Home Remodel - Things That Make You Go "What?!?!"

We bought our house "as is" and even though we had a home inspector, we knew that there would be unexpected issues that would pop up. We have had our share of the unexpected, but thankfully nothing that was too pricey - just time consuming. We aren't as far as I had hoped we'd be at this point, but things are still looking great. Since it is almost completely DIY - we've been getting up early and leaving really late. My blisters have blisters and muscles that I didn't realize I had are sore - this house is definitely a labor of love.

Our first issue was the wallpaper. There was wallpaper on every surface(except for that one wall that had paneling). They had several layers on some walls, and they didn't prime walls before putting it up so it stuck to the Sheetrock. We did three rooms and with 10 people, it took a FULL day. We decided to simply pay someone that my uncles use to do the rest and replace the Sheetrock that we took down. It didn't cost as much as I thought it would and it has saved us weeks of time.

Our next discovery broke my heart! We took up the carpet on the first day to get rid of some of the pet smells and quickly realized that they had put the flooring on top of particle board that soaks up all of that water that the previous owner spilled from owning a million fish aquariums and also from her dog peeing. Not a big deal with the carpet, but we had hoped to finish all of the hardwoods and not worry about that part. Since it is on particle board, we had to rip up the hardwoods in the kitchen and den. The dining room and our master was built on the addition, so it will be saved and we will just refinish it to match the new hardwoods that we will be putting down. Gross, right?

I really hate our master bathroom. I don't need anything huge because I don't spend a lot of time in the bathroom, but I at least wanted a bathtub(it only had a shower and potty in that small room and then a vanity on the other side of the wall). We figured we would leave our bathroom as is and use the other two until we get around to it in the spring. Come to find out, the previous owner also used to have a ton of aquariums stacked in this bathroom and would close the door. The humidity caused all of this mold. Soo...our bathroom is getting redone now and I'm getting my tub!

Our master is part of the addition that they did many years ago. When taking out the vanity, we found this. This was no big deal, just a "what?!?!" moment.

We already knew about the Styrofoam beams. They were taken down one of the first few days and the ceilings were smoothed out and fixed Tuesday.

There was an old leak that had already been fixed in the 2nd master(the girls' room) and the floor in there had been repaired. The leak must have gone through to the other side of the wall into their room, because when we pulled up the sub-floor, we found this. Again, no big deal, just a little extra time to fix it.

It has been a ton of work, but it is really starting to come together and we even have paint on a few walls! Once we're done, it will almost be like a new house. :) Now that most of the demo is done, I will start giving room by room updates starting tomorrow. Stay tuned because I'll be showing pictures of the kitchen progress first.

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9 comments:

Shelly ~ Admin said...

I know exactly how you feel, trust me, I do! We have been doing the same thing as you for the past 3 months. It is taking a LOT longer to do ourselves than we anticipated!

We tored down vinyl lineolum that the previous owners of the house ran up & down on 3 walls in the kitchen, dining room and entryway. The worst part was...it's 25 to 30 years old linelum that they put up onto the walls using black tar! yes...tar! It took us 4 weeks to get down using a freaking heat gun. Terrible!

We tore these nasty pink and black ceramic tiles out of the guest bathroom and the tub in there looks like it was in WW 3...grosses me out! We got that bathroom gutted and waiting for our new whirlpool tub, toilet, sink and all fixtures to arrive.

It is AMAZING what you find in these old houses when you are demolishing them.

Deanna - Mommygaga said...

Whew! You have a lot of work cut out for yourselves! It's all worth it, your home will be gorgeous and just the way you want it!

Mudpiesandtiaras said...

I cannot wait for pics!!!!!

Teri M said...

So excited to see. What a huge project for you all!

Kim said...

oh wow what a job....my hubby would never go for buying a house "as is"....I know you are saving money though!!! Can't wait to see the finished pics!

Coupon Clippin Mommy said...

Wow that looks like such an undertaking. I'm sure it's fun to make it your own though with the small details. It sure sounds like the previous owner had a thing for fish :) Can't wait to see all the progress.

Jenny said...

That is so cool that you are able to redo the whole house. I'm sure those surprises were pretty annoying to come across!

Candace said...

Holy headaches! I do love a good fixer-upper though!

Anonymous said...

I can't make out what is shown where you removed the vanity from your master bathroom? Is that a water valve or hose bib? I can't figure out why that type of valve would have been used under a vanity and why it was located put there? Maybe it was an outside wall of the home at some time in the past?

Renovating is always full of surprises and the unearthing of (many times) poor construction.

Brad Thomas

Classic Clawfoot Tubs
http://www.classicclawfoottubs.com

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