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sledgehammer 07-11-2009 12:46 PM

Hi, my name is John, and I'm over my head.
My wife and I just bought our first home in Milwaukee, WI. It's a two story 3 bdrm 1.5 bath with a one car detached garage, built in 1908. We are the third owners.

It's a complete gut job, at least by our standards.

Our kitchen is currently down to studs and sub floor, the sub floor is coming out this afternoon. Plumbing is 90% replaced, and there are no fixtures in their original locations. New plumbing has also been run and stubbed to the full bath above the kitchen for phase two of the construction, as well as a converted second floor closet into a laundry room.

Tomorrow comes a second quote from an electrician, as well as the sealer on the hrd wood floors my wife and I sanded. We've done the majority of work ourselves, which up to this point has been mainly demo: acoustic drop ceilings, wood paneling, shag carpet, you know, the seventies.

I had lined up some semi-skilled friends to come and assist me through plumbing and electrical, but I've decided that with a job of this scope, it's best to pull permits and have it on the books.

I'll get around to posting a photo journal of the remodel, when time permits.

Just wanted to say hello.


nap 07-11-2009 02:46 PM

glad to hear of the permits, if they are required. Failure to pull a permit can come back to haunt you in more ways than you can imagine if they are required.

anyway, welcome aboard.

PaliBob 07-11-2009 02:53 PM

Ditto on NAP
Welcome to the Forum

99BN99 07-12-2009 06:52 PM

Permits are a good idea.

* Prevents problems with tax assessors.
* Non-permit work can be ordered removed at your expense, and fines, depending on jurisdicition.
* Non-permit work can be used by the insurance company to void your insurance - no benefits, no premium refunds.
* Sometimes things you need to know can show up during permit applications. A renovator buddy of mine insisted on a permit, to the dismay of a homeowner. At application time, inspector stated that drains were on the opposite side of the house to that shown on my buddy's dwgs where the owner said they were. Buddy listened to the inspector. Inspector was right, homeowner wrong. Saved homeowner a lot of money and inconvenience.

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