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Old 08-27-2012, 08:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What has everyone been up to over the long summer while you waited for boarding season to be back in swing?



I'll go first...

I have been working on my back yard since march. Here's a picture of what I started with...

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I dug out the hill back to the property line and installed a 5 ft tall retaining wall. The wall is on a radius with 6ft tall columns at each end. I also installed some lighting that is activated on a dusk/dawn system.

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After I got that finished up, I started on a 22' x 14' stone paver patio. I ripped out the wooden steps from the porch that led to a 2' x 2' concrete lab and a bunch of grass, and dug out the patio area. Then I had to build some new steps and added a fire pit. The last part, that I haven't finished yet, is building a flower bed up against the house (hard to see behind the table and chairs). The base is already roughed in, so I just have to stack and glue the blocks on and throw some roofing cement/pond liner on the foundation below the siding.

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After that a fence is going up and planting some grass so my dogs can run around in the back yard.


So what have you guys been working on?
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now that is one impressive retaining wall! Good job sir!
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I started my basement "Kid Cave" last september. Then snowboarding season hit and all work stopped. I started again a few weeks ago.

I finished framing this is a shot of the bath, kitchen and smaller sitting room


Here we cut and moved the waste stack to make more open flow


Start of insulation and drywall, I don't want to hear the kids


This is the larger rec room area,


Then my car breaks and brings everything to a stand still again!!!!!!
Rebuilt front suspension now


I need this basement DONE before the start of this season otherwise wife won't buy the passes .....
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Looking Good!!

I helped a buddy put drywall in a very small bathroom in his basement and putting half sheets on the ceiling was a chore. I bet hanging full sheets was a bitch.

I don't know how your wife is, but mine seems to think that when I start on a huge project like these, it will be done in one or two days. I have been hearing the same thing from mine; No passes or new gear until you finish the back yard!
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We've built/renovated/remodeled enough stuff that when I tell her how long it takes I'm dead on.
My issue is finding that said block of time. Usually its 10 minutes here 3 hours there, 1/2 hour he and there. Recently I did get a few 8 hour blocks to get a ton of progress made.
If I can keep that up I'll be good
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Nice backyard!
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Looking Good!!

I helped a buddy put drywall in a very small bathroom in his basement and putting half sheets on the ceiling was a chore. I bet hanging full sheets was a bitch.

I don't know how your wife is, but mine seems to think that when I start on a huge project like these, it will be done in one or two days. I have been hearing the same thing from mine; No passes or new gear until you finish the back yard!
Hah, hanging drywall is only the somewhat shitty part, wait till you have to mud it . Ceilings suck for everything though, whether you're hanging or painting.
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Hah, hanging drywall is only the somewhat shitty part, wait till you have to mud it . Ceilings suck for everything though, whether you're hanging or painting.

Luckily, he hired someone to tape and mud. I helped in paint it and you're right, ceilings suck!
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Ive only done drywall repair not tape/mud an entire area like this. I can skim coat great, lots of practice with that on the last house we rehabed.
I figure I"m still saving money I have to do it.
This $5000 investment is netting me a return of nearly $40K in increased value. Its worth the suffering, and the reward of the kids having a place to go and keeping the noise away from parents, priceless ....
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Totally know what you mean, we bought our house unfinished and did all of the labor ourselves (my dad does every trade). It's a fantastic way to gain a lot of home equity without spending much. Grant you the housing market is still shit here so that investment seems like a whole lot of nothing atm , but what comes down eventually goes back up.
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