Home-Renovation

The Most ANNOYING kinds of episodes on Property Brothers

Scenario 1:

“Hi I’m Husband and I’m a High School teacher, this is Wife, she’s a stay-at-home mom. We’re looking for a place in the city closer to work. Our max budget is $900,000

Me:

Scenario 2

“Our dream home is 3 floor detached with a view in the city with 5 bedrooms, open concept chef’s kitchen, an ensuite with a claw foot cast iron tub, marble countertops and fireplaces, all new appliances, high end finishes, high ceilings, and custom walk-in closets. Our budget is $75.”

Me:

Scenario 3

Jonathan: I always budget 10% contingency money.

Couple: Does that mean we can get our custom walk-in his and her closets?!

Me: 

Scenario 4

Jonathan: So this house is basically a blank slate. There are no walls so you can see everything, no kitchen , no finishes. The demo is pretty much done. And with the place at $500,000 market value, you have about $120,000 for renovation. You can pretty much do whatever you want.

Couple: …mmm I don’t know Jonathan… we’re not really looking to go through another renovation 

Me: WELL IT’S A GOOD THING YOU’RE ON PROPERTY BROTHERS

HISTORICAL REVISION “Twenty-five years ago, author Andrew Solomon called on designer Robert Couturier to help breathe new life intro a crumbling New York townhouse” - and the story is still being written.” - photography: Douglas Friedman - text: Andrew Solomon - styling: Martin Bourne - AD March 2017

  • “The Dome Room features a stone fountain from France and mosaics designed by artist Farley Tobin.”
Every home renovation show
  • <p> <b><p></b> <b><p></b> <b>Person doing renovation:</b> looks like everything is good, this reno should be quick, easy, and inexpensive<p/><b>Person doing inspection:</b> you've got termites, lead paint, black mold, asbestos, the electrical and plumbing are shot, the roof leaks, there's are human skull in the attic, and there's a drifter living in the basement<p/></p><p/></p><p/></p>

I really appreciate what they chose to call the video.

It could’ve been “MOVING?!” or “MOVING OUT!” or something else just as vague, some title that upon first glance could make you doubt and - just for a second - entertain the notion that maybe they’re actually going their separate ways and living in different places and that maybe it truly is the end of an era.

But no, it’s called “We’re Moving Out”. It’s simple - no all caps or exclamation points - just a title with one extra word that makes it abundantly clear that yes they are moving out together and no they don’t think it’s too big of a deal and yes they’re not planning on being apart any time soon, don’t worry.

“I split my time between a house in Lake Tahoe and my home in Los Angeles. In both, I spent money on things I wouldn’t have done in a spec home. I installed a massive solar-panel package that’s one of the biggest in L.A. You’d never do that on a house you’re going to sell, because it takes four or five years to get your money back on the investment. I wouldn’t have built a giant lagoon with a dive bridge and waterfall sculpted by the guys who do it for the San Diego Zoo. That’s a little too radical for some buyers, but I’m building a house I’m going to live in for the rest of my years. It’s about my taste and my desires.” 

- Jeremy Renner on how the homes he lives in are different from the ones he develops to sell

Damien Bloodmarch is a pillar of this community.  He’s the only person in Maple Bay I’ve met so far who has his shit together.

I realized as I was writing the tags that Craig also has his shit together.  They’re the two pillars of our community.  This community runs on Kale and blood.

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WINDOWS

Alright so….

For years (literally, since we moved in) my husband and I hated the fact that the acorn windows from the 80′s were really bad. The glass had fogged up, the seals were broken and some of them weren’t even double glazed–the outside pane had either cracked or was missing altogether. Earlier in the year we went and got an estimate for new windows and were floored to hear that the contractor wanted $3500 for each window plus an additional $2500 to install each one!!! The estimate he gave us was $88,000–most of which was windows. After some calculations, my husband and I went back to him with some math. So you mean to tell us that according to your own hourly rates it will take a crew of two men working eight hours each day a whole week to install a single window!!!? Yeah, we didn’t think so. Needless to say, we stopped working with this person. Clearly, he was not interested in our business. 

