Spinoff: Housing upgrades/changes.

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Spinoff: Housing upgrades/changes.
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Wed, 10-30-2013 - 7:13pm

The other thread just makes me curious.  How long ago did you buy your house, and what upgrades/changes have you done to it since you purchased it? And what else do you need or want to do?

 

We bought ours in Jan of 2007.  As part of the contract, the previous owners added a new balcony upstairs, a new shower enclosure in the master bath, and repainted The Boy's room.  When we moved in we repainted the rec room, added a gas line in the kitchen, put in a new gas stove, and a new refrigerator.  Since then we have repainted The Girl's room, the downstairs bathroom, the guest room, and the master bedroom; put in new carpet in the downstairs and on the stairs; put in a new patio; put in a new sidewalk and redid the front porch; took the (godawfully ugly) wallpaper out of the kitchen and repainted; and put in one new AC/heating unit (we have two-zone heat/air). 

The most pressing things we need to do are put in a storm shelter (in progress, due to a FEMA grant) and have some work done on the ducts.  Other things we want to do are replace the kitchen floor, repaint/reface the kitchen cabinets, and redo the countertop.  The kitchen is structurally sound and has a great workflow - it's just ugly.  We'd also like to have new gutters - again, functional, just not very pretty.  Oh, and we have a dead tree in the backyard that needs to come down (stupid drought).

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Wed, 10-30-2013 - 7:59pm

We bought in 1998.  Initially all we did was paint.

In 2002 we replaced the vinyl in the kitchen/dining and bathrooms with ceremic tile and the carpet in the living/family room with wood.

3 or 4 years ago we had a couple of trees removed.  One was giving us problems with our sewer and the other was too close to the house and damaged our roof.  We also had a new rooof put on. 

Last year we did a fairly major ungrade.  Moved into a hotel for three weeks while it was being done. 

Exterior painted and some repairs done.

Had all of the interior painted except for the three secondary bedrooms (we had painted them when the DDs moved out).   New flooring except for the bathrooms.   Carpet in bedrooms,  ceremic tile in kitchen/dining room/entry,  wood in living/family and hall ways.  

New tile on the fireplace surround and hearth.

Had some light fixtures replaced.  One that I hated the entire time we lived here. 

Alll of the appliances including the air conditioner and heater have been replaced at one point in the 15  years we have lived her.

Next on our want list is the kitchen although we are not in agreement of what exactly. My biggest wish is better lighting, if not too costly a sky light.  The kitchen is in the middle of the house and I have to have a light on to work in there no matter what time of day.  We have a counter at bar stool height that I think the intention is to eat on but we have never used it for that purpose as it is too narrow.  i would like to get it widened  and lowered to chair height. 


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Wed, 10-30-2013 - 9:17pm

Moved in home in 1995-leased for 1 year, bought home in 1996.

Outside: new siding, new roof, new gutters and leaders, new windows, new driveway, pavers up the driveway, new paver steps and pavers to the backyard. 

Inside: gutted kitchen and dining room area, new stairs to the basement, new boiler, new hot water heater, painted the entire house (dd's room twice), new floor in bathroom, took down shower doors in bathroom, got new carpet, ripped up carpet-kept hardwood, got new wall to wall carpeting in livingroom and hall. The rest just furniture, decorative and cosmetic things. 

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Wed, 10-30-2013 - 9:18pm

Oh forgot AC's (just bought a new one this summer), 2 sets of washer and dryers.

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Wed, 10-30-2013 - 9:20pm
Oh, and the seller paid for half the new roof at the time of sale.

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Wed, 10-30-2013 - 9:26pm

Curious, but what's the FEMA grant for a storm shelter?

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Wed, 10-30-2013 - 9:30pm

emptynester2009 wrote:
<p><span style="font-size:medium">We bought in 1998.  Initially all we did was paint.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:medium">In 2002 we replaced the vinyl in the kitchen/dining and bathrooms with ceremic tile and the carpet in the living/family room with wood.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:medium">3 or 4 years ago we had a couple of trees removed.  One was giving us problems with our sewer and the other was too close to the house and damaged our roof.  We also had a new rooof put on.  <br /></span></p><p><span style="font-size:medium">Last year we did a fairly major ungrade.  Moved into a hotel for three weeks while it was being done. </span></p><p><span style="font-size:medium"> Exterior painted and some repairs done.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:medium">Had all of the interior painted except for the three secondary bedrooms (we had painted them when the DDs moved out).   New flooring except for the bathrooms.   Carpet in bedrooms,  ceremic tile in kitchen/dining room/entry,  wood in living/family and hall ways.  </span></p><p><span style="font-size:medium">New tile on the fireplace surround and hearth. <br /></span></p><p><span style="font-size:medium">Had some light fixtures replaced.  One that I hated the entire time we lived here.  <br /></span></p><p><span style="font-size:medium">Alll of the appliances including the air conditioner and heater have been replaced at one point in the 15  years we have lived her.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:medium">Next on our want list is the kitchen although we are not in agreement of what exactly. My biggest wish is better lighting, if not too costly a sky light.  The kitchen is in the middle of the house and I have to have a light on to work in there no matter what time of day.  We have a counter at bar stool height that I think the intention is to eat on but we have never used it for that purpose as it is too narrow.  i would like to get it widened  and lowered to chair height.  <br /></span></p><p><span style="font-size:medium"><br /></span></p>

I only see problems with water leaking with a sky light.  But I'm a pessimist when it comes to home repairs and it's not my house.  I hope you check the floor can support a wider island. 

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Wed, 10-30-2013 - 9:30pm
Our city applied for a FEMA grant and was approved. So I can install a storm shelter and receive reimbursement for 75% of the cost up to $2000. Basically a storm shelter will now cost me about $1000 instead of $3000.

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Wed, 10-30-2013 - 9:36pm

savcal2011 wrote:
Oh, and the seller paid for half the new roof at the time of sale.

Good negotiating there.

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Wed, 10-30-2013 - 9:37pm

savcal2011 wrote:
Our city applied for a FEMA grant and was approved. So I can install a storm shelter and receive reimbursement for 75% of the cost up to $2000. Basically a storm shelter will now cost me about $1000 instead of $3000.

$3,000!!  Does it have cable? I mean, how long do you and family really have to hang out in an underground concrete bunker before the storm passes?  20 minutes tops.  Sheesh.

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Wed, 10-30-2013 - 9:46pm

We have owned our home for over 30 years.  We have repainted or wallpapered all the rooms, some more than once.  The appliances and counter tops in the kitchen have been changed out, more than once.  Bathroom fixtues have been changed out more than once.  New roof a couple of times, new gutters, new stuff under the dormer windows, new patio, work in the yard and on the pool including expanding the pool deck, new boiler, new hot water heater...lots of stuff, as needed or wanted.  I think the only room in the house I really haven't touched much besides a paint job is dh's office, its all wood and really is in excellent shape.

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