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jegolopolli 08-24-2010 08:41 PM

My house remodel
Hello, this is my first post here, sorry its not in the introduction section, but this seemed better off here.

So, my girlfriend and I are about to move into a house this weekend that I have been working on since April. Her parents bought it and they are going to rent it to us to a nominal fee.

A little background on the house. It is located in Chicagos Northwest suburbs and was purchased at a very good price. 2 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms, living room, dining room, breezeway, foyer, full unfinished basement and a 1.5 detached car garage. The house was built in the 1920's.

They covered the costs of this remodel and I provided most of the labor, minus the plumbing and electrical.

A little background on myself, I am a glazier by profession but am fluent in the ways of carpentry. I am by no means a professional but I do take my time to try to do things right, so please go easy on me:wink:

Anyways, on to the pictures. Ill try to keep this organized for your viewing pleasure and separate each room to its own post.

jegolopolli 08-24-2010 09:07 PM

This was the most extensive as it was all torn out to the studs. The bathroom was remodeled sometime in the 50's and then things added periodically until we got the house.

The tiles on the wall are plastic. There were two doors going into the room, one coming from the master bedroom which I removed as you can walk an extra couple feet to get in through the normal door and we need extra storage space.

The soffit above the tub was removed to make the room appear larger with its 9' ceilings. we kept the tub as it was an odd ball size and would have been expensive to get a new one (gf and her parents wanted to keep a tub there).

All new electric was installed in this room as well as new copper in the entire house.


This is the door that was removed. Note the little storage cubby to the left of it, that went through the wall and into the closet in the master bedroom taking up even more valuable space.

Some demo, Note in the first picture there is a small section in the wall where the vanity used to sit. This was framed in with a straight wall:

Framing (I was orignally going to float a new cailing below the old one but after I started I (along with the electrician) decided to tear it down:

This is where the door was:

Drywall and durock:

jegolopolli 08-24-2010 09:08 PM

More bathroom
More finish type work. The upper section of the cabinet I built will have two glass shelves that have yet to be installed:

jegolopolli 08-24-2010 09:09 PM

The plumbing was center with the vanity, hindsite, I know. So I had to do some finaglling to get it to work. The drawer size was ok, the problem was the rail that the drawer sat on was right into the drain pipe. So to remedy it I first removed one of the rails for the top drawer and cut it down so it ended at the same spot the drawer ended. I then removed the rail and wheel from the drawer and also cut it back. Then I cut a 1x12 piece of pine down to act as a support for the drawer rail and screwed both the top and bottom drawer rails to the wood.

More stuff installed:

And thats it for now, Ill post the final pics of this room sometime next week after its 100%.

jegolopolli 08-24-2010 09:24 PM

Now onto the kitchen.

In here the cabinets were kept and sanded and stained.

Counter tops kept.

Appliances all kept.

Some new electric on half of the kitchen, plumbing wall side, opposite of bathroom.

New tile, base, shoe and crown.

A lot of cabinets did not match and were completely removed.

Before shot, not that great of a pic, sorry:

Before and after sanding:

Into drywall:

More progress:

Unfortunately these are the only pics I have for now of the kitchen. Ill get the finished pics up sometime next week.

jegolopolli 08-24-2010 09:31 PM

This is the spare room.

It got a lot of work done. This room was a dark pit of despair and is now a bright and welcoming place.

I wanted to remove this closet completely but couldnt because the bottom of it is covering the ceiling for the stairs into the basement, so I instead built it out for a decorative storage area. I also framed out what was the bakc wall of that closet and tunred it into another nook for a glass shelve and decorating.

jegolopolli 08-24-2010 09:34 PM

More spare bedroom:

Paint, pergo and trim:

Closet build out:

jegolopolli 08-24-2010 09:41 PM

Now onto the master bedroom.

This is the door that went into the bathroom:

Paint and other stuff:

Trim and closet build out:

jegolopolli 08-24-2010 09:46 PM

These are stairs that lead from the backdoor into the kitchen going up and the basement going down.

The tile goes straight into the kitchen (and it turns out I did have a couple more recent kitchen shots as well):

no1hustler 08-24-2010 10:09 PM

Wow, great job so far!

shumakerscott 08-26-2010 03:09 PM

I want the beads and paneling back :yes:. Good job, dorf dude...

CZSteve 08-28-2010 10:16 AM

Excellent job.

GDV 09-14-2010 12:04 PM

I have to say - that's some pretty neat tiling work you've done there, especially on the staircase! Great colour choice as well.

Don from Garage Door Vancouver

Gary in WA 09-14-2010 01:21 PM

Nice work! A pedestal sink may have worked better to reach the tub controls and drain. With the double wall it would be easy to recess the medicine cabinet, the light fixture above would be more effective. Or just change the type of light fixture now that will extend off the wall past the m.c. The stairs had the required nosing (3/4") min., be careful on them now with less tread depth.
Photo 13: Accurate tile work, looks quality!


Jim F 09-14-2010 09:37 PM

Nice work and nice orderly pictures. You were wise to keep the old tub. They don't make that style anymore and a durable cast iron tub will last many years beyond your average fiberglass. What is odd about the tub size?

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