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Anonymous asked in Home & GardenDo It Yourself (DIY) · 10 years ago

Remodeling House- Where Do I Start? (Details Inside)?

My new home is a major "fixer-upper", and so far we aren't running into many problems remodeling this inside..but we haven't done a whole lot. I would like to get to the outside, now that it's warming up and I really dislike the curb appeal of the house. Here's the thing: I don't know where to start!

One back room of the house had roof damage that was left unattended and caused the ceiling joists and boards to need to be replaced, as well as the roof (so basically it needs to be redone inside and out). It's a fairly large room, 10 x 20 or so, and since the house is smaller, I would like to get it repaired so that it is useable.

The windows in the house are not all proper windows, some are just the outer parts of storm windows (the single pain that goes behind most normal windows), and so therefor of course the house doesn't stay properly insulated NOR is it sound proof so I have to listen to the neighbor's dogs bark constantly and that's something I'd really like to change ASAP.

The siding on the house is dark dark brown cedar shake in front and dark dark brown wooden siding on the sides, so it's appeal is just gloomy and it will be replaced.

Here is my dilemma: I don't know what to do first. I plan on replacing the windows with as close to the same size as possible (unless some of the windows are custom, which I think only one may be), I want to put on a metal roof, and vinyl siding. Which do I do first? Is there any order that would be smarter? I mean..do I have to put windows in first before I side the house, due to trim and framing?

I just don't know what order to do things or where I should start. Please help. Any DIY handyman/handywoman help would be appreciated. I'm a fairly experienced DIYer and have the help of friends and family who have contractor/construction experience when it comes time to get the job done, so telling me to hire a contractor will not be appreciated. I really have to do this paycheck to paycheck and want to save where I can. This is a transition home, so I'm looking to do things in the most efficient way possible.

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  • 10 years ago
    Best Answer

    Any time you build or do major remodel there is a proper procedure.

    This assumes that you don't need plumbing/electrical work done. That goes in the same time as the framing

    1. Foundation

    2. Framing(walls)

    3. Roof

    4. Windows

    5. interior/exterior

    Since you have the basic framing done, get the roof fixed first. Demo the drywall to make sure you don't have hidden water damage(MOLD). It's kind of a plus because you can insulate the room while you've got the walls open. Drywall isn't expensive and the piece of mind is worth it.

    As for the outside, while you're waiting to redo it, consider a coat of paint. They make paint for vinyl siding and you can get it match whatever color you want. You'll feel better, it's not hard or expensive and then you can wait until you can afford what you want.

    Most often your window companies can order windows to fit your exsisting openings so reframing is only if you want different windows, which you might not be able to do, depending on how the walls were made.

    Hope I helped

    Source(s): Contractor for over 25 years
  • Daisy
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    I am sure she will be fine! We have 2 labs/ great pyrneese mix dogs that go every where we do, including the drive from missouri to texas! Some things you may want to look into! They have portable food and water bowls they are less messy and less room! Maybe some puppy training pads just incase she gets a little motion sick and they can be thrown away if there is an accident, rather it be potty or vomit! and like you said she will have her bed and normal food and toys!!! Just a suggestion until she gets use to it you may want to make more frequent stops lol ;) do yall have a while before you go for a long distance? If so maybe take her several places that is not such a long haul!!! Also you may want to look for treats that are easier on the digestive system and such so you can help eliminate as many factors as you can for her getting motion sickness! Petco has alot of treats and food that are easy oin their tummys :) But I do not see yall having a problem. Good luck!! And I am sure yall will have a great time travling together!

  • 10 years ago

    FirstYou Do Roof Then Windows Then Siding

  • 10 years ago

    Start from the top and work down

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