DIY Remodeling – How to Add 700sqf, (almost) alone

Spring 2015.

Goal: Add almost 700sft to the existing house.  Replace old bathrooms with new ones. Replace all the plumbing and electrical.

Team: Me. Do at least 80% of the work myself.

Budget: As little as possible.

Time: Five months.

 

 

Today vs. The Future

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Let the fun begin!

Step 1: Remove the Sprinklers and Lawn

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Step 2: Break some concrete

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Step 3: Dig a few large holes and many small ones

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Step 4: Build the foundation frame and add some rebar (a lot of it)

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Step 5: Remove the rain water and mud. It is a severe drought in California, but of course it had to rain heavily the day before pouring the concrete

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Step 6: Pour a truckload of concrete

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Step 7: Remove the frame – much easeir if you have “qualified” help

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Step 8: Add a few girders…

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Step 9: a lot of floor joists…

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Step 10: some insulation…

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Step 11: and finally the subfloor.

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Step 12: Build wall. Lift it up. Connect them. Repeat.

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Step 13: Add some ceiling rafters and a few beams

 

 

Step 14: Build a roof

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Step 16: New meets old. “Destroy” the house as we know it. Remove sheet-rock, wires, pipes, heating and old floor.. And finally, visit the shrink

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Step 17: Redo ALL the plumbing

 

Step 18: Redo ALL electrical

 

Step 19: Finish the roof. It can rain now

 

Step 20: The outside looks more and more like a house

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Step 21: Insulation time

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Step 22: Oh, how much we love the sheet-rock. The house is back

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Step 23: Painting time. Everyone can both pick the color and paint the room

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Step 24: The floor make is even better