Guest House Updates

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by azcycle, Aug 27, 2012.

  1. troidus

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    Unless you have stock sitting around, get some greenboard for that part.
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    Don't forget to treat the mold. spray 50/50 bleach and water. Let dry and put a coat of shellac or sealer on before covering up.
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  3. PhiSig1071

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    Great looking work. I'm interested to see the finished project.
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  4. azcycle

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    I have about 4 sheets of drywall left over, but it's the normal stuff. Do the right thing and buy new green stuff or just use what I have? To do it REALLY right, I'd have to gut the whole bathroom, but that's not going to happen at this point. I'll probably use the drywall I have. Have a can of Kilz, too. Will treat anything higher than the replaced piece with bleach/water and Kilz it, then repaint.

    Thanks!
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  5. troidus

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    You could put a coat of RedGuard on the lower portion, but you'd have to coat the edges, too, to keep the sheetrock from wicking water up inside. This would be mostly to protect it from mop water and tub splashover until you get to redo it completely.
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  6. azcycle

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    That's a good idea... I'll look into it. Thanks!
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  7. walkingbear

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    here is blue. coating on the bathroom wall before the tile. Great stuff will keep out water pentration.


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  8. azcycle

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    Ripped out the bottom 24" inches of bathroom drywall last night. Glad I did... it was crumbing and water-damaged (some moldy). Good news is the PO used the greenboard. Also installed the vanity mirror and light. Bathroom is nearly complete! Trip to IKEA tomorrow to get the "kitchen" counter and some other stuff.

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    Crappy iPhone camera and the fluorescent lighting makes the wall color look green. It's more of a neutral grayish/brown.

    Ordered a very nice hide-a-bed couch that is a more modern technology that doesn't include a metal and wire/spring frame. It's solid wood with a memory-foam mattress. And the best part is it's custom built here in the US - Texas to be exact. That should arrive just before the baby is due.

    I think this project will be wrapped up in a week!
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  9. Ratski

    Ratski Been here awhile

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    Sorry but, famous last words.
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    Looking good though, I just bought my first house and already completely redid a basement rec room into a bedroom and am working on finishing the attic.
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  10. azcycle

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    Ha! Yeah, we'll see. The end is in sight, however!

    Spent most of Saturday driving up to the city-wasteland that is called Phoenix and shopped at IKEA. Got some small items, a small dining table/chairs, and the main reason I went: A cheap laminate countertop. The rest of Saturday was spent sanding the replaced bathroom drywall and finishing paint.

    Sunday got to work on the vinyl plank flooring. This stuff is so incredibly easy to put down. Cutting is as easy as scoring with a razor blade and snapping it off. I got the entire thing done in about 7 hours. My knees are killing me (even with the knee pads) but it was well worth it!

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    I do have to finish the planking in the bathroom closet, and then I'll install the old cabinets, counter, and kitchen sink.
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  11. azcycle

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    You cursed me! :rofl


    Made very minor progress this week. Hung cabinets and leveled the floor cabinets (holy cow were they off originally!) I basically had to lift the one side by a 3/4" to level the whole thing. Plan on finishing that tonight, including putting in the water heater and countertop, and start door/floor/ceiling trim.
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  12. azcycle

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    Lots of work this weekend. All ceiling, floor, and door trim installed and painted. With only a cheap plastic miter box and hand-saw, this took a long time. Cabinet pulls, water heater, and counter and kitchen sink installed. Built a cabinet box for the little refrigerator, stained and installed that. Do I have photos? No. I'll snap some tonight after I clean up the mess a bit. Only need to paint trim one more coat, install the kitchen wall tile, bathroom sink and toilet, and closet doors. Should get quite a bit of that finished up tonight.


    Had a nightmare main house plumbing issue this weekend. The old bathtub in the "pink" bathroom has always drained slowly. A previous owner reglazed it themselves to this ugly beige color, and it began chipping. So I had a professional reglazer come out and before they started, they said that the drain HAS to run freely or they can't reglaze or warantee their work. No problem... called a plumber to come out and snake the drain, but warned them that previous plumbers (and myself) had snaked it with no success. Snake goes down a couple feet, hits something, and stops.

    Plumber came out Saturday morning, tells me that this year house doesn't have a p-trap but rather a "box-trap" which are difficult to snake. So he goes to work. A little while later, he calls me into the bathroom and says: "I found out why your drain is so slow." He shows me the snake, and it's covered in mud. "You don't have a pipe anymore."

