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    My MESS of a house.

    We bought a house a wile back. It may be the cheapest free standing house in north shore Massachusetts (that still doesn't make it "cheap" priced out here by the beach are asinine!!). Its a cure little place. built in the 20's as a cottage, registered to the town as being an actual residence with an address in 32.. the original structure is solid. The rest of the house is made up of many additions, most of wwhich where previously porch.

    We wanted to level the kitchen floor.. talk about a "rabit hole" (literally)

    Well....... that lead to this..

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    Well isnt that fun... So as the guys are working in this, the chimney decides it no longer want to hang around..

    This is what i saw when i got up this morning. That square is being pulled into the wall as the chimney tips into the living room.. . Not good!
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    So we had to do the chimney delete mod...

    Don't spend money and buy, spend time and learn.

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    So they ran the vent pipe outide the house today and continued framing out the new floor..

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    While thta happens we are stripping the shake siding off the wall to the mud room, which apparently used to be the outside wall.. And we learned that they were already removed and reinstalled once before. kinda cool
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    You can see the marks from removing the old nails..


    Here is the upside IMG_20221126_203235.jpg your 12 year old gets to play in the sand...
    Don't spend money and buy, spend time and learn.

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      #3
      Ooof, that remodel has Tom Hanks and Shelley Long written all over it.

      Hope it's a good family project and not a sore spot.

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        #4
        Good luck, hope it goes with very few hiccups/surprises.

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          #5
          Originally Posted by Maritime View Post
          Good luck, hope it goes with very few hiccups/surprises.
          It's nothing but hiccups and surprises..... Everything costs double. Everything...
          Don't spend money and buy, spend time and learn.

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            #6
            Originally Posted by tian647 View Post
            Ooof, that remodel has Tom Hanks and Shelley Long written all over it.

            Hope it's a good family project and not a sore spot.
            It's a good family project. The contractor is literally family. Been my close close friend since third grade, been at every family parts for 30 years.. so at least I know I'm not getting screwed. But he also does shit by the book, which means when you uncover something that isn't up to code it has to be fixed, which is where a bunch of the extra cost comes in...

            But we plan on staying in this house forever, or at least keeping it forever (if we were to move we would rent it out) so we don't want bubblegum and duct tape patchwork in here.

            But man, just the cost of that chimney coming out could have bought me a very nice Turbo Coupe and a race bike.

            All said done, still cheaper than rent around here..
            Don't spend money and buy, spend time and learn.

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              #7
              Currently watching a gang of guys (listening to very loud Spanish music) frame up my new garage.

              I am a serious DIYer, I redid both bathrooms and the basement, in addition to replacing all the supply-side plumbing and 1/2 the electrical all by myself. That said, I learned pretty quickly that outside projects which are weather dependent are not good for a weekender.

              I hate having contractors, they are generally careless and inconsiderate with their collateral damage, but it sure is nice sitting in here and watching for a change!

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                #8
                Fixing it right the first time is the way to go if you plan on sticking around. It's the right thing to do for future Andy for sure, lol!
                88 Blue Hawk GT - Under construction but rideable (guest approved)
                89 BlackHawk 2.0 - On the lift and being assembled
                90 Hawk GT (color as to yet be determined) - Still on the shelf in crates

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                  #9
                  Originally Posted by tian647 View Post
                  Ooof, that remodel has Tom Hanks and Shelley Long written all over it.

                  Hope it's a good family project and not a sore spot.
                  I remember that movie. One of the worst movies ever. The Money Pit.

                  Brian - Richland, WA
                  1991 Hawk GT
                  1997 VFR

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                    #10
                    Progress, slow, steady, expensive, progress..
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                    Today they gave got strapping on the ceiling.


                    Some days I walk in and thing "damn, they got a lot done." Others it's more like "wait, three if you, all day.... Did what?"

                    But I trust them.
                    Don't spend money and buy, spend time and learn.

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                      #11
                      Its a cure little place. built in the 20's as a cottage, registered to the town as being an actual residence with an address in 32.. the original structure is solid. The rest of the house is made up of many additions, most of which where previously porc
                      This describes an old family cottage we vacationed at in Duxbury, MA. I actually loved the old structure (was originally a small barn) and how it was pieced together. New England has some old structures for sure.

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                        #12
                        I'm not familiar with your regional clima and build methods (europe is more concrete) but i don't see insulation. Didn't you have cold winters? And what's with insulation for noise reduction? On the roof. And would it be better to have a layer of gravel on the soil so animals can't dig holes and made a home under yours? A lot of space warm and dry under the floor...

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                          #13
                          My guess is there is a 4' frost wall and then filled in with earth so he doesn't need insulation under the floor, but walls and attic will need it.

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                            #14
                            If you look at the last picture you can see the insulation (green stuff) in the floor. Its foam board and it goes in last before the floor goes down. under that there isa vapor barrier between the dirt and the air gap, and surrounded by foundation thats sinks a few feet un the ground under all the walls. None of the ply on the floor is installed, just set there for them to walk on while they work.


                            Foundation is in different parts and done differently depending on when that part of the house was built. under the main rooms there is a basement. Under the kitchen just that crawl space.

                            ITs nuts. THis house is insane.
                            Don't spend money and buy, spend time and learn.

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                              #15
                              Today..

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                              Don't spend money and buy, spend time and learn.

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