Boy, progress seems to have slowed to a crawl since we got in. Not because we have slowed, okay maybe a little, but not much. It's the sheetrock process that takes so darn long. Luckily we paid a friend and got a good deal to have him do all the exterior walls and the very high ceilings. We have decided that even though there is money left in the budget, we don't want to take anymore. We are comfortable with the mortgage amount where it is now, less would be better, but that's okay. So, that said we are doing everything ourselves now.
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Sheetrock walls go up on the interior, tape, mud, sand, mud, sand, mud, sand, primer and then on to the next one and that doesn't account for corners!! Just very time-consuming. The master bedroom is almost done, in the process of tiling the closet floor.
Almost all the walls are up except for the breakfast bar. We have been going in circles with cabinets trying to get a good deal, keep the cost low, but really get what we want.
We have bought all the main floor flooring at a one-day sale at iFLOOR - 75% off prices for one day plus three-year, no-interest financing. Then, the local tile shop went out of business, got four rooms, kitchen floor and complete back splash, master bath shower, back splash and floor, back entry floor, downstairs tub surround, back splash and floor and only spent $1,000. It was nice high-end tile, like $5.99 sq ft. reduced to .39 cents a square foot. Took 6 hours to put the order together, but well worth the time.
I will have to take some pictures this weekend and post.
Had a local person contact me today that saw us on this site and wanted to talk. We told them we would be happy to share our experiences, good and bad with them. I know I would have loved to find someone local when I was starting out -- found this site too late.
Oh yeah, we got a gas stove that will run on a thermostat to satisfy the bank for the living room 50% off at Fireplace Village. It was a custom customer order gone wrong - we just keep shopping and finding deals. Just have to be willing to take the time. Lowe's and HD clearance stuff always warrants a close look, never know what someone else didn't want.
Okay, pictures to come on Monday.
Mudding in NH, soon in more ways than one.