|Pre-addition after a few trees were removed|
At the end of June, we bought the house we've been living in for the past five years, and three acres around it. We bought it from the hubs parents, and it's just a very small section of a larger piece of land that they own. The current house was built somewhere around the 60's, and was a total of about 800 square feet. While I have a fairly large walk in closet, it's only a one bedroom so we decided to go ahead and expand it so that it will fit our future needs.
When we first got engaged and moved in five years ago, we did a complete gut and renovation on the house with all new bath and kitchen appliances/cabinets and all new drywall. The old house didn't even have insulation in the walls under the old drywall! This was the main deciding factor when it came to deciding to do an addition rather than a new build. As much as it would almost be easier to just "start from scratch", we couldn't justify tearing down something we had just worked on five years ago, although I'll be the first to say if I could make those choices over again I'd do things very differently!
|House before we moved in and during the first renovation|
So in June we actually bought the house, and a few weeks ago work has really started. The addition is going to consist of two extra bedrooms, another bathroom, additional living space (we have no place for a kitchen table right now), and a basement with living space, laundry and storage/utility. As of right now the chimney has been torn out (it was non-functional), ground broke, and concrete poured. And they just started the framing! We have contracted out the excavation, sewage work, concrete, heating and ac work and exterior/rough framing along with the new siding and roofing.
|Fireplace before, during and after first reno, and after removal|
However everything else we will be planning to do ourselves (mostly the interior finishing/pluming/electrical) to help save money. Maybe with the exception of drywall finishing. We've been there done that before and if we can afford it at all we'd rather not go down that road again, partly in an attempt to still be married when this is over!
|Breaking ground/hole for the basement|
Work on the house seems to be moving along fairly fast but also very slow at the same time. It took a long time to figure out "simple" things like the new sewage/lagoon system and how it will all be set up and get our required soil samples and permits. I naively had no idea how all of that worked and I'd be happy to never have to try to figure it all out again! Once that was figured out we had some glitches and unexpected expenses with basement drainage and plumbing and waterproofing - lots of things I had never thought of or expected!
|Concrete work started|
When we first started planning on and working on making the addition a reality my brain went to things like floor plans and paint colors and flooring materials - like most people would I expect. In reality I've learned that those things (with the exception of the floor plans - which have changed almost ten times now I think!) are a long ways in the future, and will hopefully be a little more fun to plan and execute than lagoons and sewage pumps!
|Concrete work finished/some plumbing, drainage, waterproofing done|
I'm excited for each phase but also not rushing the process along. If I've learned anything from the first round of renovations that we did, it was to really think out my decisions and do research before committing to anything. I have more ideas and options now because of Pinterest, but I also have a few years of life experience under my belt that'll influence the new decisions we make (i.e. white grout is the bane of my existence and I also hate carpet in living areas.).
Here's what we've completed so far...
- Got construction loan financing/bought house
- Tree removal
- Utility pole moved
- Telephone line moved
- Fireplace removed
- Pits dug and soil sampling for lagoon
- Permit paperwork turned in for septic system
- Basement hole dug/gravel foundation put down
- Concrete walls poured
- Septic tub, pump and basement drainage and plumbing installed
- Concrete floor poured
- Tar waterproofing rolled on concrete walls
- Drainage tile installed around basement and out to the road
- Backfilled with dirt and rock around exterior basement walls
- Framing started!
Any must have advice on putting an addition on a house? Things that you wish you had or wish you didn't do? Best flooring options, wall finishes, inspiration? I need all the help I can get! :)