Friday, June 08, 2007

I just came home from the bank. I applied for a $25,000 loan. Good thing? Bad thing? I dunno. I’m leaving it in God’s hands. If it’s not His will for me to be in debt like this, then I won’t get approved. If I DO get the loan, I can do this. I know I can.
Keep you posted.

Monday, June 04, 2007

I was curious to see how much it would cost to gut the whole bathroom. I was hoping to patch up the drywall and paint, but it turns out I would have to remove both layers of subfloor in there… and to remove the whole subfloor would mean I would have to remove the bathtub… and to remove the bathtub would mean I would have to remove the drywall which is installed over the edges of the bathtub… and to remove the drywall would effect the slightly sagging ceiling in there that I was hoping to preserve. So, I was thinking of gutting it all. Removing the 2 layers subfloors, the tub, the medicine cabinet and lights, the walls and the ceiling. Then putting in a new tub, medicine cabinet, putting back the existing toilet and sink, new walls and ceiling. Well, the estimate I got for this job would be $4618! I cried when I saw that number.

I wanted to see just how much it would cost if I added up all the current estimates I got so far for all the repairs needed … $24,932. I cried some more. I just want to take out $15,000 for a loan. I can’t take this anymore. I’m still looking for much cheaper estimates on several repairs.
I’m thinking of gutting the bathroom myself. The problem will be disconnecting the pipes to the tub and disconnecting the wires to the lights in the medicine cabinet. But IF I can gut it myself… then hopefully it would cost much less to have someone put in new walls, floor, ceiling, tub, sink, toilet and medicine cabinet.

I also got an estimate for putting down the new OSB board throughout the house. I was gonna do that myself but some friends of mine have said that you want to overlap the seams where the existing layer of plyboard is nailed down and you should have the new OSB layer screwed down instead of nailed. This is stuff I want done right and I’m not sure I know enough to do it right. So I got an estimate and it’s $2386. That number isn’t as tearful to me.