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The littlest house – Finished Part 2.

Before I get started, this is my 300th post! I’ve been blogging since July 4th, 2010. This marks my fifth year out here on the internet. Welcome to my public journal… of sorts. I’ve definitely written more than 300 posts but a few have gotten lost along the way. No matter, today is the official big 300. Woohoo! Now back to business;

Continued on from last weeks post where I did a recap of the outside, sunroom and bedroom. Here’s the rest of the house. There’s two pictures of me in here too, just to prove I really did stuff 😉 most of the time I was the picture taker of projects I was working on so…

Kitchen

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This room was bad, really bad, but I didn’t gut it or change the layout much. There was an interesting looking green stove and fridge in there that were spray painted silver. I got rid of them on day 1. The entire kitchen was nicotine stained and disgusting. I degreased everything. Put in a new ceiling and and new drywall on 2,5 walls. My father tiled the floor. I bought new appliances, used a leftover piece of counter top my parents had that happened to fit perfectly. My dad tiled the backslashes, I cleaned up the sink, had a plumber in, filled a lot of holes, repainted, installed new hardware and under cabinet lighting. Despite being small I really like the kitchen and I love the original sink.

Livingroom

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I installed all new trim, but left the boston headers and the trim around the door… isn’t it gorgeous? I added chairrail and laid new flooring overtop of the original pine flooring. Since my dad did the tile pad in the corner for the woodstove he helped me with the laminate flooring cuts. I originally had some sort of terracotta on the bottom half, repainted the walls all one uniform colour before settling on the limey-muted yellow and grey on the bottom. I’m happy with how it turned out.

Stairs

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This was probably the only straightforward project in the house. These stairs run from the livingtoom to the top half story, a large bedroom. It took a lot of work to get these refreshed, a lot of sanding and sealing stuff off, a very smelly house but with a very satisfying result. It’s also oddly the term i get the most hits for on the blog: “refinishing pine stairs” does nobody else blog about this stuff?

Upstairs bedroom

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I put in a subfloor, installed laminate, new trim. Degreased and painted the pine ceiling and all the cabinetry, installed a new window in the front and built a cedar surround for the woodstove pipe. This room always gets nice and cozy when the stove is on downstairs since heat travels. The ceiling is a bit low, because it’s a half story but with lots of storage and the sun coming in from the south… I always liked this room. After finishing the bedroom downstairs I moved down there with all my stuff so it’s been sitting empty for some time now.

Last but not least…

The Bathroom

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This is the only room that I drew up some sort of plan for and did measurements before I got into tearing stuff out. It also took the longest, about two and a half orso years from start to finish. I was without a shower for several months, half of which I was able to take baths. I was without a toilet for a week at one point. This room had problems, insulation problems, plumbing problems and dryrot under the toilet.

I love how everything ended up with the exception of the border tile… a point of contention between me and my father who refused to install the plain white pennytile I picked up. So I ended up with armycoloured glass tile for the border. I love this bathtub. My parents are into flipping properties and generally they end up choosing the cheaper style, smaller tubs. I knew I was going to sell this house but I went with a deeper tub anyway. I never regretted it. I found one that was both slim and deep so it would take up less floorspace than the behemoth cast iron beast that used to be there, yet be nice for full-body baths. Everything in this room really is considering space, a pedestal sink, medicine cabinet, the toilet is more efficient and smaller (it was also a great deal for $50 as a display model… I think it was $50? It’s on the blog here somewhere.

I still go back to my house sometimes to have a bath, that last picture is exactly how I left it… with towels and toiletries there. The bathtub in the house I am now is the shallow kind so I don’t really like it. Well, that brings an end to the littlest house… all that’s left is for somebody to buy it. I don’t intend to move back, I don’t want to, I don’t think I can, just too many memories. Hey! Want to buy a house?

 

 

The littlest house – Finished Part 1.

This is going to be an image heavy post. On November 8, 2008 I took possession of my little house. In June 2014 I moved out and in September 2014 I put it up for sale. I currently live with my sister, renting a house that my parents purchased to fix up while I wait for my house to sell. I was going to do this post in one go but it turns out I have way, way too many pictures. I did so much, it’s hard to give a clear overview without missing too much or adding too much.

