The past two months have been the first time that I’ve had two large projects running concurrently. One is a single family home. The other project is a duplex that I bought for $6,000. The duplex has a few issues: the two second floor bathrooms were pulling away from the house because there was no beam to support the load; there are two sizable leaks into the house – one in the kitchen, one in the entry; most of the pipes were broken; many of the radiators froze and burst; a new roof and new gutters are needed; the damaged carpeting and flooring needs to be replaced; one rotten exterior wall needed to be replaced. The ugly web of wires, fuses, and circuit breakers would have scared the spiders of Mirkwood. Oh, and there’s a boat to be disposed of.
In other words, a perfect project for me.
This is the first time that I’ve used subcontractors to handle a large portion of the labor. The roofing, structural replacements, electrical work, rough plumbing, and HVAC work are all subcontracted. The structural and roofing crew are Amish, so they do not appear in any of the pictures of the work being completed. The two bathrooms had sunk nearly 4″.
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The first day I stopped by the job site, the entire wall, from the bump out on the left third of the first photo to the lower roof in the second third of the first photo was gone. People were walking in and out of the house via this wide opening. I was unable to get a photo of the entire wall removed, but a section of wall approximately 12′ long was removed, repaired, and rebuilt. Gutters will protect this section of wall in the future.
Both the interior and exterior electrical service entrances were improved. One of the old meters hung off the wall – as in – dangling free of the wall, held in place by the service wire!
We’ll see how this all plays out – part of me feels really good about this project…and part of me is a little nervous. It’s super easy to handle most of the work yourself – especially when you don’t pay yourself. Having other crews on site means the burn rate of cash is drastically increased.
Thank you to all involved in this project – from the sellers and financier to the contractors and (probably most importantly) my wife (for putting up with this madness). Thank you all.