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« on: August 27, 2008 02:42:49 PM »

My boyfriend and I bought our first house together in March 2007. We've spent the last year and a half fixing it up... It's gone through a lot of stages, and so has our relationship!!! I've posted some of the work as it was completed on other threads... But here is the whole thing all together... To note: when we first bought the house, it had been used by 5 college students, so you can imagine the disrepair. They had tried to do a cover up job, but it was pretty lackluster. The walls were covered in the worst paint job ever, the carpets were beyond salvageable, the kitchen was a nightmare and the addition was sinking! Oy!

The Master Bedroom was the first room we tackled. We enlarged the closet door, and added an organizer. We painted the walls, and generally just cleaned it up a little.

I ripped out the carpeting in the second bedroom in a fit... Check out my post here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=203993.msg2175533#msg2175533

The last bedroom is now the computer room. We also put down new carpeting in the whole top floor. We redid the bathroom too. ripped up the linoleum and put in ceramic tiles. (using the tile cutter was one of the more frustrating jobs - mixing the grout was one of the most satisfying!).

Downstairs we updated the house with a uniform coat of paint, cleaned up the dinning room, and totally redid the addition and the kitchen.

See the kitchen reno here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=261627.msg2932000#msg2932000

And the addition (as we call it, the Florida Room!). This room was hella slanted, covered in ugly carpet tiles, and the walls were splattered with paint (Pollock this kid was not!).

My boyfriend used bottle jacks to host up the room (1/4 inch every day for 8 days) and poured concrete footings and made the whole thing super secure and insulated. It was by far the warmest room in the house last winter!

Then I pulled up the carpet tiles, painted the whole thing, we replaced the baseboards, and added the most beautiful pine floor ever. Our friend was opening a pub, and he had this great wide-plank flooring left over. Once we put it down, we loved it so much we couldn't stain it or cover it with anything, so we just rubbed in three coats of tung oil, and it turned out great. Water resistant but still so natural.

And last but not least, the exterior: We paved the driveway, filled out the bald spots in the yard, cleaned out the garden and painted the railings.

Phew. This weekend we're going to my parents' cottage for the first time this summer! We are going to sit on the dock and do ABSOLUTELY nothing for what seems like the first time in our entire lives!!! hahaha.
« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2008 03:12:01 PM »

I. Love. It.

Your post gives all of us future homeowners hope!

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« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2008 03:31:16 PM »

Gorgeous!!!  Cheesy

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« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2008 03:51:59 PM »

WOW! Fantastic job! & congrats!

« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2008 04:32:32 PM »

wow this is so beautiful Smiley your bathroom and florida room are my favs Smiley...
BTW where did you get the wall hanging ( on the same wall where plants are in florida room ) I love those but i am not sure where to get those from ( especially in US )
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« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2008 04:32:52 PM »

Its beautiful! You have amazing taste. I don't know if I could ever move after putting in all that work. Smiley Enjoy your weekend!
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« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2008 06:02:10 PM »

amazing job. i love it when people take a house that other people would pass over and turn it into a house that other people would kill over.

we got ours for a steal (considering the neighbourhood) and then upped the value by more than 20,000 just by pulling the ugly wood panelling out of the livingroom and replacing it with drywall. I can't wait to keep going like you guys have though! I would kill to be able to make my bathroom that fab. My bathroom doesn't even have a window. Yet you can hear people talking outside through the vent in there. It's pretty amazing.

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« Reply #7 on: August 27, 2008 06:13:33 PM »

Great job! You should be VERY proud......it's beautiful, all of it.

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« Reply #8 on: August 27, 2008 11:24:07 PM »

love your house. so clean, inviting and fun! i would love to live there. =P you did so much work but i'm sure it's so worth it in the end. congrats!

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« Reply #9 on: August 28, 2008 03:10:24 PM »

congrats- your home is beautiful!

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