Author Topic: The Great Home Renovation of 2019  (Read 545 times)


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The Great Home Renovation of 2019
« on: July 23, 2019, 08:20:00 AM »
I wasn't 100% sure whether to post this in Real-Estate & Landlording or Throw down the gauntlet....  But seeings as how this project will be very physically demanding, will drastically affect my finances, and will affect where I live it seemed like a gauntlet topic was the most appropriate. 

If anyone is doing their own renovation or thinking about starting a project post along with me! We can help motivate each other :)

This post is mostly a way to try and help hold myself accountable by writing about this project in a public place.  I've never done a project on this scale before and its definitely a little nerve wracking. I'll be posting pictures and videos of the project as I go so anyone who wants to can follow along with the progress :)

A little background on the project:
We are renovating a building that was built in 1904. Iíve been rooting for this project for quite some time, trying to will it into existence. First there were more urgent repairs needed to the outside of the building to prevent any long term damage to the structure. Those have been completed over the past 3 years. Then it was figuring out exactly the best way to pay for the massive project. Finally there was a long term lease standing in the way......But as of today we have cleared all of the hurdles mentioned above and we are ready to put the plan in motion!  :)

Its rare for me to feel such a draw to a specific project or direction in life.  Its hard to even find/see these types of moments often, and Iíve only felt this type of draw a few times in my life. I canít wait to get started! I canít wait for the rewarding feeling of returning a building that I love back to its former glory. I canít wait to see my wife's excited face when we dance around the newly completed rooms celebrating! I canít wait for all the hard manual labor to come. Iím looking forward to all the challenges and frustrations that surely await us with a renovation project like this.

I would love to be able to talk to to my late Aunt about this project as well, to show her the plans and show her how well her charity is running. This project should hopefully provide a huge boost to the charity, taking the charity from 1 unit to 3! I bet thatís why she visited me in my dreams last week, she is excited too! I was actually laying in bed a couple nights ago, thinking about something she told me on several occasions, Iím paraphrasing because unfortunately I never wrote this quote down when she was still here but it went something like:

ďWhen you find the right partner in life, and you marry that person it can put you in a state of nirvana. Life doesnít have to be a constant struggle, life actually becomes a fun journey with the right person. And if you can manage to find a wave that you both can ride together, preferably something that is meaningful and good for the world, then you can feel almost like your weightless.Ē

I definitely feel weightless right now.


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Re: The Great Home Renovation of 2019
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2019, 04:08:37 PM »
I'm going to follow along, because I loves me some house porn. Here's the house we just finished a studs-our remodel on. It's currently in escrow and we're looking for our next victim, er, project. Best viewing is to change to the large format. Oh, and if you get an update message, just ignore it. It will open anyway.

I'm happy to help in the motivation department.


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Re: The Great Home Renovation of 2019
« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2019, 04:47:59 AM »
I'll follow along too!  We are in the home stretch of an insane 3 year remodel that took our house basically down to the foundation.  We've passed many milestones along the way -- massive two story stone fireplace and chimney removed, foundation repaired, some walls reconstructed, all roof rafters rebuilt, new roof decking, doors, windows, kitchen.  The metal roof skin goes on next week, and that will feel like another big milestone.  We've done other renovations in the past, but nothing this big.  We've learned a ton.

I agree @belly05 -- There is something very special about renovating a building you feel a connection with.  Our literal blood, sweat, and tears are in this house now, and it feels alive.  I feel more 'at home' here than I ever have anywhere. 

Tell us more about your building.  Is this a rental property?  (You talk about 'units')?