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Old 06-12-2013, 04:53 PM   #16
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I'm planning something ridiculous myself. I plan on taking my bungalow down to the foundation wall and putting up two new floors. The frame has to be up in two weeks and closed in. All prefab walls should help with this I hope.

The plan is to live in the basement after it's closed up from the weather.

The footprint of the house is 1144 sq feet outside walls. There is a bedroom downstairs but no egress window. I can use the work shop as a bedroom as well. I can hoard off the construction site of the house from the basement stairway to the new back door to keep the kids out. Yes, two kids and also two in laws. The kids would need to sleep on a bed in the rec room.

The more I think about it, the more I think I should add a years rent and utilities to the budget, but she's gonna be stretched thin as it is. Having another mortgage 8 years before retirement just doesn't sound too appealing.

I just reread what I wrote and I think renting a house may be the only way to go. After putting this crazy plan in print in front of everyone really opened my eyes. .......unless someone has done something so crazy and lived to tell us about it here.

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Old 06-12-2013, 07:00 PM   #17
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Well, we HAD to rent... since we ran the numbers and it made more sense to knock the old place down rather than add onto it.

Prefab'd walls definitely help, vs stick framing on site. Ours went from bare foundation to being under a shingled roof in 2 weeks. Of course then the longer process of windows, electric, plumbing, insulation and various inspections takes a lot longer. Then comes all the finishing work... with luck we'll be back into the place by end of August. Just about 10 months from when we moved out.
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When the Kit/Ba/Ba is getting done I'll be in the RV.
Meals, sleeping, showering and cold beer in the frig. No dust.
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DO NOT start a project until you have all of the funds for it, plus some.
and don't set a "cast in stone" time frame. guestimate, then double it.

while we had some dirt, it wasn't terrible. i just had to do a little work to manage it.
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DO NOT start a project until you have all of the funds for it, plus some.
and don't set a "cast in stone" time frame. guestimate, then double it.

while we had some dirt, it wasn't terrible. i just had to do a little work to manage it.
Fix'n it have good point there make sure you have engough funds to cover the project and it better have more fund than not enough and find out that you did ran into a " rolling block " which it can screw up your plans if not heeded.

As far for my house of course doing the remodeling but little a time when I get free time the last one which I will attack hard is the stairway which I may do this fall when everything is quiet around my area due my work shedule is little nuttys now until after Fête du travail ( Labour day )

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DO NOT start a project until you have all of the funds for it, plus some.
and don't set a "cast in stone" time frame. guestimate, then double it.

while we had some dirt, it wasn't terrible. i just had to do a little work to manage it.
Only in a real world, where we do not have the current set of affairs happening right now in most places around the world.

A realy DIYer does it on no budget, a paycheck at a time, and takes twenty years to finally finish the project.
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DO NOT start a project until you have all of the funds for it, plus some.
and don't set a "cast in stone" time frame. guestimate, then double it.

while we had some dirt, it wasn't terrible. i just had to do a little work to manage it.
When you have the money- you don't have the time
When you have the time- you don't have the money
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Only in a real world, where we do not have the current set of affairs happening right now in most places around the world.

A realy DIYer does it on no budget, a paycheck at a time, and takes twenty years to finally finish the project.
The last project I work on it took me about 8 years before I ever get it done just do little each time I know I will be done one way or other but have good result with it.

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A real DIYer does it on no budget, a paycheck at a time,
and takes twenty years to finally finish the project.
That's not a project... that's a lifestyle.

Some love being in dust and will rationalize just about anything.
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It's very difficult to remodeling or renovate a house when people living in it.

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That's not a project... that's a lifestyle.

Some love being in dust and will rationalize just about anything.
There is no dust in our house from our ongoing renovation. The hold up is the wife still figuring out where she wants lighting, and if we are going with 33" or 36" cabinets on one wall. Then there will be the hold up of what color flooring, tile backsplash, and paint color.

It took six weeks for her to decide what color she wanted to paint the bath, when we got the walls back up. Tile took about three weeks. But from start to finish, it took a total of eight weeks to complete the bath.

The main hold up on ours, is every year she has had to have a major surgery. This year it is for "Chiari Malformation". They are talking 6-8 weeks, but I am looking at least 6 months if it comes out that she is one of those that takes longer to go through OT/PT afterwards, before returning to work.
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I bought my house in 2002, at which point I was separated from my wife and had 50/50 shared custody of a 4 and a 7 year old.

Since that point, I've installed a new roof, done replacement windows on all but 4 windows, new siding, upgraded the kitchen, bath, dining room, foyer, replaced rotted decking, replaced the heating and AC units, renovated the "man cave" in the garage....and still have a ton more to do.

The fact that I'm single makes a perpetual project like this much more enjoyable.
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Beautiful house, but yeah single guys are probably the best contenders for renovating-while-living. I recently replaced the ceiling light fixture in our kitchen, which required some drywall work, and the drywall dust in the kitchen drove my lady crazy. She has allergies which justifiably makes her hate dust in all its forms.
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You'll need to have a good woman beside you during this time. On the other hand, if you are looking to get rid of a not so good woman...
I Second this. My lady and I never argued once until we started our renovation. We've since figured out how to work with one another but it was a real eye opening experience.

My first reno was just me and it was just fine.
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Only in a real world, where we do not have the current set of affairs happening right now in most places around the world.

A realy DIYer does it on no budget, a paycheck at a time, and takes twenty years to finally finish the project.
well, i guess everyone does it differently. me, i have the money to do whatever i want. i just have to do it. there should be a budget, even in my case = don't over build the house/neighborhood.

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