August 21, 2006


family_rm02.jpgSo, I've changed my mind on a couple of updates. In the kitchen, I've decided to go for a Marmoleum countertop for the one side. On the other side, which is only about 30" wide, I will have butcher block installed. I am still wavering on basement flooring though. It's between bamboo, cork, or laminate. I also am trying to decide on whether or not the knotty pine walls in the basement should be painted. I think it would substantially brighten it up down there. I think it all depends on the flooring. We shall see!

Posted by actionhero at 02:57 PM

Bidding War

So, I am still waiting on two of my three bids before I can move forward with my loan and lock it down. Once I get the bids, I will then have to get an appraisal and then I can schedule the start of the construction. I am a little worried that I won't be able to do everything that I want to do, but I have no idea what these bids will come in at. I want to have at least $10,000 as my backup fund, in case any unforeseen costs arise.

The gas was piped up last week and my new meter was installed. That means my furnace and tankless water heater can be installed. My HVAC contractor is ready to install next week, but I'm not sure I am. I also am waiting for a second bid to decommission my oil tank. The total cost of the new furnace, water heater, and decommissioning will come out to approximately $7200.

Posted by actionhero at 02:27 PM

Future Updates

Bathroom Update List

    •Install fan, move switch
    •Replace vanity lights
    ASP - Curved Profile Wall Bracket, $54, American Fluorescent
    •Replace counter and backsplash with 3/4" penny round tile in white, Ann Sacks
    •Refinish sink
    •Replace faucet
    Bancroft Monoblock Lavatory Faucet, $189, Kohler
    •Re-enamel tub
    •Replace tile/remove handholds
    Capri, 3 1/2" round tile, white, $10.12/sf, Ann Sacks
    Mayfair 3" x 6" subway tile, white, $3.03/sf, Ann Sacks
    •Replace showerhead
    Triton® three-handle wall-mount valve trim, Kohler

Kitchen Update List

    •Replace faucet
    ESSVIK kitchen faucet with handspray, $89, IKEA
    •Refinish sink
    •Replace counter
    2" thick Corian in Glacier White
    Formica Chemtop2 in Brite White
    •Add subway tile backsplash in white

Basement Update List

    •Add second bathroom
    •New flooring/utility room-rubber flooring/other rooms-laminate
    RB Rubber
    •Waterproof walls
    •Switch out furnace to gas
    •Build shelves/built-ins/cabinets next to bathroom
    •Install fireplace door and finish hearth
    •Get rid of ceiling tiles, sheetrock over
    •Upgrade pipes
    •Upgrade electrical

Exterior Update List


Posted by actionhero at 12:51 PM