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Re: LGP DIY House edition

Postby Juice on Wed Jul 17, 2013 4:28 pm

cheesesteakwithegg: option a or option b?
3 people: option a
cheesesteakwithegg: alright option b it is then
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Re: LGP DIY House edition

Postby shmenguin on Tue Sep 24, 2013 2:29 pm

this isn't really a "DIY" question since there's no way i'm D'ing this myself, but anyways...

we're still a few years away, but there's a strong possibility that we're going to do a massive remodel on our house at some point. i'm talking adding about a 2 story addition out the back and totally gutting about 50% of the current house (we have a small house, so this isn't a crazy notion). my question is this - if you're doing a 2 story remodel, is it necessary that you keep your load bearing walls and headers in exactly the same place on the 1st floor? or can you move them around a little?

in more practical words, the outside wall that would need knocked down to do an addition is in a bad spot. if we had to put a header there, it would screw up the type of floor plan that we'd want. if we push the header out about 4 or 5 extra feet into the addition, would that be ok?
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Re: LGP DIY House edition

Postby canaan on Tue Sep 24, 2013 2:44 pm

shmenguin wrote:this isn't really a "DIY" question since there's no way i'm D'ing this myself, but anyways...

we're still a few years away, but there's a strong possibility that we're going to do a massive remodel on our house at some point. i'm talking adding about a 2 story addition out the back and totally gutting about 50% of the current house (we have a small house, so this isn't a crazy notion). my question is this - if you're doing a 2 story remodel, is it necessary that you keep your load bearing walls and headers in exactly the same place on the 1st floor? or can you move them around a little?

in more practical words, the outside wall that would need knocked down to do an addition is in a bad spot. if we had to put a header there, it would screw up the type of floor plan that we'd want. if we push the header out about 4 or 5 extra feet into the addition, would that be ok?

im no engineer, but if you're talking about a load bearing wall on an existing structure, it would be in your best interest to leave that support in the exact same place. in terms of the floorplan, you will probably be leaning towards a new beam support that will leave a bulkhead. from a design standpoint, this can work to your benefit via a simple drywall boxed-in and finished look or by a wooden cladding. for a more industrial look, the support beam could be painted carbon steel. you have options. if i were to guesstimate a price on replacing a load bearing wall with a support beam (wooden), you're looking at 1,800-3,000, depending on your contractor.
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Re: LGP DIY House edition

Postby shmenguin on Tue Sep 24, 2013 2:50 pm

canaan wrote:
shmenguin wrote:this isn't really a "DIY" question since there's no way i'm D'ing this myself, but anyways...

we're still a few years away, but there's a strong possibility that we're going to do a massive remodel on our house at some point. i'm talking adding about a 2 story addition out the back and totally gutting about 50% of the current house (we have a small house, so this isn't a crazy notion). my question is this - if you're doing a 2 story remodel, is it necessary that you keep your load bearing walls and headers in exactly the same place on the 1st floor? or can you move them around a little?

in more practical words, the outside wall that would need knocked down to do an addition is in a bad spot. if we had to put a header there, it would screw up the type of floor plan that we'd want. if we push the header out about 4 or 5 extra feet into the addition, would that be ok?

im no engineer, but if you're talking about a load bearing wall on an existing structure, it would be in your best interest to leave that support in the exact same place. in terms of the floorplan, you will probably be leaning towards a new beam support that will leave a bulkhead. from a design standpoint, this can work to your benefit via a simple drywall boxed-in and finished look or by a wooden cladding. for a more industrial look, the support beam could be painted carbon steel. you have options. if i were to guesstimate a price on replacing a load bearing wall with a support beam (wooden), you're looking at 1,800-3,000, depending on your contractor.


the issue is that the bulkhead would be bisecting the new kitchen in a very crappy way. i would need it shifted by 3 feet.

my thought was that because it's a 2 story addition and remodel, it might alter the equation enough that there's a little wiggle room with the support structures. of course ultimately, the contractor would get an engineer and all that, but it's become a fun hobby to work on the design (though i know i could show it to a pro and they'd facepalm me), and i just don't want to go down the completely wrong path.
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Re: LGP DIY House edition

Postby meow on Tue Sep 24, 2013 3:36 pm

A good contractor can do it, especially if it's a small house.
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Re: LGP DIY House edition

Postby no name on Tue Sep 24, 2013 3:45 pm

I am thinking of trying to install kitchen cabnits my self. I got a very small kitchen and from just watching videos it doesn't look all that hard.

