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Old 05-16-2015, 03:20 PM   #1
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Irish builds his dream house

So, what do you do when your kids finally leave your two story house, leaving you with an upstairs you never visit, and you still have to go to the basement to do the laundry? We decided to build (more accurately, have someone else build) a home that has one level with a walk out basement.

We've done a lot to our current house over the past 14 years of living here. The most significant change was turning our living and dining rooms into a 1st floor master suite, and tearing out the wall between the former 1st floor bedroom and the family room. However, we could never figure out how to move the laundry to the first floor without putting an addition on the house, which would drive the value of the house beyond what our current neighborhood would support.

We close on the sale of our house next week, and will move to an apartment during the second week of June.

I've decided to chronicle the construction of this house by taking photos of it every weekend. Why do this on a car forum? Well, Facebook is too public, and I know a lot of you, and know what to expect here in OT. Let the fun begin.

If you've never seen the 1948 movie "Mr. Blanding Builds His Dream House", check it out. It's a classic, and funny as hell.

The first photos are after the second week of construction. Footers are poured, and basement wall forms are onsite.





At the end of week 3, the basement walls are poured. I didn't realize that the back door of the basement was going to be that high above grade. We'll have a patio. Hopefully it will be at the same elevation as the basement floor. I don't want a bunch of steps from the basement door to the patio.



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Old 05-16-2015, 03:38 PM   #3
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Good stuff. We're getting ready to buy, as well. First, we need to fix the current home up and get it on the market.
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Old 05-16-2015, 03:48 PM   #5
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That would be a floor plan that would never be finished.

The only thing I had to give up from my "want" list is the three car garage. It just didn't fit in the budget. We compromised with an extended apron of driveway that will fit two cars. This way, I can have a bay for my project car, and Mrs. Irish will have her space.

Here is a link to the floor plan. Our house will be the mirror image of this.
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Awesome!

I hope to have my own palace when my kids eventually leave. Not that I want them to grow up too fast!

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Good stuff. We're getting ready to buy, as well. First, we need to fix the current home up and get it on the market.

Selling our house was a pain. We cleaned up all the clutter and painted all the walls a neutral color.

One thing that's changed in real estate with the Internet is selling a house. We used a listing agent who charged a flat $500 to put it on the multiple listings and negotiated with the buyers realtor. We also hired a pro to take photos of the house. They looked so good, I almost wanted to keep the house.
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Should have opted for the minimalist quarters with a 4 car garage and separate workshop/mancave.
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Or, I could just buy a garage that has a working car lift.
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Congrats Irish, excited to see it get built.
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Awesome!

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Thanks! It's going to be a long process, especially spending the summer in an apartment. Our workout routine took a hit during the house sale process, but Mrs. Irish and I are back to our dumbbell routines again.
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That would be a floor plan that would never be finished.

The only thing I had to give up from my "want" list is the three car garage. It just didn't fit in the budget. We compromised with an extended apron of driveway that will fit two cars. This way, I can have a bay for my project car, and Mrs. Irish will have her space.

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Well, we will have two spare bedrooms. If you are any good with carpentry, we have a basement to finish. Plan to put another bedroom there. Not sure where you'll park though. It's too late to opt for the three car garage.
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