Condo renovation

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Project by richgreer posted 04-04-2012 09:08 PM 1845 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I own a condo that my parents used to live in. Dad died and Mom moved to a retirement home and I want to sell the condo. I decided to renovate it to increase its value. In doing so I added some little woodworking touches that my LJ friends might find interesting.

The first picture just shows the kitchen with all new cabinets, countertop, sink and faucet. These are pre-made because I didn’t want to take the time to build them from scratch.

The second picture shows a light fixture that I made. The interior is from the old light fixture and I added the oak surround and a new piece of acrylic. It is intended to match the cabinets and it does so very nicely. Note – this project used about $25 in materials and an hour of labor. I could have purchased a whole new fixture just like this for $270 from the decorating center.

This condo is on the first floor of a 3 story building and has these ledges and window sills that were just drywall. The picture in not good but in the 3rd picture you can see that I covered the ledge and window sill with oak. It really improved the look.

In the 4th picture you see a woodworker’s touch. There was an unavoidable gap between the counter top and the pantry. That piece of 5/4 oak hides the gap nicely and fits perfectly around the curves of the countertop.

The 5th picture is of the bathroom with a new vanity. A piece of oak hides a gap here also.

The 6th picture is only added because I believe a well done plumbing project (that I did) is a thing of beauty.

As an FYI – About $4,500 in expense and 200 hours of labor (that I enjoyed) and I think I increased my market value by about $20,000.

Also note – - I have not been as active as normal on LJ for the past 4 weeks. Now you know why.


-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#1 posted 04-04-2012 10:20 PM

As I sit here and look at those cabinets I can only imagine how proud you feel as you look at them in person! Great work!

Thanks for posting!
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#2 posted 04-04-2012 11:49 PM

Super job Rich, I agree that a well done plumbing job is also an art. Several times I have instaled cabinets and got a call back for leaking plumbing from a job throughed together from ace hardware flexy pieces. In our area of Montana it is easy to know who did the plumbing, and have the guts to charge $90.00 an hour. As for your work, you should be very proud of a very nice cabinet job and trim work. Great upgrade, well done.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#3 posted 04-05-2012 01:14 AM

You’ve been busy Rich! Great job on the upgrades. I would rather take a beating than do plumbing! You have my respect for doing this job yourself. I hate paying a plumber but I hate doing it worse!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 04-05-2012 04:29 AM


Nice upgrades! We hope you’ll be able to sell the condo easily. We, too, can appreciate a well done plumbing job!


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#5 posted 04-05-2012 02:06 PM

That’s a beaut, Rich, great job!

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#6 posted 04-08-2012 02:20 PM

I can seriously relate to the maniacal jumping up and down, screaming ” I’m Done!!”. My hubby and I are maintaining my parents’ house, building our own, and have a “project” house we bought for $3500. The day we get ANY of them completed I’ll probably go crazy.

Great Job, Rich !

-- I'm so busy I don't know if I found a rope or lost a horse...

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