I have been doing alot of home upgrades and repairs myself and have learned quite alot. Still not all that great. But maybe the cabnits might be over my head? Anyone ever do this.
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Re: LGP DIY House edition

Postby meow on Tue Sep 24, 2013 3:47 pm

no name wrote:I am thinking of trying to install kitchen cabnits my self. I got a very small kitchen and from just watching videos it doesn't look all that hard.

I have been doing alot of home upgrades and repairs myself and have learned quite alot. Still not all that great. But maybe the cabnits might be over my head? Anyone ever do this.

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Re: LGP DIY House edition

Postby Pitts on Tue Sep 24, 2013 3:56 pm

There's not much to cabinets outside of making sure all the different pieces you want fit the space correctly and getting them in level. Also, make sure they are secured to the framing, not just screwed into the wall!

They will be much more costly if you need custom sizing.
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Re: LGP DIY House edition

Postby Hockeynut! on Sat Apr 12, 2014 8:06 pm

I'm thinking of building a 12x16 ft deck this week. It's basically going to be a glorified patio behind my house on which I can set up my backyard theater, some lawn chairs, etc. I was thinking of making an actual patio but I can't dig down one inch my lawn without hitting rocks so the though of going down 7 inches is terrifying. Besides, I like wood (twss) and a deck would fit my decor better.

I'm watching Youtube videos now. I'm thinking this won't be too hard. That's usually a sign of pending disaster.
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Re: LGP DIY House edition

Postby PghSkins on Sun Apr 13, 2014 8:57 am

Hockeynut! wrote:I'm thinking of building a 12x16 ft deck this week. It's basically going to be a glorified patio behind my house on which I can set up my backyard theater, some lawn chairs, etc. I was thinking of making an actual patio but I can't dig down one inch my lawn without hitting rocks so the though of going down 7 inches is terrifying. Besides, I like wood (twss) and a deck would fit my decor better.

I'm watching Youtube videos now. I'm thinking this won't be too hard. That's usually a sign of pending disaster.


We had a paver patio put in a couple years ago, cost maybe $2500- can't say how it would have turned out if I had spent like $500 and doneit myself... But I'd guess the $2000 was some of the best money i have spent.
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Re: LGP DIY House edition

Postby skullman80 on Sun Apr 13, 2014 11:52 am

Purchased one of these today...

http://www.lowes.com/pd_321308-1217-FG5 ... facetInfo=

Hoping its not a ***** to put together.
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Re: LGP DIY House edition

Postby Hockeynut! on Sun Apr 13, 2014 12:10 pm

I bought that exact same shed last year. It wasn't terrible to put together but you need to drill a lot of pilot holes and some pieces on mine didn't line up very well on the roof.
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Re: LGP DIY House edition

Postby skullman80 on Sun Apr 13, 2014 1:59 pm

Hockeynut! wrote:I bought that exact same shed last year. It wasn't terrible to put together but you need to drill a lot of pilot holes and some pieces on mine didn't line up very well on the roof.


Gonna have my dad help me. I could probably do it myself or with the help of my wife, but I'm not the greatest DIY'er. It won't even be delivered till next week. Box was too big to fit in the back of my Forester, well it probably could have fit if I squeezed, but I'll just wait for them to deliver it. Will report back if and when I Have issues haha. Just gonna be used to store lawnmower and some long handled tools. It should fit that purpose well I hope.
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Re: LGP DIY House edition

Postby Hockeynut! on Thu Apr 17, 2014 9:44 am

Building a deck goes much faster on Youtube.
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