February 10, 2014

The Renovation


This post could also be called "why Tool Snob doesn't get updated on a regular basis anymore." For the past two years, I've been heavily involved with fully gutting my house and adding a good-sized addition to it. Things are coming to a close...tons of painting left to do, some trim, and one more bathroom to tile. That may sound like a lot, but it's about 0.0000000000000034% of what I've been through already.

I've been planning all kinds of renovation posts...before and after...MVP tools...my general advice if you're thinking about undertaking a massive-scope renovation...but it will take some time to put those together. So instead, here are a bunch of photos I took.

Above is the day the insulation guys showed up. There's plenty more after the jump.


Here's the perimeter drainage, which we completely re-did. With the fieldstone foundation, there was a lot of water infiltration. Now, between French drains and a gutter system that spills into an underground maze of dry wells and piping, things should be taken care of.


So seriously, if you ever renovate or even open up a wall for any reason, do yourself a favor and take a million photographs just like this one. Spend an entire day if you have to and map out your entire house with a tape measure and a camera. These photos are totally invaluable. Need to hang a shelf six months later..."oh gee, wasn't there a pipe around here somewhere...or was it the big wire that feeds the garage with 100amps pumping through it?" I can't stress enough how useful photos like this are.


Those black bars are holding the staging against the house, so this photo should give some idea as to how long the staging was actually up. When I finally got around to the finishing touches, this nest took like three cans of hornet killer to take care of.


Here's my kitchen. Pretty sweet, huh? This was a while ago, during phase one (gut and renovate the existing structure).


And this is the same kitchen, late last summer (in the above picture, the Bosch box is below the window on the right). This is what happens when I tile a backsplash. Notice the beer bottles.


While I was tiling, I was visited by these friendly critters. They were just sort of nibbling their way through the lawn and into the woods.

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at February 10, 2014 7:23 AM
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damn impressive, well done Sir!

Posted by: Kevin at February 12, 2014 7:47 PM

Good luck with the punch list. That's always the hardest part for me on my own home projects. Looks great so far.

Posted by: jeff_williams at February 12, 2014 9:38 AM

Wowser. Pretty amazing. Can't wait to see the wrap up!

Posted by: Jay Brewer at February 11, 2014 8:27 AM

Looking good Doug! I know what it's like nearing the end of these larger projects - keep at it!

Posted by: Joe "the Pro" Sainz at February 10, 2014 10:26 AM
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