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Oh boy- I decided to undertake the redecorating of my kitchen and dining room. Now, we live in a 'Heritage Home', a century old Victorian house, so of course nothing is level or straight. I painted the walls and put up some wallpaper border which looks terrific, but I'm also taking the rug out (yes, theres a RUG in the kitchen -its been there for more than 20 years) and getting some linoleum put down next week. I didn't realize what I was getting into- theres layers and layers of old tiles under there that I have to scrape up to get the floor prepped for the underlay.

Anyone else out there run into renovation nightmares like mine? Please tell me its worth it in the end
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Originally posted by Melissa
Anyone else out there run into renovation nightmares like mine? Please tell me its worth it in the end
**** Raises Hand - My World is a Nightmare!! ****

(Side note: Your from Nova Scotia? My father was from Cape Breton!)

Take a look at the thread, Care For A Tour (of my house) posted by AngelzOO. I have photos of my current home there. We are renovating a century old schoolhouse.

I bought the place this past summer and we've been renovating ever since!! At one point in the summer, I had 10 different people in here. We had to totally change all the electrical, plus our walls are plaster. You know what it's like to have a house with holes in every wall and plaster dust everywhere?? Ick! At the same time, our washroom was being renovated and we put up a makeshift shower in the unfinished basement. Plus, we had the boiler replaced (our place is heated by radiators)and the roof redone.

I could have easily sold the place at that moment and went running out of the house screaming!!

Right now we're insulating the basement and attic. The previous owners had no insulation!! The heating bills must have been through the roof!!!

Then we hope to renovate the kitchen ourselves (since my partner works at a wood plant we can get all our kitchen cabinets and flooring for an excellent price).

Then, in a year or two we'll add an addition on the back. So the fun never ends here at my home. But stop by 2 years from now and I will have my home the way I want it.

I just have to *survive* till then! Good luck and take it one step at a time!!
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Holy crow! Sounds like a real headache!
post #4 of 11
I can relate Melissa!!

I live in a very old Colonial Home ( Built in 1915 ). Although I will say the family that owned it before us took very good care of it, and kept things up to date. But I have my fair share of uneven floors, walls, and sagging in some spots!

But thats what makes it so beautiful! I love having an older home, they just are built so much better in my opinion! My home is my castle, truly!
post #5 of 11
my house was built in 1906 and has some uneven floors. in fact, we've quit using a level to hang things because it always looked crooked and just level things by "eyeballing" it.

it will take a while to fix up all the things we would like to fix/change, but in the end i love the character of old homes.

someday i would love to buy a house in the historic district and handle a major renovation. i almost bought a 3 story, 5 bedroom + servant's quarters, brick victorian (italianate style) for $30,000. it came with a $60,000 grant, but it had so many structural and electrical issues that the grant wouldn't have gone far.
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Originally posted by Auburn412
....someday i would love to buy a house in the historic district and handle a major renovation. i almost bought a 3 story, 5 bedroom + servant's quarters, brick victorian (italianate style) for $30,000. it came with a $60,000 grant, but it had so many structural and electrical issues that the grant wouldn't have gone far.
Jan, before we bought this place we looked at a couple of houses like the one above. The town's Historical Society would give you a certain amount of money to maintain the character of the home. I fell in love with one place. But it was a little too far north to commute relying on public transportation.

For now, our little school house will do quite nicely!! One day, Rob and I will buy a true Historical home away from the city. If I didn't have to worry about job prospects, then I would run as far away from Toronto as far as I could!



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stepping out on a tangent (sorry to the thread purists )

i wish i had know you at this time last year. i would have loved to have checked out the historical district of toronto. we spent a day there and had no idea what to do other than go to the cn tower -- which i was too chiken to go up in -- and go to a mall. we did have lunch at this great restaurant, though.


i love to drive around and look at old houses. i used to go to open houses for house for sale just to look inside them.
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Originally posted by Auburn412
I love to drive around and look at old houses. i used to go to open houses for house for sale just to look inside them.
How come you can't live closer!!! I love anything historical! If I ever visit my Aunt in Illinois, I'll be sure to drop by!!

Check your Private Messages, I've send you a PM with further info!

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Originally posted by Auburn412
someday i would love to buy a house in the historic district and handle a major renovation. i almost bought a 3 story, 5 bedroom + servant's quarters, brick victorian (italianate style) for $30,000.

DON'T GET ME STARTED!!!

We purchased our condo for $300,000.00 (1,950 square feet)

I hate the cost of homes in California

We're ripping out the carpet on the first floor and adding hardwood floors..... I look forward to the work!
post #10 of 11
Maybe I should have mentioned the houses in that neighborhood fixed up are worth upwards of $175,000 - 200,000. We have a lower market here than a lot of places. An average house (3 BR 2 Bath) would be around $150,000 - $200,000 in a nice, but not trendy neighborhood. $30,000 for that house was a steal except for the work it needed. I heard the guy who bought it has put $100,000 plus the grant already.

We bought well below average price-wise, but we didn't shoot for a hot neighborhood so much as a friendly one and were willing to put some work into the house.
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An average house (3 BR 2 Bath) would be around $150,000 - $200,000 in a nice, but not trendy neighborhood.

Oh please let me buy a house HERE in California for that price!!!
(Ummmm... I'm not living in South Central Los Angeles!!)
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