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Old 11-24-2009, 01:44 PM   #1
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Well like many of us here, I bought my house not perfect for what I wanted. I closed on it in the beginning of October and within two hours the walls were already being prepped for painting and I was tearing the current carpet out. I've got a ton of plans for this place and have my whole next year already planned. So I'm going to use this thread to not only show off the work, but also be able to keep a journal/photo album of it.

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Bedroom #1. Half of the walls are T&G and the other half are drywall. Originally it had green carpet and white painted walls. Here are some before and after pictures.

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The upstairs bedrooms had carpet that had to have been 50 years old, was really squishy, and not tacked down at all. The walls were a very old looking tan color. We livened the upstairs symmetrical rooms up a tad.

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The kitchen still is and probably will be the least favorite part of my house. It has cheap cupboards, a vinyl floor, and just isn't setup well overall. It will eventually change but here's what we've made of it for now.

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I know there are quite a few that don't like T&G but it's something I fell in love with when we first saw this house. We haven't really done anything to this room except for put our couch in it and in the other corner a 52" LCD tv (no pictures of it yet).

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The other living room was not too bad, but had some amazing paint and carpet. The runners looked like a diarrhea color and the carpet was ruined from people bringing in firewood with their shoes on. Here's what we came up with, people have compared the new colors to that of a Burger King Hershey's pie.

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Here are some outside pictures of the house, we have some plans for this but haven't done too much yet.







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I don't have before pictures of the laundry room or bathroom but here are a couple pics now: (We really only painted the bathroom and replaced the mirror with a medicine cabinet. The laundry room is in need of being redrywalled so we just threw a new coat of paint on for now.)



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The biggest challenge since we moved in was the fact that we were moving 11 horses 45 miles away with no existing setup what-so-ever. So we made due with what we could so that we had things done before snowfall. Most of it is wood poles with hi-tensile wire. The minis setup is all wood though so they can't get out. We have a lot more plans for this next year and I hope to eventually have it all wood up by the house. Here are some pictures:







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Next year we will be also working on setting up the back of our property for the horses too. There's no water access or electricity out there "yet" though.

Here's the trail that leads back there:



And here's the barn in the backIt does need a little work as far as cloing it up a little more but it's in amazing condition and very well built)

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I don't have pictures of a lot that we've done, but I've been very busy with things such as new lighting fixtures, putting a furnace in with all of the duct work, installing a new fan, putting in my first washer and dryer, stove, etc. It's a lot different to have your own house to go home to everyday than it was when renting. But it always gives me something to do which is awesome.The biggest thing I have left to do this year is finishing the furnace. I still have to get the exhaust out of the house, wire it, and get the final ductwork done. Then I'll be having the propane company come out to switch it over. The last idiots decided it was an awesome idea to install flexible copper instead of black pipe so this has been another thing I've had to do lately. Anyways, as I get more done I'll take more pictures.
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How large is the property? I know how you feel about having your own place vs renting. As you settle in you will see things with a different eye and then think "I could change this or that." Next thing you know it will be torn up and getting a complete make over. Just remember it will take 3 times longer and cost twice as much as you planned. Good luck, dorf dude...
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How large is the property? I know how you feel about having your own place vs renting. As you settle in you will see things with a different eye and then think "I could change this or that." Next thing you know it will be torn up and getting a complete make over. Just remember it will take 3 times longer and cost twice as much as you planned. Good luck, dorf dude...
14 acres and it's about 60% wooded, 40% fields. The woods have quite a few trails already put in them that we're going to clean up really well next spring. Can't wait! Kind of sucks that we got this right before winter, but leaves me a lot of time to plan for next summer.
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Replaced this awesome kitchen sink and faucet:





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