February 10, 2014

The Renovation

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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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Recent Comments

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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