We then went to the local glass guy with our custom windows (the panes pop right out) and asked him if he could make new double glazed panes and seals–I mean that’s all that the windows needed. We didn’t really need new frames. Lo and behold, he did the work for $1600 for 6 windows, INSTALLED! 

Did we jump for joy? Hell yes, we did! 

We were so happy with those numbers that we added on the bedroom door which was a fogged up, air-leak of a disaster.

The windows look absolutely stunning now and we saved what… $86K bucks?. Gimme a break. Moral of the story here is…that people see a quirky house and they think you are rich and charge you like 100x the cost of everything. We’re getting creative in our problem solving around here.  

Batfam Reno

I feel like Cassandra would be really big on HGTV. It’d always be on at her apartment, and she slowly starts incorporating like little designs and pieces to everyone’s homes.
But she REALLY likes renovation. It is her thing. She loves demolishing things (with her overalls and big goggles and Bruce has to turn his head and cough-laugh into his handkerchief because she looks so cute).
And soon enough she buys a totally trashed house in Gotham (beautiful architecture but has seen better years) and now EVERYONE is part of the project. Dick just needs the promise that he can fix the roof and he’s sold. Jason and Cassandra favorite destruction, throwing each other into walls and ripping out floors. Tim likes to install outlets and fix the pipes, with his own set of nerdy goggles (and Bruce has to leave the room, because all his kids have goggles on due to Alfred’s insistence and it’s adorable). Damian has a toolbox and is weirdly good at carpentry. They once left to grab lunch and came back to a pristine set of shelves (and Dick dropped the food bags in shock and was freaking out, “Do you see how level they are?? Bruce, Bruce, Bruce, look. Look. Look at what your youngest made. Bruce.”)
And Bruce visited and was like “this is great, yeah, dust and dirt, fun” and was going to leave until Cassandra attaches herself to his leg (she’s like 5'4? everyone’s like “okay suuuuure Cass” but it’s a BIG maybe) and demands in a growl-y way that he stay because it is a “family project.” And Bruce can’t get the words out, he’s choking on laughter and trying to shake her off his leg but the little monkey girl is holding on tight and Tim has bolted the door so all he can do is nod while trying to subtly wipe the laughter-induced tears from his eyes.
Of course his amusement turns to adrenaline VERY quickly when Dick and Jason install a “Sliver Slide” which is basically wood planks on the stairs while they take a nosedive. And of course Jason falls through the stairs and ends up in the dark basement and they all look down at the gaping hole in concern and Jason calls out “The good Lord has spared me once again, hallelujah!” and the siblings respond with a resounding “Hallelujah!” and Bruce is panicked and glaring at Tim and Damian with a “don’t you even think about it” look while Dick and Cassandra crawl down the hole to investigate.
In the end, Bruce ends up taking care of the basement and bans the others due to their “inadvertent destructive nature.” He sighs very loud and acts very put-upon but he loves the work.
And when they’re in the final stages Stephanie and Barbara are invited and Barbara immediately takes over the garden and is like “hyacinths.” And Dick’s like “sunflowers!” and she’s like “shut up Dick no, hyacinths. Go work on the roof, this is my job” and spends the entire day in the garden getting soil on her hands and ends up sunburnt so Dick gets her a ginormous sun hat with a yellow ribbon. And she looks so cute, with a red nose and freckles but her eyes crinkle with silly happiness and she smells like soil and flowers and when Jason bothers her one too many times she dumps a full watering can of water on him and they both laugh.
Meanwhile Stephanie is inside on the VERY IMPORTANT task of painting and interior decorating. She has like a gazillion paint swatches and pins like eight of vastly different shades on the wall because Cass can’t decide and the boys are no help. And Steph and Tim get in rousing arguments about the color blue (nobody understands, something about cerulean vs cobalt and how “it’s not a dAMN BACHELOR PAD TIM” and he screams back that cerulean is a beach color suitable for the Caribbean “but WE’RE IN GOTHAM CITY IF YOU HADN’T NOTICED” and it gets worse and worse and they get louder and louder until they start swiping paint on each other and then everyone joins in and it’s WAR.
After a while Bruce hears thumping sounds and comes up the stairs to see the group of young adults and one child completely covered in paint. Damian’s nose is forest green. Stephanie’s hair is a sticky rainbow. Tim’s complete face is a offending cerulean and there are Dick’s body outlines on the walls. Jason has built a fort and Cass has stolen all the supplies and hides behind their barricade with a smirk, waving the merchandise. The others complain and don’t notice Bruce until there’s a click and they whirl around to see him snapping pictures. Stephanie shrieks and tries to fix her hair and Tim goes to take the camera “you’re not doing it right, oh my gawd look at how you’re holding it you monster” but Bruce just catches him up by the collar and Tim dangles there and Bruce laughs and takes pictures with one hand while Cassandra models with a roller, splotches of red on her hair and cheeks.
In the end they stand outside the finished product and look at their beautiful house renovation. And everyone sighs as the “FOR SALE” sign is slammed into place, happy but a little sad too.
Until Cass shows up at Bruce’s office in overalls with a house address and is like “guess what I bought?”

