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    After one year, one month and 13 days after buying a house we planned to remodel, we are finally getting started. I can't tell you how frustrating the construction loan process has been. We have exceptional credit, enough income, history and so and to get it done. When you hear about banks NOT lending money, believe it. I had to fight to get this damn thing going.

    Anyway, we have finally started with the remodel and demolition of most of the house. We looked for almost a year, a lot of bank owned properties out there. This one is in an area that we could have never afforded and kept our lifestyle the same. I have always tried to live below our means enough to put 20% or so away and still be comfortable. So....along came this one. It is perfect. Quiet area, no drive through traffic, close to the kids schools, work and the American River.

    First order of business was to buy it asap. We knocked out the purchase in less than 30days. That's the easy part. Then, we hired an architect and engineer to help with the design and remodel. An extensive remodel. The architect took 5 mos to finish. He was doing several jobs at once and kept missing my markups [!] The engineer was fairly quick. Now the County wants their cut $$$ We're at 10k in fees right now.

    We are tearing down over 50% of the existing house. The entire roof structure, and replacing the trusses. Raising the ceilings to 9', adding 1000 sf to the foot print. Adding one more bathroom, replacing entire electrical, plumbing and sewer systems. Repairing any issues that a 75 year old house might have as well.

    The home was built in 1936. It was the house on a 20 acre almond orchard. As years went by, they split the farm up and sold most off. It's a shame. I would have liked to see all the land before it was developed. Anyway, it's the highest house in the area and being close to the river, that's a good thing.

    As purchased in June of last year...















    It was owned by Ronald Reagans' personal secretery. We found some old documents in the cabinets from her. Nothing too important, but showed some of his appointments for a few days while he was Govenor.

















    The demo begins. All the lath and plaster are out. All the electrical is nearly out.

    Kitchen now







    Saved the original brick to re-use





    Original redwood clear heart siding...will be re-used for patio ceiling





    Dirt work started







    Had to repair a twisted floor beam



    We started a garden in the Spring as a way to keep up the property and take our minds off the delays. A zuchini



    Good soil! Sandy loam.

    I have been working nights and weekends at the new place. Right now I gotta get up and take another handful of advil. More pics to follow as things progress.


    \'79 20 175 \'rude[br]Sacramento, CA (Deep behind enemy lines!!)[br]...something fishy this way comes...[br]http://www.westernsteelcouncil.org[br]http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=13979

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    Good luck. Are you living onsite while doing the work? I hate that old lathe and plaster finish. Gotta love architects, they know how to draw really pretty pictures.
    Simmer Down[br]\'03 Contender 23 Open, 250 HPDI[br]UPTIGHT[br]\'94 Mako 211 Classic, 250 OX66 --SOLD--[br]Miami[br][URL=http://s45.photobucket.com/user/wobbet60/media/Contender%2023/S5031021.jpg.html]

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    • #3
      Good luck and keep us posted as progress continues. My folks did something very similar about 15 years ago. In their case they would have come out ahead bulldozing and starting fresh, but it was waterfront and if starting over they would have had to change to mound type septic system and had homeowners insurance issues.
      \'93 241 https://forum.classicmako.com/forum/...etting-started
      \'82 224 - Mobile, AL Gone but NEVER Forgotten - https://forum.classicmako.com/forum/...indshield-tank

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      • #4
        quote:


        Originally posted by wobbet60


        Good luck. Are you living onsite while doing the work? I hate that old lathe and plaster finish. Gotta love architects, they know how to draw really pretty pictures.



        No, we can't live there during the tear down and remodel. When this one is done we may sell our current place. I've done the rental thing in the past and it's a pain in the butt. We have plenty of equity still so it's not like we're gonna get hit too bad selling. I didn't have a problem with the architect. I just would rather have him tell me we were at the bottom of the list, intead he drug it on and on. We would go weeks after it takes me all of 5 min to mark up a set of drawings on autocad. I'd turn them around too fast I guess. Then I would call him and he would check his email and say, "Oh, I didn't know you sent that back so fast"....

