Monday, August 26, 2013

One Step at a Time

One of the things about buying a foreclosure is that there's usually so much to be done that you can't renovate everything at once. Even with a cheap house price (ha!), it's just not financially feasible.  So while our dining room and downstairs hall floors sucked, they were functional. Besides, we spent enough money the first year fixing up other things.

Earlier in the year I decided that I had enough of the scratched and curling vinyl in the downstairs hallway. It looks gross and dirty even when you've cleaned it.  So we went looking and found something else we liked, and then (there's always an "and then) it turned into doing both the hall and the dining room in Linkwerks Vinyl Plank Flooring. They put it in some of the newly remodeled dorms of the university here in town, and it's supposed to be super durable. It looks like wood, has a grain to it, but care like vinyl.  Ok, that works for me. Aside from the color, I'm really not that picky about it.

So here is the dining room before:

What you can't see is the large reddish stain by the door that I still haven't figured out what is...
Blood? Rust? Cranberry juice stain?The mark of the beast? 

And here's the After (post installation, pre-cleaning):

The downstairs hall before:

(Yeah, you try and get a picture of a whole hallway floor...)

And after:

It matches the stairs so well, I'm very pleased. Here, I took a REAL picture, too...

Are we done with changes? NO.
The kitchen floor (ceramic tile) has decided that whatever material is underneath is not good enough and has started to crack and shift, including one mouse sized chunk by one door that just floats because it's trapped under the threshold.

The roof and HVAC still need to be rehabbed/replaced.  We've repaired the roof already, but it will need to be replaced in the next year or so.  And this is the first thing downstairs other than the laundry room that has been touched.  We don't really have a plan for those rooms, they're mostly acting as storage now.

One step at a time...

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