siding a tan color
build brick pillars at the front of the driveway
make a flagstone walkway from the kitchen side door to the driveway
attach the one car garage to the home
put siding on it to make it look like part of the home
install sprinkler system
retaining wall on the side of the driveway in front of the Florida room
refinish all wood floors, maybe carpet the stairs and upstairs
install wider tread on stairs

Pictures

http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...574483_667.jpg

http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...Picture030.jpg
http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...Picture032.jpg
http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g1...e/RIMG0294.jpg













BleachCola 01-01-2008 07:08 PM

I recieved a qoute to bulldoze it, about 3k with permits. It did not include the debris removal though. I will see next week what the land appraises for before making any future plans.

I would feel kinda bad demolishing the house, we know the last owner who spent 25 years in it and raised a family, its a great starter home.

BleachCola 01-01-2008 07:10 PM

none of the pictures show the additional garage, its a 4/5 car 1000sq ft garage thats about 15 yrs old. I will try to find a pic and post it

LawnGuyLandSparky 01-02-2008 09:34 AM

Your best bet is to subdivide the lot into 2. Build 2 "normal" starter homes or 2 duplexes on each. In today's market - starter homes (in move-in condition) are rare and would sell quick. Homes with 4/5 car detached garages are white elephants. WHO the heck is looking for something like that?


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