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Old 02-01-2013, 12:38 PM   #31 (permalink)
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This ass hat wanna be foreman will be lucky if it don't fall apart after a few years - but yes most "illegals" get paid hourly, and 3 stand around watching the 4th work.
Yeah, there's trouble with both sides. Piece work is how most big builders pay their subs here, and it encourages them to rush through the jobs and cut corners. I'd have to combat that with very specific details of expected quality in the contract. Hourly can get you a much better product, but you've got to be on their ass so they don't cost you a mint!

I've found with 90% of things I've done, that I can do a better job, for much cheaper than paying somebody else to do it, unfortunately it takes me longer (as I have to have the learning curve at the beginning).

I think the two ways around this are:

1) sub out the work that'll take me the longest to do on my own (i.e. drywall mudding, plumbing, window installation, basement forming)

2) higher general labour to help me on stuff I do on my own, I can install flooring bloody fast if I don't have to keep running to get it, or install drywall while the grunts carry it in the house

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de-rail...fucking insane...never again...hand stripped my 1918 and brushed 2 primer, 2 tops in 3 colors
Looks good though! In hindsight, how would you do it differently? On that celica I'm restoring I know a few people that have stripped the entire chassis and had them media blasted and painted, then they start from scratch. Seems like LESS work in the long run.

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The bathroom was demoed down to the studs.
That... looks... goooooooooooooood...

Going to studs is the only way to do it. I remodeled my moms bathroom after she also suffered water damage. I ended up doing it all for around $1000 including new floor, tub surround, vanity, toilet, faucets, etc., but it was a pain. Would have been much easier to rib it all out and start from scratch.

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Here's my floorplan, breaking ground in a few weeks
Landmark eh? Sorry I'm an internets sluth. I have my ways. Looks good!

I'm still unsure of if/how to proceed, so we're going to take it really slow and explore all our options. The thought of having a decent trailer/modular on the side of the property to start and then building does take some of the scariness away though. If time goes over you're not stuck with two mortgages, rent, etc.
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Landmark eh? Sorry I'm an internets sluth. I have my ways. Looks good!

I'm still unsure of if/how to proceed, so we're going to take it really slow and explore all our options. The thought of having a decent trailer/modular on the side of the property to start and then building does take some of the scariness away though. If time goes over you're not stuck with two mortgages, rent, etc.
Right click properties haha... ya thats the toughest thing I think. In my case Landmark is on title until posession so I'm only in for 5% right now and I don't pay any mortgage payments until then. I don't know how people manage with two mortgages while building, most builders are taking this new approach now. When the house is done we meet with our broker and pick our mortgage and put the rest of our downpayment on it.
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Right click properties haha... ya thats the toughest thing I think. In my case Landmark is on title until posession so I'm only in for 5% right now and I don't pay any mortgage payments until then. I don't know how people manage with two mortgages while building, most builders are taking this new approach now. When the house is done we meet with our broker and pick our mortgage and put the rest of our downpayment on it.
Oh god, yeah I didn't even notice the hotlink from landmark, I google image searched it. When you notice a picture of a beautiful... set of mountains... on the internet you can GIS it to find the biggest available picture of that beautiful... set of mountains.

I was looking at construction mortgages. You put down your DP right away, they front you the money for the land, and usually around 35% to get the building started, then the next 35% when it's a "lock up" shell with doors, windows, etc. and then the final amount when it's 97% done except for seasonal deficiencies.

You only pay interest on the amount of money they've already advanced, so considering about half of the money I'd need would be for land, I'd probably pay an extra $600 /month or so until the last couple months when it was a lockable structure, and then when it's done I'd be moving out of my existing house anyway.

The scarey thing would be if rates went through the roof while I had $500k out against my name!
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mary me?! PLEASE?!


My house has the same siding and windows!!! Very, VERY nice work! That is my next decision....what color to paint the exterior. OR do I patch the peeling paint with primer, put off painting the exterior another few years and remodel the kitchen next instead....sigh

I live in so cal where it rains 6 days a year so I can get by with minimal weather proofing. The only bummer is my house is white with white trim and it's sooo boring. I want to paint it a pretty color like the other houses on my street. lol
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My house has the same siding and windows!!! Very, VERY nice work! That is my next decision....what color to paint the exterior. OR do I patch the peeling paint with primer, put off painting the exterior another few years and remodel the kitchen next instead....sigh
I've got a friend in the specialty paint business who would know what to do. There's gotta be an easier way than sanding everything.

I wonder if you could media/soda blast the hole house? Probably not that expensive to get a mobile blaster in for the day to do it for you.
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The best deck we've ever built was for a guy who would offer us water during the day, a beer at the end of the day, and smoke us a bowl during lunch.

nice deck. I totally make snacks and buy beer for my workers
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^ good thing you didn't have a typo there Mixie!

Should be lots of soda blasters in SoCal with all the auto restoration that happens there...

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I've got a friend in the specialty paint business who would know what to do. There's gotta be an easier way than sanding everything.

I wonder if you could media/soda blast the hole house? Probably not that expensive to get a mobile blaster in for the day to do it for you.

I don't need to sand everything down nor do I plan too. My next door neighbors just painted their house and looks awesome and was at a great price. I plan to use their guy and I think they will just sand blast and paint.

My exterior paint is mostly in good shape except for one area that has peeled badly with lots exposed wood. Other than the one area I don't really need it painted. Ive actually done everything that needed to be done. (plumbing, roof, bathroom)

at this point most of my planned projects are cosmetic or upgrades. If I patch that peeling area on the side of the house (a half day job) it's good to go for a long time--other then it being boring white....

Im saving up for the next home improvement project and Im trying to decide....remodel kitchen or paint the exterior. At this point the kitchen is winning
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I've got a friend in the specialty paint business who would know what to do. There's gotta be an easier way than sanding everything.

I wonder if you could media/soda blast the hole house? Probably not that expensive to get a mobile blaster in for the day to do it for you.
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Okay I'm taking my thread back now... Here's what I'd like to do for finishes, assuming I can find the materials for a reasonable price.

Recycled douglas fir plank flooring through majority of house:


Poured concrete floors in bathrooms, laundry, and possibly entry way:




A very monolithic, two sided concrete or rammed earth fireplace in the centre of the house (would also provide room for basement sauna chimney to pass through to the roof):


Concrete countertops:


Butchers block island with a stainless base:


As you can tell I like concrete. Luckily I work for a cement/construction/aggregates company so at the very least I can get good knowledge of mix designs, etc. The fun thing with concrete is you can make it almost any colour, and you can add almost anything to the mix.
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