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shamusdiy 01-08-2009 09:10 AM

Newbe here, from Hamilton, ON
Hello everyone!

Just wanted to introduce myself. My girlfriend and I bought a semi-renovated hundred plus year old home in Hamilton Ontario. We have a lot of projects we would like to begin this spring. We are looking for ideas and advice from everyone.
Just to name a few projects. We want to remodel our kitchen and remove or cut large opening in wall between the kitchen and dining room giving it an open concept touch. However I think that this is a load bearing wall. Also we want to put a driveway in the front of our home. Currently we only have a crushed stone one in the back. We want to remove the one in the back and extend the back yard. Not sure if we need to get a permit for the driveway. Also we want to build a deck and put a stone patio possibly remove a huge tree. We also need insulation as our shampoo in the up stairs bathroom froze last year. got a quote for blow in insulation for $9000. main floor is quite warm but upstairs is freezing.

AtlanticWBConst. 01-08-2009 09:27 AM


Congratulations on the house, and welcome to the site.

As far as all the projects that you are excited about doing: Whether you are living in the home, or not, you will really need to strategically figure out, which projects you want to do and when. Additionally, unless you have unlimited financial resources, you might want to prioritize a budget plan.

It is very common for people to line up all kinds of projects, and randomly pick some of them to start. Later, the funds run low (Because things never seem to cost home owners what they seem to think they will). Then people look back and "wished" that they had held-off on some of the projects, and had instead done others, first.

A home is "never finished". It takes years to make it the way that you really like it. Be patient and prioritize intelligently. That includes, looking for ways to fine tune each project's budget, because you have "many" projects on your list.

Good Luck.

shamusdiy 01-08-2009 09:40 AM

Kitchen Remodel likely to come first.

Thanks for the reply and info. We are leaning more towards kitchen remodel. This being our first home and we most likely will be living here for five years or more. We thought that a kitchen remodel would increase the resale value when it comes time to sell. However we don't want to do a lot of expensive renovations and over price our home for the area and not be able to recoup any money. We want to do it as cheap as possible but still have it look really good.

AtlanticWBConst. 01-09-2009 06:00 AM

FWIW: I found this person's DIY Kitchen Remodel interesting:

They opted to make a lot of things (cabinets), and cut corners in other areas, and came out with a fantastic looking kitchen. Good ideas.

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