Bathroom Update: It’s still not done.

Because we’re doing so much of the renovation on our own, it’s expected that it would take this long but geez, I’d really like for it to be finished up by now. We started this project mid-January.

BUT, we have come SO far, so I’m happy to take a moment and just appreciate that. The vanity is finally in, after needing to pay for pipes to be moved, the mirror is up, the light is in, and once the new towel ring is delivered (the tiniest little screw is missing from the one laying by the sink) this corner is done!

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How to Remodel Beautifully and Economically

Homeowners often mistakenly believe that when it comes to home remodeling, quality and expensive are synonymous with each other but that isn’t always true. There are plenty of home improvement projects, upgrades, and tips that will allow you to remodel and redecorate beautifully without breaking the bank. Here are just a few.

First, set a budget

Arguably the most important step to a budget-friendly remodel is setting a budget. It’s so important, in fact, that it should always be the first step. Even if you’re just looking at potential projects and doing some shopping around for materials, if you haven’t set a budget yet, you will end up spending more than you wanted to. So decide upfront how much you can afford to spend on your remodel and fix that number in your mind. When you move onto the next step, don’t keep upping your budget as you find projects you want to do but can’t afford.

Do your research

With a dollar amount in mind, you’re prepared to start doing your research. The internet is a great resource because it’s free and can give you an unlimited number of ideas. Find things you like and just make a list of everything you’d do if money wasn’t an issue. Next you can start estimating costs. If you’ve got projects that will need to be done by a contractor, you can set about getting some estimates. For DIY projects, you can go the store yourself and add up the costs for all the things you’ll need to purchase. Don’t forget to factor in the cost of any tools you’ll need to do the project.

Go with a black and white palette


When choosing a color palette to base your entire home off of, go with black and white. It’s a classic, timeless look and you’ll never have a problem matching furnishings and accessories to it since everything goes with black and white. You aren’t limited to the stark contrasts of black and white either since you can go with grays and all the shades or tints of white, black, or gray.

Choose laminate over hardwood

It seems most every homeowner wants real hardwood in their home. Laminate gets a bad reputation as a cheap knock-off for real hardwood but it’s actually a very good alternative since it’s a lot less expensive, more durable, and harder to dent or scratch. The processes used to manufacture laminate flooring have also come a long way so you can’t even tell the difference between real wood and laminate.

Baseboard radiator covers instead of new baseboard radiators

Don’t assume that the only fix for old baseboard radiators is to replace them with new ones. So long as they’re working just fine, you can save a lot of money by installing baseboard radiator covers. They will give your heaters a brand new, clean look. Installing the covers is a simple job that you can do yourself to further save money on remodeling costs.

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Source: entrepreneur.com/article/297458