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    Quote Originally Posted by happyone View Post
    We got some inheritence money with the sale of my FIL home and have completely gutted the kitchen and dining area as well as changing a one car car port to a 2 car garage. Since we have the money we are having it done.

    I was going to have a cook top with a wall oven, but when pricing I found that a cooktop was about $500 more than a range, plus the cost of the wall oven
    it's worth it. get gas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by old_gregg View Post
    it's worth it. get gas.
    thnx for the advice - we did!

    The kitchen and dining area are completely gutted right now - it amazing how much bigger it looks. It also echos quite a bit. The dogs DID NOT like walking across the plywood flooring to get outside at first, but they've gotten used to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pelado View Post
    I'm not particularly good with building things. I started a project a week or so ago. Trying to install a new shoe storage bench in the entry from the garage. The spot is L-shaped - about 50" long and 30" deep. I framed the top shelf with 2x3s and the lower two shelves with 2x2s. I'll secure the back of the shelves to the studs in the wall and have 2x3 vertical supports on either end. The top shelf and sides will be encased with a 1x12 board. The lower shelves just have a couple 2x2s spanning the middle.

    The main issues I'm dealing with now are as follows:

    - I have a lot of sanding to do
    - I have a lot of staining or painting to do
    - The wall has molding at the base that I don't want to remove, so I'll probably have to put a notch into the bottom corner of each of the 1x12 boards on the sides.
    - I need a vertical support at the front junction of the "L" to make sure this thing can hold up to someone like me sitting on it. Probably need to pick up some metal plates so I can attach a 2x2 or 2x3 between each shelf and down to the floor.

    I'll try to remember to take some pictures and post them so you all can help me turn this into something not too embarrassing.
    Still have some touch-up work to do, but I'm calling this project substantially completed.

    I ended up using 2x12 boards for the vertical supports and 1x12's for the seating surface. My original 2x3 bench frame was the same dimensions as the other shelves. I swapped out for longer 2x3's that would span the whole length of the bench for greater stability. Each shelf is also secured to studs in the wall.

    I made plenty of mistakes along the way. The one that I'm most annoyed with right now is that I should have used a rougher sandpaper and sanded a lot more. It's not nearly as smooth as I thought before I started with the primer and paint.

    Here are the pictures of the new shoe storage system along with one of the old systems:

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    Looks great. Good job.


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    Throw some shoes in there so we can see it at work!
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    looks great. was ikea having a sale?
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    Quote Originally Posted by old_gregg View Post
    looks great. was ikea having a sale?
    That would have been a lot easier. And quicker. And probably would have meant less clutter in my garage for the last 7 months.
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    Finally got the electrical into the barn
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    And water. (and drain)
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    Base for the sink to sit on.
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    The kitchen is finished - I really like it - gas range and a electric wall oven. Thanksgiving and Christmas baking should be handled

    The contractor started the demo for the garage this week - currently, there is no concrete in what was the car port and very deep footings as well as the old carports rafters are exposed. We hope pour the footings this week and get the whole this done in about 6 weeks. There is a question of whether or not we will be able to save the old carport. It seems the structural engineer wants more rafters or something. When the contractor opened up the rafters his thought was we should be able to save it, just have to get the SE to agree.

    I'll post some pics of the kitchen if anyone is interested.
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    Quote Originally Posted by happyone View Post

    I'll post some pics of the kitchen if anyone is interested.
    Yes, please.

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    Last edited by happyone; 08-30-2017 at 03:33 PM.

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    Nice. I like the blue lamp shades.

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    Looks great. Love the cabinets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by happyone View Post
    ...The contractor started the demo for the garage this week - currently, there is no concrete in what was the car port and very deep footings as well as the old carports rafters are exposed. We hope pour the footings this week and get the whole this done in about 6 weeks. There is a question of whether or not we will be able to save the old carport. It seems the structural engineer wants more rafters or something. When the contractor opened up the rafters his thought was we should be able to save it, just have to get the SE to agree.
    Thnx all for the comments

    Structurally the garage is done and usable, we were able to use the existing rafters. All that is left is to get power to it and it the siding installed. The power company needs to move the meter, hopefully sometime this week and then we will have power and be able to close the garage doors. We are having the siding replaced on the whole house except on the front where there is a lot of brick work - getting rid of the 1970s aluminium siding and putting an awning/poach the whole length of the front. The siding and awning should be done next week and then I'll have my house back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by happyone View Post
    here you go


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    So that drop in the ceiling... was that just for the old lighting? That a smart idea to take that out.
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    yep

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    I hate Rocky Mountain Power (or whatever they are calling themselves now)

    It's been 19 days since we passed the city inspections. We should have had power in 7-10 working days. The contractor called the power company to move the meter and hook up the power to the garage. Today we called to find out what the problem was and get an estimated time they were going to move the meter. They said that the hold up was that we - the homeowner hadn't authorized the movement. According the contractor he has spoken to them 4 or 5 time in the last 10 days and NOBODY said anything about needing homeowner authorization. It will be 7-10 working days from today to have the meter moved and power in the garage

    Appearently adding a garage and moving the meter is considered new construction

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