I feel pretty good about us being able to work with Craftsman Design & Renovation.
It's a pretty big project and should touch most areas of the house. That's going to be pretty unpleasant, because we are currently planning to live here in the house during the work, though I am in the market for a short term rental that isn't too far away.
In general, our project is going to include:
- Total gut, chimney & wall removal, and install of the kitchen and adjacent ½ bath.
- Paint stripping of all of the main floor woodwork and staining to match new doug fir kitchen cabinets.
- Replacing windows on the second story of the house; restoration and new wood storm windows on the main floor.
- Converting the sleeping porch attached to the master bedroom into a closet.
- Adding washer & dryer hookups in the second upstairs sleeping porch.
- Reworking the doors down in the basement (and adding door to backyard), adding an egress window (so we can legally have a bedroom down there), and redoing the basement bathroom.
- Replacing the furnace with a new super-high efficient furnace and heat pump unit.
- Replacing all the old electrical and plumbing located in the exterior walls (and as much as we can access when the house is opened up).
- Insulating the walls and attic.
- Re-siding the house.
- Re-roofing the house.
In the end, we decided to take out the master bathroom addition and we're instead going to turn that sleeping porch space into a closet. So, once this job is done, we'll probably quickly remodel the bathroom up there. But not now—we need at least one operational bathroom during this project.
We ended up taking the paint stripping out of this contractor's job; we'll go ahead and hire it out directly so we can avoid the markup. We also are going to hire out the roofing directly. But, for the most part, we decided to just let them come in and make it beautiful. We've never been very good at DIY house repair projects unfortunately.