What’s Worse Than a Joe Job?

Generally speaking, when you are planing a remodel job repair job, you budget your materials, plus about 10% for waste, things you hadn’t expected. When you own an older home, you plan for about 20%. When you own the house that Joe fixed up and flipped, oh, you budget at least 50%. A times like today, 200% would have been a safe-ish budget.

This is what we started with, 5 years ago. It’s actually not too bad. There were other, much bigger issues to deal with. But, finally, the outdoor carpet, in addition to being the ugliest thing you have ever seen, was falling apart, the lattice type rails were so far from meeting code they were going to meet it on the backside, and while you can’t see it, over to the right, just at the top of the stairs, there was this squishy/wobbly/move a bit disconcertingly when you stepped on it part. Which we solved by putting a planter there, but you have to admit, when you have squishy/wobbly/moving floors, maybe putting extra weight there is not going to be a long term solution.

Time for another remodel repair job at Chez Spit.

All good remodel repair jobs start with the judicious use of a crow bar. Also, enough dirt to start a whole new farm. I know where all of Alberta’s dirt blew during the dirty thirties – right onto my front porch! And yes, with the stunning bit of carpet removed, we get our first bit of news – those stairs can’t be stained, they have to be replaced.

Cha-ching! $75 for new stairs!

And the next revelation, that wasn’t plywood under that carpet, that was tongue in groove planking, covered by roofing tar, plastic matting and some flyers. No really, there were flyers glued to the floor, where it was uneven. Moving on to plan B, which is to rip up the existing floor boards, and replace with deck planking. (Plan A had been to cover with that textured stone effects paint.)

No Cha-Ching as the cost is the same, and laying planking will actually be faster. That’s a bonus for the Spits!

Oh, the squishy spot? That’s a rotten floor joist.

Cha-Ching! $150 more in wood for this rotten floor joist, plus the other 3 we are going to find later on. Also, lose 3 hours pulling out the old ones, and putting in the new ones. Add an extra $20 for new fasteners.

A nice view of the deck, with 80% of the garbage we found hidden under it gone.

Cha-Ching! – $15 for contractor grade heavy garbage bags to haul the wood lathe from something out from under the deck.

Know what would be really cool? If we pulled off the ugly vinyl siding on the bottom and sides of the deck, and used cedar shingles, which we could stain grey to match the railing and the deck planking, right hon? Dream-Cha-Ching! – $75 and 2 hours locating them.

Keeping-Up-With-Reno’s Cha Ching! – $90 for a new mailbox. Cause we can’t put that piece of work back on, now can we?

So there you have it, original budget of about $300, now at least twice that.

What’s worse than a Joe Job? Remodeling Repairing his original work.

NB: This is a REPAIR job. A REMODELING job would require us to go to the City, submit our plans, get a permit, and fix some of the problems that exist (all I’m going to say is this: it has stood for almost a hundred years that way, I’d say the method is working, even if it doesn’t meet code). At the end, we would have to pass an inspection. Old houses don’t pass inspections.

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11 Responses to What’s Worse Than a Joe Job?

  1. Seraphim says:

    Mrs Spit, I hope it's ok but I've tagged you for an award on my blog. Mwah!

  2. Inna says:

    I think the repair job looks good! I'm very glad you got the green carpet removed.
    Was there any change found in all that garbage? Cause you know, that would help deflate the cost and all 🙂

  3. Martha says:

    Nice REPAIR Job, love the pics in progress!! How much for the beers for this project?

  4. Brown Owl says:

    Excellent dialogue Mrs. Spit! Too bad about that joyous green carpet! Sounds like you and Mr Spit have been having a grand time! We get to see the after too, yes?

  5. meinsideout says:

    Looks just like a repair job to me. And it is looking good!

  6. Aunt Becky says:

    My head just esploded.

  7. Jacinta says:

    Mrs Spit, you've made me laugh today. I love the Canadian flag out front. My hubby would do the same if we didn't live in an apartment.

  8. Azaera says:

    Okay, call me a noob, but what exactly is a "Joe" job?

  9. Tanya says:

    I think I have house envy. Your place it way too cute.

  10. Natalie says:

    Oh boy, I love repairing a couple of broken things… it always ends up including a bunch more broken things.

  11. ScientistMother says:

    our house is 55 years old, bought from alcoholic. Fives years later, we have finally removed all their garbage.

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