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I'm new here, but not to DIY. I bought a second home back in Oct 2012, and have been working on it ever since. This home is 250 miles from my primary residence/place of work in Las Vegas. I do all the installs myself. Most of the decisions have been made on the fly. Very little was ever commited to paper. For those that have taken on these projects, you know where I'm coming from, and I applaud you. I'm almost done with the first floor.

The upper floor has been the main focus so far. The basement was livable(so was the first floor, but I wanted to change it). Approx sq ft is 3900, which includes both levels. 7 bd rm, 3 bath, 2 full kitchens, 2 laundry rooms.

It all starts with demo. Well, actually, new garage door openers were first. Easy access is important. Upstairs kitchen hauled off, knocked out a few interior walls, and pulled out all the flooring.
 

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Although I would try to work on each individual task(framing/MEP/dwall/paint/trim,etc) concurrently through all rooms, I guess I'll break this down by room, so its easier to organize.

Daughters bedroom. I decided to turn two of the smaller upstairs bedrooms into one, for my daughter. New space would be approx 270 sq/ft. Closed in a door, removed 2 existing closets, and cut a pass through in between the rooms. I'm an electrician by trade, so electrical work was straightened out as I went. A little mud, tape, and texture makes it ready for paint.
 

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My daughter is a young teen, so I kept the paint clean in her room. Simple white with a black accent wall, and trim. Accented the plugs/switches tuxedo style, just for something different.
 

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Had black carpet installed, and built her a closet finished off with mirrored wardrobe doors. Hung a TV in the corner of her sleeping side. Some metal wall art, and my part was done. She loves her room. :)
 

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Wanted the big window wall to be then focus of the room. Added a bunch of simple trim to frame it all out. Laid some new carpet, installed a 60" fan, and hung a 70" TV on the wall. One day we'll actually have furniture in there too. I dont have time for TV anyway. The girls watch TV downstairs. LOL
 

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Gutted it, and started from almost scratch. Moved a door to the master bedroom over 3', for more cabinet/counter space. Removed the "island". Added FG insulation for sound. Added dedicated circuits for all major appliances, and then some. Rock, tape, texture, and paint.
 

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The downstairs kitchen had some off then shelf hickory cabinets that we really liked. I laid these out on paper. Got them together, and it started to look like something.
 

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Measured out tops for my friends here in Vegas. They cut them, and I placed them over subtops, with a little help from a couple local kids. I'm glad I was on the tape when I measured. It was nerve wracking transporting the tops, knowing I measured these tops, and installing them. This isn't something I've ever done. Plumbed the sink, new disposer, hung a new micro/convection oven.
 

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Next was flooring, and back splash. Nothing fancy here either, but at least its new. Decided on an 18x18 porcelain set with a 50% running bond pattern. Mosaics laid in transition to foyer. Re-enforced subfloor, thinset, backer, thinset, tile, grout. I did use mastic for the back splash. It will probably get changed out someday soon. Thats as straight as I could get it at the time. Let it all set, and place/plumb the gas range, DW, and fridge. Trim out electrical.
 

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Kitchen is functional, but still have odds and ends. My wife, and daughter moved upstairs. Undercounter/overcabinet LEDs, other fixtures, window ledge, and finish trim for cabinets. To this day, I still have toe kick to install.
 

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It took me about a year of weekends to get to this point. There was also a foyer and hallway that I tiled out, more lighting, built a hall closet, painted a stairwell, paint/trim/new fixtures in master bedroom, and finished off another small bedroom.
 

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So at this point(around fall 2013), I think I see the light at the end of the tunnel. I'm pretty tired from my regular job, all this work, and commuting every weekend. My family is kinda sick of all the mess. Finances are crazy. Figure a little bathroom work, and I'm done. I had NO idea what I was in for. I've spent from then until now working in those 3 bathrooms. I'll continue with that a little later.
 

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We decided to ditch the existing shower/tub, and garden tub, and I'd build a large walk in shower. We have never been fond of bathtubs. Gut the room. Decide on a basic layout. Move the toilet flange over a few inches, and start framing. Shower is to be a little over 4' x 6', including a bench. Main head, rain head, and (4) body sprays. I installed the rough plumbing, and used some temporary heads to flow test. The 1/2" pressure balance valve, and supply lines wouldn't cut it.
 

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Since I knew 3/4" supply lines were under the floor, it wasn't a big deal to tap them, and bring them in the wet wall. Then I put in a new 3/4" thermostatic valve, ball valve shut offs, and (3) 3/4" volume controls for zone control. Did more flow testing. This worked.
 

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Finished off framing, rough plumbing, set blocking, and built the preslope for the floor. I'd decided on the old PVC liner, with liquid on the walls approach. I'd never done this before, so I went with what seemed the most DIY friendly techniques. Liner installed over preslope, folded/tucked in corners, dam corners at curb(yes, even on the outside), flood tested for 3 days. Good to go.
 

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Next was set the drain top, and mix/install the top mudbed. I was deathly afraid of leaks, and did more flood testing. Once with a plug to prove weep holes were clear, and another with a test ball down low to prove no leaks. Then I was ready to board. I framed out (4) sets of upper/lower niches in the walls. Little did I know how much work they would be throughout the build.
 

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