Exterior before and after

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The only exterior projects I did not complete were adding gutters and putting on a new roof. Someone is currently looking at purchasing the house and I’m holding off on the roof… I don’t exactly have money for it anyway and I’m hoping to get an offer. Stuff I did outside:

Landscaping, new floor, roof and siding on shed + moved it, installed patiostone paths around the house and to the front door. New doors, all new windows except the sunroom, built on an addition, got rid of the firepit, removed a dead tree, removed old deck and added a new one. Total cost? At this point I have no idea anymore


Old porch and newly built-on bedroom


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This is by far the largest project I did, the most time consuming, the one where I learned the most and the most expensive coming in at around 10-12k.. Stuff I did here:

The foundation under the old small porch had crumbled, I removed it, filled the hole and had a new bedroom built on. I had the framing, roof and shingles done by a family friend. I finished the interior insulation, heating, drywal, flooring, trim and paint myself. When I look back it’s like a blur… I didn’t know how to do half of it when I started and I’m still not sure I do now. The end result turned out great though!  I added about 130 sq ft to the house and once the bedroom was completed built the deck off the back. It was hard, it was lonely and expensive. I wouldn’t do it again on my own.

Sunroom (the room with all the windows in the front) turned laundry/mudroom

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The sunroom has always been my favourite room of the house, it’s bright in the summer and gets so nice and warm you feel like rolling up in a ball like a cat and just enjoying the sunshine.

I removed the old door, and the entire wall with the help of some friends. Some of the beams had rotten so part of the floor was replaced too. There used to be a window facing into the livingroom, at some point that was an exterior wall. I closed up the wall and drywalled over it to make room for the cabinets and washer and dryer. This room got all new electrical, drywal, trim, the washer and dryer were moved here after the old porch was demolished to make room for the new bedroom. My dad did the tile and vinyl on the floor and the bright squash colour was daring, I haven’t regretted it once! It’s done now… and I never got to use it!

Haha, alright, on to part #2. Check back in a few days 😛

A simple sunroom update

Back when I demo-d the old porch (old link) and replaced it with a bedroom, my washer and dryer were disconnected and moved to the front of the house in the sunroom, where eventually I wanted to hook them up.

Remember what the house looked like when I bought it?:

Way back in September 2008

Way back in September 2008

Destruction:

After the porch was ripped off and before the build

After the porch was ripped off and before the build

and after adding on a new piece:

October 2013. still a few things to do though

October 2013. still a few things to do though

The sunroom in the front is an uninsulated space, and the only room left that needs some significant work done. So, in the two years since I had that piece built onto the side of my house I’ve focused on other projects and the sunroom just kind of sat there. In fact, over time the sunroom became the only room in my house that was still a complete disaster, observe:

I'm not proud of this

I’m not proud of this

I’m not a hoarder by any means but when you’re renovating all parts of your house gradually. STUFF has to go somewhere. Stuff that’s in the way, tools, leftover pieces of dry-wal that shouldn’t be thrown out… and with no basement to store items I really have to store tools in my home, so gradually this space became a dumping ground. I wrote about it before but it wasn’t until this summer that I made one final attempt at really fixing it for good.

The bookcase in the back ended up in my bedroom for a while, I’ve now sold it. The shoerack is gone and at least half of the crap you see in this image has been decluttered, used up or sold. This left me with a fairly blank slate. Since it really doesn’t make sense financially to replace all the old windows and insulate this space right now I decided on a few quick cosmetic fixes. I painted the walls and installed blinds that I got halfprice at Home Depot earlier this summer. Then I hung melamine cabinets above the washer and dryer.

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much better!

While the ceiling still needs a lick of paint and a new floor wouldn’t hurt either, the space looks much more inviting and livable, and with doors on the cabinets, much less clutttered!

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the space in use

In total I spent about $200 on the blinds and the cabinets. The paint I already had from a former project. While this room still has far to go (the washer and dryer are still not actually hooked up, I’m doing laundry five minutes down the road at my parents) this room now fits the rest of my little house.

The bathroom is done (well except for some caulk and a wee bit of touchup paint), the livingroom is done and I have a new couch, I have one new bedroom and the other one has new trim and paint. The entire house has had new flooring and new paint over the past 4 years, new windows and insulation. Even the open dirt basement now has plastic and gravel in it. My little house is finally coming together, and I’ve managed not to go bankrupt. Victory! 🙂

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