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Building a new "old" bungalow all by ourselves

  • Created: Oct 18, 2009 by lohayden
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My husband and I just recently finished building our dream home. We did the entire project ourselves- starting with the demolition of our former tiny and dilapidated house.

My husband became the general contractor, we milled most of our lumber, salvaged old slate and put our own roof on, tiled our bathrooms, put in hardwoods, built our own cabinets- actually, my husband did pretty much everything except for the plumbing and electrical.

I am so proud of him and all his hardwork. It's been a crazy, stressful year but SO rewarding and so wonderful working together.

We have a blog which shows our progress along the way.
www.vandykeproject.blogspot.com

Thanks!

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  • old houseold house
  • putting on the slate roofputting on the slate roof
  • finally finished!finally finished!
  • tilingtiling
  • more tilingmore tiling
  • front porchfront porch
  • slate roofslate roof
  • front doorfront door
  • kitchen cabinetskitchen cabinets
  • making the front doormaking the front door
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  1. Congratulations!!!

    Elaine, Dec 16, 2009

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  2. Front porch envy... well done G!

    ryan pickett, Dec 11, 2009

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  3. Great job as I hardly even recognized it especially from the original photo.

    Jim McCabe

    December 08, 2009

    Jim McCabe, Dec 08, 2009

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  4. beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    sue hayden, Dec 08, 2009

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  5. Great job and lots of sweat equity went into this beautiful renovation!

    sue hayden, Dec 07, 2009

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  6. what a beautiful job...love the front porch!

    susan hayden, Dec 07, 2009

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  7. What a beautiful home!

    paul sanchez, Dec 06, 2009

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  8. I live in a larger city here in the Southeast, in a craftsman style home built in the mid 1920's. Most of the neighborhood has kept it's original "shady tree" demeanor filled with craftsman and bungalow style homes, and, while we are in a historic overlay district, one you leave this "safe haven" of buildings indigenous to the neighborhood, one can easily see where "just last week there was an old house" and now it's been scooped off the foundation for something unbecoming of the area. The buildings replacing the older homes not only have none of the original charm, but they are built with much less enthusiasm and expense. They are thrown together...So, when looking at the project above, and knowing how much these folks cared about their building project, I'm thrilled to see that true craftsmanship still survives. I applaud their effort and expect an invitation for supper soon, complete with homemade ice cream.

    Jim Sherraden, Dec 06, 2009

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  9. Does the door carpenter helper (photo 10) hire out?

    T;o)m

    Tom Campbell, Dec 06, 2009

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  10. lovely!

    taylor n. jordan, Dec 06, 2009

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  11. Amazing job guys!

    Kate "sister" Hayden, Dec 06, 2009

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  12. Nice job-you guys rock and so do lighthouses

    Bill Hayden, Dec 04, 2009

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  13. awesome job!

    caldwell gray, Dec 04, 2009

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  14. beautiful job!

    RUBY YOUNG, Dec 04, 2009

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