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
Let the fun begin!
Step 1: Remove the Sprinklers and Lawn
Step 2: Break some concrete
Step 3: Dig a few large holes and many small ones
Step 4: Build the foundation frame and add some rebar (a lot of it)
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
Step 6: Pour a truckload of concrete
Step 7: Remove the frame – much easeir if you have “qualified” help
Step 8: Add a few girders…
Step 9: a lot of floor joists…
Step 10: some insulation…
Step 11: and finally the subfloor.
Step 12: Build wall. Lift it up. Connect them. Repeat.
Step 13: Add some ceiling rafters and a few beams
Step 14: Build a roof
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
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
Step 21: Insulation time
Step 22: Oh, how much we love the sheet-rock. The house is back
Step 23: Painting time. Everyone can both pick the color and paint the room
Step 24: The floor make is even better