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    I thought we had one of these but I guess not. Theres lots of us out there doing some stuff to out homes/ properties and this could be a cool spot to share.

    anyhoo, ive been doing some kitchen work

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    not pictured but i redid the cabinet hardware with more matching type handles, and a stainless trash can. Once the wife and I agree on counter tops and maybe a backsplash, itll be done.



    whats everyone got on the go?
     
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  2. Matt30

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    Most of my improvements have been mechanical thus far. Electrical panel upgrade....eliminated oil and put in electric hot water tank and heat pump add on. Replaced all copper water supply with pex. Nothing picture worthy.

    First cosmetic upgrade will be starting in a month or so. Our main level living room needs major attention, so project #1 will be new archway, trim, paint and ditching those fucking stupid laminate floors with hardwood.

    Pics to follow.
     
  3. Beaker

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    Im currently renovating my basement, bedrooms, going to install a hot water on demand kit, paint, new fireplace and then built in kitchen, replace all windows, and new deck this year.

    ill post pics as things are done. just finished putting studs up in basement. running electrical this week, then drywalling. ceiling should take a bit as its gonna be different
     
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    since I moved in June it's been:
    All new paint
    Deck repairs/rebuild/stain
    Tore some gross dead trees up and ground down the stumps
    Soiled and seeded said stump area, came out lush and flat grass
    All the kitchen stuff I mentioned above
    New hot water heater
    Daikin heat pump
    All new light fixtures interior and exterior
    All led bulbs

    Upcoming:
    Soil the pool pad my fire pit sits on so I can have it nice and grassy (once temps are up a bit)
    Possibly fence in the back yard, but that's further down the list
    Remove bright blue carpet from my stairs and see what nightmare lurks underneath (next)
    Redo master bath (second next project; gonna suck)
     
  5. billybob

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    Just moved into our new build last year but I have 2450 sq/ft unfinished in the basement I am picking away at.

    - should have the home gym finished in March. Had a few setbacks with mirror issues but just have to finish the trim, hang the door and move the equipment in.

    - gonna start the home theatre with wet bar shortly after the gym. Probably take me 2-3 years to finish that.

    - also have to tackle the rear landscaping this spring. Building custom garden boxes on the side of the house is in the plans as well.

    Hopefully this thread can hold me accountable to get some shit done. Lol.
     
  6. Boots

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    Last thing we did was a master bath reno. Have to take a break for a little bit before biting off the next big project.

    Already posted these but I still love it :lol:

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    That color is super close to what I'd like mine to be in the bathroom.
     
  8. Matt30

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    Boots if I recall correctly, you did your own tile work. Correct?

    Was that your first go with tile? How difficult was it to learn?

    A small summer project I want to do is a tile tub surround to add some colour. Mine is currently all white with a white tub. Talk about boring!
     
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    In for answer, kind of want to do a backsplash myself
     
  10. Boots

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    My brother completely led the way on the tile. I did a bit of the shower floor and some of the tiling around the tub. It was a huge amount of work. I think I learned enough that I'm going to attempt to do my basement bathroom myself. All it would take is helping someone who knows what they are doing to figure out the basics.

    These puppies helped TREMENDOUSLY

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  11. Matt30

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    What is their purpose exactly? I know most guys use the spacers, but I've never saw ones like those before.

    **edit** googled it and found they are a levelling clip. Genius!

    Loving this thread already
     
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  12. Mitch

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    Lots of cosmetic stuff around here, repairing some plaster & lath around the house and lots of painting/trim work.

    Put in a 6 ft patio door this past fall, deck will be going up ASAP.
     
  13. Cheddar

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    The absolute worst part of tiling is picking the tile. Everything after that is easy.
     
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    I believe it! It doesn't appear overly difficult. My biggest fear is that if the first tile job goes well, I'll just start tiling everything :lol: It's something I've always wanted to learn
     
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    Probably not. After picking the tile, comes removal of existing tile which sucks too. Followed quickly by clean up, which pretty much blows.
     
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    Currently the house is tile free except for the laundry room. I have removed many tile tub surrounds, and yes, its a pain in the ass if you're trying to not destroy everything behind it
     
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    holy christ

    i love the subway tile backsplash in the kitchen pic, thats the way im leaning for mine
     
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    Yea I like the look of subway. I want to do a mosaic in our own house, I just don't know how confident I am in tackling myself and removing all the undercabinet valances
     
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    You know reality check is aging when one of the busier threads is a home Reno thread! :lol:
     
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    You can do anything you put your mind to Ryan.
     
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    yesterday i replaced my backyard security light that was a crappy halogen that would dim and get brighter on its own with a 2500 lumen LED unit

    it is BRIGHT :bowdown:
     
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    Got a link? I gotta replace mine
     
  25. Boots

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    Please share. I've been hunting for them. I have four 500w halogens on the back of my house that I want to switch to LED
     
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    costco, $55
     
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  27. Cheddar

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    You can get them at Costco, Kent and home Depot. I think most carry the sunforce brand. We have a solar powered one with motion detection. Seems to work pretty damn good.
     
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    i was going to pick the sunforce one up but i wanted to be able to turn it off and on via switch from the inside

    might grab one for the side of my shed though

    plus this one has cool glowing halos when the light isnt on, makes my house look like a bmw :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown:
     
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    I have the same one and it lights up my backyard like the light of 1000 suns. It's awesome for the dog, but I'm not sure how the neighbours behind my house feel about it :lol:

    Anyone have any advice or input for someone wanting to tear down the walls between my living room, kitchen, and dining room in a split entry?
     
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    Mine was a 500w halogen and this blows it away.

    It also has a pir sensor
     
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    I have dual motion sensor led light and it's probably overkill, you can see the intensity from 2 streets over
     
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    I'm so grabbing four of those
     
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    Has anyone had a metal roof put on? It's the route I want to go in a few years, and I have some questions.
     
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    Wow that is a great shower. I need to update my shower and this is how I want it to look. Do you have more pics of the construction
     

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