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House renovations... A continuing story.

Posted 11-03-2023 at 10:25 AM by Driver 47

With all the covid and post covid rush on housing in New Hampshire we made an offer on an 1800 sqft post & beam 3 bed, 2 bath house we couldn't have afforded if it were not for an life changing settlement from an unfortunate accident I survived five years previously. (More on the accident in the future.) We did our own inspection on the house which had sat vacant for several years after being rented by the previous owner. So we put in an offer after falling in love with the place during our initial walk through. As things turned out we got in a bidding war but the owner was a navy veteran like me so our offer was accepted. $500,000 dollars later, the house was ours and we moved in.

The first issue was the side entrance. The steps didn't leave enough room when opening the door and I fell off. That concerned my wife, so she had a handicap ramp entrance added. Then during the winter melting snow from the original gable over the upper landing caused a buildup of black ice which caused me to slip and I fractured two vertebrae. (Recovery is on-going) So we added a bigger gable on the upper landing of the ramp which resolved the icing issue.

The constant everyday rains of spring resulted in two leaks on the skylights. We had a roofing company inspect the roof and they declared the roof a total loss. Gee, I wonder why?

The insurance adjustor claimed we only need to replace the flashing which was confirmed by an impartial engineer. Thats what happens when you have someone who sells something do an inspection. So $24,000 dollars saved. Currently awaiting a revised quote on just the flashing.

Next up, converting a bathtub into a walk-in shower.
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    The painters finally showed up today to put a
    second coat on the side deck and finish what they started back in May. Not their fault for the delay. Its been raining every other day and they can't work when its wet. Hopefully they'll be back this week to get the furniture back where it's supposed to be. We haven't been able to use the deck all spring & summer. Time to cut up what's left of the pallets from last years wood pellet delivery for the fire pit. Maybe I'll figure out how to post a couple of pics.
    Posted 11-06-2023 at 03:28 PM by Driver 47 Driver 47 is offline

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