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Old 11-24-2014, 05:36 PM   #1
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Hardly a showpiece, but *I'M* proud of it!


Last summer, my wife caught me in a rare moment of leisure and, as wives often do, she decided that was unacceptable. I assume she already had a number of ideas filed away and decided this was a perfect opportunity to catch me not "busy"...

The result: "We're (yeah, right... "we") are going to add on an apartment that we can rent out to a college kid or a single professional."

This was the last week of May... she wanted it ready by the 4th of July!

Long story shortened somewhat, after 5 major changes during the project (she termed them "no big deal", as though swapping the bath and kitchen locations, after rough-in was completed, was a simply matter of changing the drawings), we're now done except for a couple of minor trim items.

This was done to our retirement home in Mexico, where building standards are... well, let's just say they're "different". The home is concrete columns and beams, with brick fill, stuccoed.

The final design involved turning the laundry room into a bath, my office into a bedroom and adding on a kitchen. The total finished space is just under 300 sq. ft.

I hired a guy to help out with the heavy lifting, as I'm in my sixties and have no desire to see the inside of a cardiac ward. He turned out to be a good worker, and cost me less than $500 for the entire project. So no complaints there!

Those of you with more skills than I possess, feel free to chuckle... It's certainly not a big project by normal standards. But although I've managed construction projects of 100K+ sq. ft., this is the biggest project I've ever undertaken without a bevy of pros to guide things along. So I'm pleased with the result.

Converting the laundry room to a bath:
The nook is where the water and drain for washing machine were, I grabbed them below and moved them to beneath where the wash basin cabinet would sit.


In the corner to the left of the basin would be the shower stall, roughly a meter square. That sat over the area where I had to tie the sink, shower and toilet into the main drain. I also had to add a vent line to the roof to ensure the toilet would flush properly.


Halfway done with the bath:


Turning a bit further to the left, is the toilet bowl, next to the new wall partitioning the bath from the entryway.


And this is the other side of the bathroom wall, next to the toilet, from the entryway door, looking into the apt.

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Old 11-24-2014, 05:51 PM   #2
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Looking good so far.

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The kitchen was more interesting. I had to cut part of the patio concrete out to pour the new foundation. And the block wall to the rear of the home is actually on the neighbor's property behind us. I didn't want to tie the structure to that wall, so I only tied into the office wall and our wall on the far side of the patio.




Shingles over tar-paper over plywood is the roof, with a generous overhang. When we decided to build an inset for the fridge, that opened up the kitchen area quite a bit... so I decided to steal about 5 feet of the extension for a tool room.


A couple of coats of stucco, trying to get things ready for any possible rain.


Then started on the inside of the kitchen


Still need to hang the doors on the under-sink cabinet, but that'll wrap up the kitchen
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Once we got some paint on the outside, it started looking less like chaos and more like an addition. I still need to prep and paint the toolroom door and then start refinishing the block wall on that side of the patio... guess that'll keep me busy for a while.


Naturally, the wife couldn't wait 'til I was done with everything... she had to start bringing in furniture as soon as there was a place to put it.



That's the LAST time I let her sneak up on me without lookin' busy!
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Thanks, WoW. I can't say it wasn't nice to get out from behind the computer and get my hands dirty again... I was gettin' fat & sassy...
now I'm skinny and sassy!
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I like the arched window---I think your design is clean looking---
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Thanks, Mike. The window I put in the kitchen was removed from the office window, leaving that arch above. Here's what it looked like after removing the window and cutting out the wall.
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It looks very cozy and well made.

Sooo did you find a renter?
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Looks great, maybe that is what I need to slim down some. LOL
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It looks very cozy and well made.

Sooo did you find a renter?
We haven't listed it yet, but the University is just on the hill above us, and the new semester starts in January. There's always a rush to find housing for both students and staff, so I imagine it'll move fast. Nice to be able to be selective. Singles only, preferable women, no kids, pets, drugs or wild parties
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Looks great, maybe that is what I need to slim down some. LOL
I had a pretty good paunch when I started, Jim, so I can recommend it. I suspect it was breaking up all the concrete and block that got me back down to a shape that didn't make dogs howl and children cry.
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Looks good!

I know how wife's can be. Mine was painting walls before I even had the bath tub in when we recently remodeled the bathroom. I asked her how many times she thought I would hit the wall with the tub before it was set. That answer my friends was a heck of a lot!
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We haven't listed it yet, but the University is just on the hill above us, and the new semester starts in January. There's always a rush to find housing for both students and staff, so I imagine it'll move fast. Nice to be able to be selective. Singles only, preferable women, no kids, pets, drugs or wild parties
If your laws are similar to the ones here, don't say that too loud.

You can't "prefer" women over men and you definitely can't exclude someone because they have kids.

Now, of course, that's just "officially"...you CAN, just make something else up to tell them.
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This is at our "retirement" place in Mexico, jproffer, so not an issue, in terms of gender, kids or pets. Sexual preference, political affiliation or criminal record, however, can't be a factor in acceptance... go figure! You'd think that by now, they'd have at least eliminated gender preference. But it's common to pass factories down here with signs saying things like "Hiring machine operators, feminine, 16-30 y/o, citizen".
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You're lucky to have such a clever wife who thought of this. It looks great.


(But sh'e lucky to have such a handy husband)

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