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    He sends down his camera and I watch as it descends down. And I could see where the old pipe just disintegrates to nothing, leaving a pipe-shaped tube of dirt with a tiny pool of water at the bottom. So our bathtub has been draining into the soil beneath our house for who-knows-how-long. At least the year we've lived there. The previous owners told us it had been running slow for a while. I know that many of the pipes had been replaced before we moved in but they obviously didn't bother to get under the tub. And we have an original step-in shower which I'm sure has never been replaced. Thankfully that drain is running nice and fast.

    So now he is digging under the wall outside the bathroom to get UNDER the bathtub and replace with a new pipe. They also are scrubbing and inspecting basically every other pipe in the house, and installing a 2nd sewer clean out. This basically will empty our savings two effing weeks before our baby is due. :puke1

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    This is how far he got on Saturday. Apparently our house was built on a huge slab of bedrock (Caliche) so it was slow going while he jackhammered through it. This hole is about 3' wide and about 4' deep here. Dirt underneath is very moist, and we found TONS of tree roots, of course... they had an eternal spring of water!
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  13. azcycle

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    More main house plumbing drama and then on to the final good stuff! Part of the quoted bathtub drain job was to put in a second sewer clean-out vent. We only had one and it wasn't really installed correctly. It also was installed at a "y" junction where one arm came from the main house, and the other came from the guest house. This is relatively new PVC, so that was good, but as I mentioned, it was misaligned. As the plumbers got down there, they found that the main sewer line exiting the main house was in very bad shape.

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    So with that taken care of, and two new cleanout vents installed, they inspected the rest of the line heading toward the street. That's when they found out that the new PVC ended about 8' from the street, and was tied into the original clay sewer. I suspect the PO didn't replace this section because they needed a permit. So they got as close as they could without one, and left it. The clay was cracked, misaligned, and filled with tree roots:
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    We got a permit and the plumbers fixed that. Now, we do have a small section of original sewer pipe under the slab but they did a thorough scrubbing of our entire system and said the rest is in good enough shape to last a while longer. So what began as a $300 bathtub reglazing project became a four-figure plumbing re-pipe. Wasted our savings account, just 2 weeks before our baby is due. I'm thankful we had the money and didn't have to borrow/finance or run up a credit card, but still. I haven't written a check that big, ever. Not fun.

    But onto the fun stuff!

    The guest house is 99% complete! I've spent the time since the last update painting, adding floor/ceiling/door trim, painting, plumbing, and tiling. I've still got to build a little microwave shelf but I think that's going to have to wait. Also need to do the small stuff like hang towel racks, blinds, and mount the AC/Heater window unit. I also need to insulate and drywall the garage-side of the shared wall. Okay, so maybe not 99% but it's totally liveable now. We've got a tiny kitchen table and our sleeper/couch just arrived today.

    This is another project that I really don't want to think about the cost, but for posterity and for those who asked, I would guess it ran us about $5,500, including a few hundred bucks in new tools. I did all the labor except for the main plumbing and electric, which was about $2,000 of that cost.

    She's done!

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    And just for comparison... here is what it looked like at the end of July:
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  14. zeeede

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  15. walkingbear

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    It is a really nice job. Congrats on finishing and on the baby.

    Mine little one is 18 months now and time does fly pass quickly .. enjoy the baby. The best times are the mid-night feedings where you are alone
    and rocking the baby to sleep.

    The bonding is incredible.
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  16. azcycle

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    Thanks for the audience and advice/guidance when needed. This is probably the last update here as there isn't much else to do.

    We ordered a very nice fold-out couch (made in Texas) that is made of wood rather than the uncomfortable and heavy metal framework. It folds out beautifully and is fully supported, topped with a 6" memory foam mattress. Super comfortable and you don't get that annoying sagging and bar across your lumbar at night. We got it in a dark navy blue and I think it looks great against the brown walls. The kitchen backsplash tile has the same blue in it to tie it all together.

    Really bad iPhone pics when lighting is low, but you get the idea:
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    Also finally installed the window ac/heater unit and some cheap blinds:
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    IKEA supplied a little table that has wings fold out from underneath if needed, and chairs. Main entrance to the right, garage entrance to the left. It's cozy when the bed (Queen size) is folded out, but still comfortable.
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    And a shot of the bathroom because I'm not sure I ever took any. The toilet, shower and bathroom sink are all original. I just cleaned them up really well and reinstalled. Saved us $1000 there. You can see the new bathroom vent box above the shower here.
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    And I think I'm finally done, with only 6 days to go before baby-azcycle arrives. We've got our first guest (wife's cousin) tonight... hope she likes it!
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  17. squiffynimrod

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    Congrats on a good job.

    The guest house looks nice too.
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