I feel like keeping a thread on our home addition. It might be fun to look at it when we're all done. We have a duplex in Del Ray, a nice little community near National Airport near DC. The addition work started Thursday. Basically, 12 foot addition out the back, same line as the original house, wood side instead of brick (existing). Basement, 1st, 2nd Floor + a rooftop deck.
Budget Goal: 150K
Money Spent: 15K (all cash)
Money Remaining: 165K (25K cash + 140K Home Equity Loan)
Thursday : Workers come out, dig a very big ditch. Julie packs up stuff.
Friday : Workers finish digging, cept there's a gas pipe that they can't dig around (where the emergency stairs will be) They start on our footer. Julie and I pack, and tax 1 Rav4 load over to my rented house, where we have a stand-alone garage that will be storage central for the next few months. Stored stuff.
Saturday : Woken up by gas service workers who turn the gas off and take out the gas pipe. That's done. Julie and I finish the take-down of the metal fence and neighbor's adjoining wood fence. My friend Bart comes over and helps cut the metal roads so the city will pick them up (free!), plus nail down the nails in all the wood. Take another heavy load over to the garage. House is beginning to look empty. The couch, loveseat,chairs, are all gone. Nothing in the living room cept the tv , and furniture her parents are taking.
Sunday : Put together a trailer to haul stuff, but we're missing a bolt and a nut. Bummer. Julie continues to pack up in the house, and another huge load goes over to the garage. I almost fix the trailer, it will be done Tuesday, I think. Our representative/general contractor, and handyman (and julie's bro-in-law), comes over to talk time-tables with her, and budget with me. Schedule could be tight, tentatively set for full completion Aug 19th. We get married Sept. 8th. Budget looks better once we account for everything we paid so far. We can cover 15% overall cost-overrun, expecting 5% overall, so that's good. I relax at my home that night. Taking Monday off to crunch numbers for the wedding. Honeymoon is now paid for (cash). I realize that the 6 month emergency fund Ive worked hard on will disappear to 2 months with the addition work...oh well. Id rather pay as much now than wait till later.
Monday : Loan paperwork from the bank comes in. I get to look over it before signing on Tuesday. One of Julie's neighbors tells her she can housesit for him, 3 doors down from the construction site. Saves her an hour every day, plus no boarding costs for the doggie. That helps out a ton.
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