Certified insane, I should be really.
I just signed off on the papers for the Tin Shack-it is now mine after a meager $2500 paid out over 20 months (on top of the lot rent).
I'm going to run a photo copy of the paperwork and have a little mortgage burning party. The guest list will consist of me, the cats, and maybe the mobile home community manager, and of course the guy I bought the Tin Shack from.
Feels weird, I am a home owner again. Oh S*IT! What have I got myself into this time???
I'd done some reno, cosmetic, I assure-now comes the hard part! Now it becomes quite, very, seriously, serious.
MUST DO FIRST:
Level 1968 Commodore 10x48 trailer (why call a sow's ear anything less?) and raise to 2'6" for service access (why make it hard for any repair person who has to climb under there?)
Install moisture/vapour barrier underneath, repair underbelly
Replace skirting (some metal, some cinder block) with all cinder block-remember the vents and service access) face with 'levelstone' look rock
Replace roof (including trusses) then build freestanding roof-over to extend out from front of house 8'
Rewire, replumb, running the wire and plumbing along interior walls
plumbing where baseboard hits wall
electric along chair rail height:
place outlets at same height-I'm not getting any younger
add dedicated circuits for heat and air, computer, entertainment center,
bath and stove vents-both to vent to outside
plan all electrical work to have 'at exit' shut-off switch to cut off all
but climate control and refrigeration to prevent phantom power use and
NOTE TO SELF: SCREW in cover panels to create easy access for (gulp) repairs
Pull wall paneling, replace insulation, install US made sheet rock
Replace all windows with insulated windows
Build functional exterior shutters (board and batten style)
Replace both doors, peepholes only-no windows!!
Move privet foundation plantings to make room for 6'x40' screened/covered veranda
Paint exterior: light-medium grey with white trim
AFTER THE BASICS ARE COVERED:
Replace entire ceiling system through-out house
Build corner entertainment center between back and side windows:
4'Hx12"D book shelves from back window frame to corner, expand for components
at corner then back to 4x12 under side window to front end of frame
2'Hx8"D cd/dvd storage atop bookcases between both window frames
Build office area between kitchen counter edge in LR to kitchen side edge of back
6'Hx12"D with center pull-out keyboard and mouse tray
louvered door for center monitor and keyboard area
Replace kitchen counter eliminating curved counter (eats up too much LR floor space)
Replace kitchen sink eliminating weird angle
Install small 'diamond' positioned window over kitchen sink
Install Premier 21" range (made in USA, does it get any better?)
Install Edgestar countertop dishwasher with dedicated plumbing in extra space left from losing the huge existing range
Install smallest possible sidexside fridge-NO icemaker or water dispenser
Finish pantry area flanking front window by getting the high gloss black chicken wire and high gloss white lath doors on '6Hx19"Wx8"D and 6'Hx24"Wx12"D pine cabinets already there; mug hooks for mugs and potholder collection
Install 30"D pecan or walnut stained eating counter at windowsill height between the two pantries flanking the window
Install 8"D shelf across top of window frame between pantries
Install top loading washer/dryer combo in utility room
Replace old tub with walk in/glass door shower stall
Replace that completely horrid vanity with slim vessel or pedestal sink-NOTE TO SELF: find installer without attitude to install new sink, damn I am tired of hearing men bitch about installing specialty sinks!
Tear out existing closet in bedroom, replace with a unit stretching across entire back wall extending no more than 24" from wall. Leave existing window (which will have been replaced with insulated one) and use area under window as drawer area.
Yeah, that oughta do it.