Here’s a little tip on working with drywall.
It’s like brain surgery and rocket science; it should be left to the professionals.
Yesterday, we had more than 200 sheets of drywall – most of it 4×12-foot sheets – delivered from Menards for our current house. It cost us about $50 dollars to have it delivered. It was the best money we’ve spent on this project.
There is nothing like a reliable crew to make a flip go smoothly. We have some of the best workers around.
Here are two of them – José and Manny.
Manny says he is the good-looking one, but in case you can’t tell he’s the one on the left.
José and Manny have been working for us for about five years. We were introduced to the boys by our dry waller, Mario.
Our Jefé – he’s never met a challenge he didn’t embrace.
We are in the midst of our biggest renovation ever – taking a World War II-era, one-story built on a crawl and turning it into a modern, open-floor-plan house with a basement. How big is this renovation? Well, at one point all that was left standing of the original house was three walls.
It will be all new. New HVAC, electric, plumbing, roof, kitchen, and on and on.
Saturday, Jefé and I were at the house tearing out the old drywall and insulation.
My granddaughter, Brooklynn, or as I like to call her, the Divine Miss B, lives seven-and-a-half hours away, and I don’t get to see her nearly as often as either of us would like. I’d like to see her more often because she’s about the cutest granddaughter ever, and she would like to see me more often because I spoil her bloody rotten.
We finally have a roof on our latest flip. This is a very good thing, particularly when it’s snowing and 20-degrees.
We are adding an extra floor, so a perfectly good roof had to come off the one-story house so we could put in stronger joists, add to the existing walls, and build new rafters. It’s a major project and we were weeks looking at a roofless house while snow piled up inside.
We poured the footers and built basement walls for our new project last week
As I said earlier, this is venturing into uncharted territory for us as we rarely change the footprint of our flips. Most of the time, it’s too costly and time-consuming. However, this flip was different in that we needed to demolish an old, poorly built porch on the back of the house. Given that the house was less than1,000-square feet, with no basement, we thought it best to add a family room over a basement, which would give us space for all the new mechanicals.
By this time of the year, Jefé and I had hoped to be much further along on our current project. Our goal was to be under roof by the time the snow starting flying.
As you can see by some of the photos, not only are we not under roof, we don’t even have a roof.
By the time I got to our latest flip house today, the roof was nearly gone and another Dumpster was nearly full. It was a beautiful sight. I wanted to stand in the front yard and applaud Andy Meyers and his two sons.
Andy is our general contractor on this project and he’s got his hands full.
Tomorrow, they are starting to rebuild the roof and dig the foundation for the family room addition. The transformation of this house will be rapid.
Beautiful, just beautiful.
It’s very much the fashion these days to write letters to include in your Christmas cards that update your friends and family on the events in your life over the past year.
With that in mind, I wanted to share some of the events in my personal life from the past year.
Melissa and I bought a new house.
There was an article in the Dec. 8 edition of the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch by reporter Jim Welker about how rising housing prices contributed to a decline in flips during the third quarter.
According to the article, there were 45,718 houses flipped in the United States during the months of July, August, and September. This was down about 1 percent from the second quarter. Mr. Welker obtained his data from Attom Data Solutions, which is the parent company of RealtyTrac.