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So about a year ago my wife and I bought a lake house at Pomme De Terre.

Her grandparents have two 2 bedroom houses and her uncle has a 2 bedroom house all on one stretch of road. Another house came up for sale a few lots down from their houses so my wife and I decided to go ahead and pick it up while it was listed.

After looking at it we realized it would need some updating, mainly new electrical ran and some cosmetic stuff. Our big plan was to open the kitchen and living room up, put in new cabinets but leave the majority of the house alone.

This is what it looked like when bought it.







After doing some inital tear out to find that it needed a full electric job, the insulation was r7 and there was mold from leaking pipes we just decided to go all in and gut the place to the studs and make it exactly what we wanted.











Decided to move the stairs to make the kitchen bigger and the old one were really steep so they would miss the duct work that ran on the back of the house. That was a bigger job than I thought it would be.






Tore out all of the old flooring so we could level it and install a matching floor throughout. This stuff burns hot as hell in the camp fire.





Ordered all new windows from work at cost, all the windows ended up being super cheap, I still need to go back and trim them out.






The only job I have hired out so far was the taping and muding of the drywall. Dude went beast mode, went down on a thursday and had it done on sunday. He floated out all my shitty hanging and made it look good.





I spent Sunday afternoon spraying the first coat of primer on.



So it has now been 11 months and we went from a 2 month remodel to an entire gut job with new electric, plumbing supply and drain, new drywall, a different layout.

I hope to be able to grab the cabinets this week or next week. Paint in June, get the cabinets installed over the 4th of July. Lay flooring by the end of July. Order the counter tops in August. Then trim out the exterior of the windows and do the interior trim this fall.
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nice man. it sucks now but congrats on committing to doing the work and try to remember the prize at the end (from someone in the middle of remodel fatigue himself currently).

solid plan and good luck with the execution.
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Very cool project. Are there watercraft limitations on pomme de terre? Are you lakefront?
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nice man. it sucks now but congrats on committing to doing the work and try to remember the prize at the end (from someone in the middle of remodel fatigue himself currently).

solid plan and good luck with the execution.
Its getting alot closer. I am pretty excited of how far it as come so far. I am a CPA for my 8-5 job and this stuff is fun for me.

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Very cool project. Are there watercraft limitations on pomme de terre? Are you lakefront?
Its a core lake so your either on 25+ foot cliffs to get lake front property or your 500 foot back to get lake access. We dont have the views (yet, I plan on doing a roof top deck on the garage when its built so we can see the lake).

I like the 30 second golf cart ride to the dock.

As far as restrictions there are not any that I know of. However there are not the big cabin cruisers that you see at the ozarks there.
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Very nice. That's a lot of work but will be way worth it when you're done.

My wife's grandma lives in Hermitage. Not by the lake but just up the road.
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Very nice. That's a lot of work but will be way worth it when you're done.

My wife's grandma lives in Hermitage. Not by the lake but just up the road.
We have a Hermitage address but the house is down by Hobos gas station.
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I may be doing the same thing. I might purchase my family lakehouse. Nothing big. And I don't know where it is. All I know is that it's down the street from a Amish shop.
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Got the renderings back for the kitchen and the order is going in today. The island is going to have a framed out wall to extended the counter top so there is a place to sit and eat behind the stove.









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Got all the air vents moved into the floor, doors on the bathroom and my sons room, and ripped out the entire moldy basement, got all the outlets in except for the living room and finished priming the ceiling/walls.

Forgot to attach the layout as purchased and what we are changing it to in the first post.

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Got all the cabinets down there this weekend, started putting a few of them together after getting the main living area painted.







Also got all the blinds installed and the first coat on the ceiling. Man I hate painting.

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Got alot done over the long weekend.

Bedrooms are basically done minus trim.

Back bedroom



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Kitchen appliances got delivered and hooked up. and started hanging cabinets.





Hoping to have the upstairs done around labor day
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Looks pretty sweet. Nice work.
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Looks great! What are your plans for stove top ventilation?
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Looks great! What are your plans for stove top ventilation?
That was one that I didnt really think through. We will have to add a vent at some point. Not sure if I will do a down draft in the island or do a thin stainless steel vent into the attic. Either will be a fairly straight forward install, minus the climbing in the attic.
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With gut and remodels like that on second homes, do people typically just pay for things in cash or do you get renovation financing? Just curious, don't have to answer if you don't want.
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That was one that I didnt really think through. We will have to add a vent at some point. Not sure if I will do a down draft in the island or do a thin stainless steel vent into the attic. Either will be a fairly straight forward install, minus the climbing in the attic.
Sounds like a plan.

FWIW we have a down draft in our island and it sucks.. Granted it is fairly old, but I would not go that route again. When we remodel our kitchen I'm planning on switching to a stainless vent in the attic.
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Completely forgot about this old thread.

Nick to answer your question, I originally paid for the house with a helco on our main house, did everything with a zero % card with cash back and then the plan was to refinance the house into a 1st mortgage. However we decided to build a new house and shop for me on land so we sold our old main home and I just paid everything off. I just got done updating the spreadsheet and we are 24k into the renovation with another 2k or so to get the inside finished.

Since last year, I got the upstairs mostly done. Still need to tile the bathroom and do trim. Got the basement bedroom finished over the weekend. Got the trim up around the windows so the house doesnt look so shitty now from the outside. Cleaned out the "flower" beds of rocks and moved them to the ditch. Started tearing out the old fence and burning the other ditch.

Countertops are on order and should be here in a couple weeks. I couldn't justify spending 5-6k on stone counters so we just got laminate.

Hoping to make the exterior look a lot better this year. Then this winter clear out our second lot of trees, and start of the trim work. I am not the greatest at trim so I keep putting it off.

setup for a reclaimed wood front



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Old basement room smelled like mold, they glued the drywall to the block walls and it was covered on the back side. pulled it all down, framed the wall 6" off the block, insulated and finished it off. Made a little hallway to the unfinished portion as well. Turned out pretty nice, going to order a frosted window for the stairs and the bedroom so you cant tell I framed it off the block wall as easily. Also ran out of flooring, will have to grab enough to finish the hall and do the stairs.









All of these rocks came out of the flower bed out front.



Ditch that I am working on cleaning up. We own to the bottom of the hill. prolly 125' or so is our second lot.



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