1939 1.5 storey home renovation thread...
My GF and I bought a 1939 home here in Edmonton. It's approximately 1300 square feet, 3 bedrooms, two bathrooms. Located in a highly cool neighborhood. It's a second or third home for each of us, but neither of us has done a renovation like this before. My GF used to be a professional interior decorator and is quite handy. She has some connections still in the business, which is nice. I've more been a maintenance guy and work with computers all day. Used to do wood working in my garage, and looking forward to that again.
Anyway... When we bought the house, we knew it needed the kitchen redone. The previous home owners had damaged a wall trying to fit a fridge where it wouldn't physically fit, and the countertops were held together with electrical tape. Cabinets were not much better. We based our offer on that assumption.
However, as it turned out, the home inspection was pretty good except for one thing... The knob and tube wiring. Ugh. Every wall was going to have to get hit. Our options were to cut a strip around every wall, and up to every ceiling fixture and light switch, or we could take out all the lath and plaster, re-do the wiring, re-insulate (there was wood-chip insulation on the main floor), vapor barrier (nothing there now) and then drywall everything back up. We ended up deciding on Option B, as we think it will make the house more resellable in the future, as well as giving us a more comfortable house to live in now.
We started off with the plans to do the demo ourselves, and then bring in an electrician to do the re-wire, a drywaller to do the wall re-build, and have the kitchen installed by the people we bought it from. As we've gone through the budgeting and planning process, we came to realize that this would involve compromises that we'd prefer not to make, so we decided to undertake the work ourselves. I'll pull a home-owners permit to do the electrical, do the drywall installation, and we'll do the kitchen cabinet installation ourselves. We'll get someone in to do the mudding/taping/sanding of the drywall, and the countertops will be done by professionals. It's not ideal (We both work full time), but hey, what are you going to do? I'm looking forward to the process, and to being able to say (when it's all done) that "I did this". I say this now, before a hammer has been swung, though...
To wrap up the original post... We get possession in two days, and destruction will commence soon after that. Maybe this thread can enlighten and entertain... I'll save a couple of posts after this for before/after pics.