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  1. Yes I know the feeling of loving something after it's done. Our sump pump died when we were on vacation and the water/mold/musty took out the majority of things in our finished basement. Now we had been wanting new carpet down there for years but that wasn't the way I wanted to make the job get done. But the redone basement is so much nicer so I just try to block out the memories of how difficult the process was. Interesting thought on the composite, see both of those sound so much better to me that the splinters I get from wood, the maintenance that I never knew I was suppose t
  2. Unfortunately it's not the boards that our the problem (well they are but not from a structural standpoint). The problem is the railings are starting to separate from the deck they can't be reattached because the support boards on two of the edges that they connect to are split where the screws need to go so there is nothing to attach the railing to short of removing the railings and attempting to install them higher or lower which both are safety hazards for other reasons. And we have a split level house and the stairway is considered the second exit for the house so we absolutely have to m
  3. Kinda sorta. By the time the job would start I'd have about half the funds and would need to do a home equity loan for the other half. Not that I will have any problem qualifying, it's just that I'd prefer not to borrow that much. In the grand scheme isn't not a huge number. (it's about equivalent to the amount we've borrow to purchase vehicles) but still, it always leaves me slightly stressed when we got loans because well life happens and more bills just make it harder.
  4. Anything is possible at this point but since it sounds like the bulk of his staff has been there a long time (10+years), I'm guessing he's not going to have too many suddenly quit on him now. The one thing that has impressed me most of this particular builder is his very open communication style. Everything has been clearly laid out and discussed. Even things that are wishy washy because he doesn't have a final answer (some things they can't fully commit to a price until the workers in those areas actually come and see the structure in person and account for any out of the ordinary issues),
  5. He gave us a full bid and then a revised bid when I pulled off everything I might be able to do or find someone to help me at a lower cost (friends from church who do these full time but take side jobs for extra cash but charge less than going rate through a company) and that number was still higher than what we were hoping to borrow but much better than the full bid. If we do sign a contract, I can issue change orders to add back in any of these parts but of course, then I'm paying the builders rate on supplies and labor versus the "helping out a friend" rate on labor and the standard price
  6. That is encouraging! I'm guessing though if I sign a contract now, I'll be tied to today's cost even if it drops dramatically. And if I wait, well I already know it will be another year minimum before I get the project done (due to the builders being booked out so far and them not being able to pour footings when the ground is frozen). I feel stuck between a rock and hard place because neither decision seems like a great one right now.
  7. If we replaced the deck with a deck, it would be composite but even that is running at least $5k-6K. If we do this project, the deck will become an additional room on the house with only an exterior stairway (and the required platform) no extra deck as we have no use for one so it seems a waste to put money into that when we don't need/want one. I've gone back and forth so many times. In a few more years, more than likely the oldest 2 will have moved out and the space will be less of an issue (although the room will still be nice to grow plants in which is a hobby of mine) but we will h
  8. We have to sign a contract within the next week or two and then we could just get in on the schedule before the ground freezes. The other builder we were considering was booked into 2022 as of 2 months ago so who knows when he's scheduled out to. So I could wait to sign a contract and hope the price comes down but it would guarantee pushing the projects into next spring at the earliest. I wish I had the skills to do it all myself and could just start it when things seem more stable but alas this is a big project to tie the roof and siding into the exisiting structure and even our normal go t
  9. My husband has even fewer DIY skills than I do. Any and all work will be on me. Sure if a piece is too heavy he will come help but he won't be screwing, cutting, nailing, sanding, or painting anything. I can and will recruit the kids as they are available but the olders ones aren't home much and the younger ones are in school (that I will still be managing, correcting, coordinating around whatever house projects I have to tackle). The current "plan" is we do the demo and the builder does everything except HVAC and electrical (we have 2 friends we are certified in these fields who will
  10. Our deck is getting quite old and doesn't have much life left. We have been contemplating converting it to a four season sunroom/addition to the kitchen. However, due to the ricidulous building prices, the quote is coming in higher than we want to spend. We are not handy people by any means but I can do some things, and I am willing to learn a few more. After we sorted through what we could reasonably do or find friends who would be willing to help us, we were still left with a bid higher than we like but doable. Of course we would still need to buy supplies for those parts plus provide
  11. I can so relate to your table and closet. That was my life for years and years. I just couldn't get it together. When the Konmari craze was on, I read the huge thread here and some other posts elsewhere about it (try as I might, I just couldn't connect with the book, I think I tried 3-4 times to read it and never got more than a few chapters in but I gleaned enough from other sources to figure it out). And yes decluttering really was the key but I had to think through WHY I was holding on to stuff. One of the wierder ones for me. I had these metal gadgets for making Rosettes (a light bat
  12. I'm not sure if you mean paint or if you mean accessories but if it's paint, many places can still mix it for you. My living room was painted with a color from Sears 18 years ago. I went to our local hardware store and gave them the code number and brand(I couldn't remember the name but the code number was written on the cans and since Sears doesn't sell paint anymore I couldn't get them to do it) and then made me a perfect match. All the ratios are stored in the computer not only for their own brands but many others as well so I would at least ask around.
  13. Wow! I could only wish that was the case here. It's taking anywhere from 1-4 months to get contractors to come look at a a project, then it's taking another 2-3 months just to get a bid and smallish building projects (estimated to take 3-4 weeks) are already booked into 2022. Bigger projects are even worse to schedule. @hjffkj I feel your pain. I've been trying to figure out about putting a sunroom on my house since late February/early March. I've talked to multiple contractors but for the most part I don't even have bids yet let alone actually getting any work done. Multiple peopl
  14. Neither my husband nor myself has any construction background and yet a non plummer was able to explain over the phone (pre youtube days) how to replace one to us. I was truly surprised how very easy it is. Of course you have to make sure you have the right size tubing but beyond that, the biggest hurdle is setting the toilet down on the wax ring without sliding it around. Then you just tighten down the bolts and connects the water. Another tip is to spread vaseline inside the tank around the bolt holes before putting the bolts and washers in. The first one took us about 30 minutes. I've
  15. I knew nothing of their existence until about 10-15 years ago when visiting a relative in IL and they had some in their backyard and I was horrified that a bug that large was hanging out in the yard with us. We don't have them in my state and then last year, I found one in my raspberry patch that was just hatching out. Yuck Yuck Yuck. We were suppose to be safe here. Later we saw one hanging out on our tree in the back yard. I don't know if it was the same one that was in the raspberry patch or if it was a second one but I was still not happy. Thankfully, I haven't seen hide nor hair of a
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