        Whatever, it's done and now we're making sawdust.
        \'79 20 175 \'rude[br]Sacramento, CA (Deep behind enemy lines!!)[br]...something fishy this way comes...[br]http://www.westernsteelcouncil.org[br]http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=13979

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        • #5
          Sorry I missed the chance to stop by for that beer, but now understand how busy you have been... Best of luck with the remaining venture...
          Working for a livin\' is HIGHLY Over-Rated...[][br]

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          • #6
            Wow thats a project. Good luck and keep us updated. Pretty cool history there and makes you wonder if Ronnie ever stopped by.
            1978 Mako 25 - Blind Hog
            1985 Mako 20c - sold
            Fort Walton Beach, FL
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            • #7
              great thread and beautiful property. Thanks for sharing. The history is really neat w/ that home.
              [br][br][email protected][br]one life, live it.[br]Current boats:[br]2012 Parker 2120[br]1965 classic 13 whaler[br]*previous makos:[br]1988 Mako 231 w/ Merc optimax 225 : retired to the sweet water of lake lanier, georgia[br]1987 MAKO 17 standard w/ merc 90 : retired to the sweet water of lake george, new york[br]Tampa, Florida

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              • #8
                Neat house Greg. I'll bet it has good Carma. Hard to find a place like that with big trees in Ca. Looks like it's on a good sized lot to boot. I can see another boat in your future once the house is finished. Kinda know the area.....used to live in Fair Oaks when I was at Davis. Lisa has two sisters that live in Sac and Woodland. Next time I head that way I'll give you a call.

                strick
                Oakley, California

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                • #9
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                  Originally posted by Strick


                  Neat house Greg. I'll bet it has good Carma. Hard to find a place like that with big trees in Ca. Looks like it's on a good sized lot to boot. I can see another boat in your future once the house is finished. Kinda know the area.....used to live in Fair Oaks when I was at Davis. Lisa has two sisters that live in Sac and Woodland. Next time I head that way I'll give you a call.


                  strick


                  Yeah, you see that spot for the 25?? [] And, it has a small basement [] Time to brew some more.....soon.
                  \'79 20 175 \'rude[br]Sacramento, CA (Deep behind enemy lines!!)[br]...something fishy this way comes...[br]http://www.westernsteelcouncil.org[br]http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=13979

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                  • #10
                    Good luck and have fun with it!
                    1985 Mako 21B w/ 2013 Yamaha F300[br]http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=42046 [br]1967 Boston Whaler 13\'[br]1971 Boston Whaler 13\'[br]Richmond Hill,GA[br]

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                    • #11
                      Thanks troy. I think my blood pressure was off the chart while we went through all the crap to get this thing finalized and turning dirt...Stay in there, don't take no for an answer.
                      \'79 20 175 \'rude[br]Sacramento, CA (Deep behind enemy lines!!)[br]...something fishy this way comes...[br]http://www.westernsteelcouncil.org[br]http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=13979

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                      • #12
                        Great thread Greg, you and Troy are scaring the hell out of me, I have started thinking about moving once again but it sounds like the climate is rough sledding. Keep us updated[]
                        David, New Kent, Va



                        Project Thread: https://forum.classicmako.com/forum/classicmako-com-forums/mako-projects/20499-tc-update

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                        • #13
                          The roof is gone. Now we tear off all the rafters and the rest of the framing above the top plate getting ready for the new trusses.












                          \'79 20 175 \'rude[br]Sacramento, CA (Deep behind enemy lines!!)[br]...something fishy this way comes...[br]http://www.westernsteelcouncil.org[br]http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=13979

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                          • #14
                            WOW! You are really digging in, so what kinda of time frame are you looking at? Is rain out there an issue/concern?
                            \'93 241 https://forum.classicmako.com/forum/...etting-started
                            \'82 224 - Mobile, AL Gone but NEVER Forgotten - https://forum.classicmako.com/forum/...indshield-tank

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                            • #15
                              I hope to have a new electrical panel in and the service buried in the next couple of weeks. I need to demo the wall that currently has the weatherhead and panel now. We get the new panel in soon so I can use it and not have to set a temp pole during construction. Time frame is to be in by Christmas.....we hope. As for rain, I'm sure now that I peeled it open, it'll rain for sure! [B)]

                              We are saving two ceilings out of the whole house. The Dining room and Living room. Once I get the old insulation out and rafters down, I'll tarp them so we don't chance it.
                              \'79 20 175 \'rude[br]Sacramento, CA (Deep behind enemy lines!!)[br]...something fishy this way comes...[br]http://www.westernsteelcouncil.org[br]http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=13979

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