The wife went shopping for a friend

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  1. steviespark

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    Well my first post so hi to all,
    The wife went shopping for a friend and came back with this little project for are first house. So thought i would try to do a small blog of the work as we do it. So we get the keys in 4 weeks and the fun begins.

    http://www.diynot.com/network/steviespark/albums/
     
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    That certainly looks like a huge project! How much did you pay? Are you hoping to sell it on after you do the work? Looks like a repo place. They always look like hell holes after the hurried vacation of the tenants. Looked at a couple myself recently.

    It looks like most rooms need plaster off the walls and ceilings, stripped back to bricks and joists, rewire, replumb, check out all the fireplaces etc. Good luck! And why put down dirty rotten laminate flooring over such nice floorboards? :eek:

    Its something I'd love to get my teeth into one day, but nobody is very confident in the current market, and its a question of finding good tradesmen too. Though I reckon I could find everyone I need on here ;)

    I have just bought a house myself for £77,000. The vendor bought it 5 years ago for £91,500. He lost £14,500 in 5 years :eek: One year of that its been for sale! He moved out 6 months ago! I truely got a bargain :LOL:
     
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    Nothing that a good scrub and a coat of paint won't sort out. Obviously the previous owners had a bit of a taste bypass.

    And at least if you do it yourself you know it's done right.
     
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    How's it going Stevie!?
     
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    lots of nice period features, try and keep all those if you can..

    the outhouse at the side looks like it needs pulling down and rebuilding from the foundations.

    I'd get those roof alterations looked at, they've just cut through the cross beams ( purlins are they called? ) about half way up the roof, doesn't look like they've supported it..
     
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    Well the the adventure is about to begin got the keys today so skips start arriving tomorrow. Got some of my windows ordered today so at least its going to be secure. My mates are round to empty the house and knock a doorway through to ensuite, the utility(out house) is starting next weekend. The ceiling in the dormer is being dropped to see what has been done. The fire places are staying but the surrounds are being swapped to cast iron. Then its just a case of rewire, replumb, replaster, and a lick of paint. So let the fun begin
    I think this was the house jack started with :LOL:
     
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    so you never did say.. did your wife manage to buy a friend in the end?

    and where's this park of yours? do they allow dogs?
     
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    Well we have had two weekends at the house, so far its took 4 skips and 10 trips the tip just to get the crap out enough to start work.
    the utility has had the internal walls removed and the front wall has come down and been rebuilt just needs to be rendered and the new roof goes on this weekend.

    the garden has had a bit of a clear out the ground floor windows been replaced so the house is secure
    then the ensuite wall has been removed and a new doorway knocked through and a stud wall rebuilt so a bit of privacy.
    then the bonus of we have to start living in it this weekend and find some more diy horror this guy has done for us
     
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    Good Luck Pal, looks like a big but worthwhile job!
     
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    I hope those windows have saftey glass fitted. :eek:
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    Looks like a nice old house. Great proportions and nice stairs.
     
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    looks like you need a plasterer in m8te pm me if you need a hand
     
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    I feel your pain. Going through exactly same thing (perhaps not quite so large scale). Just had to move in, no lights or sockets in most rooms. boiler up back garden, mone pooring out of every known orofice and back to work this week. Gaaahh :LOL:
     
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    tis a beautiful looking house though!
     

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