Took me a little time to get to sit down on computer again. Thanks for the replies so far everyone, and thanks for the welcome. I will try to find a woodworking group, maybe by posting a message on the board at the Woodcraft store within this region.
I am in Southwest VA, call it Roanoke for the nearest city. I bought the house recently and not actually living it in yet. I wanted to knock out a few key tasks before moving in, so when my apt lease ended I moved in with a friend (hopefully for not too long). I will need to move into the house soon, so I will be living in construction zone for the next couple of years.
I know what you mean when you said my plans might be ambitious, as I am a virtual newb. I have watched hundreds of hours of renovation youtube videos and more recently quite a few cabinet making videos.
Regarding tools (or anything) I research and I tend to be a buy once cry once type of person and I always handle things carefully and gently as I need to make sure my stuff lasts for years and years. For reloaders out there, I started with Redding single stage press (reputation for quality/precision) and have also bought a Dillon progressive press (again known forr quality). Set it and forget it quality tools.
I want to spend $30,000 or less to fix up my home. I will post pictures this weekend. It is a 1979 (with attic/roof trusses) brick house on sloping lot with walkout basement on the side of the house. About 1,200 sqft on main level and 900? in the basement. Main level has 4 bedrooms and two baths. The basement is partially finished but will probably be unfinished when I get done with it. There is a poor quality bathroom down in basement that isn't even connected to drain line. I want to tear it out and open up basement for shop/other. One main room is basement is "finished" with wood colored paneling that got moldy in basement that was super humid this summer before I got dehumidifier in there. There was no AC on in house.
There are very few tools at the moment. I bought a ladder, lawn mower, weed eater, circular saw and recip saw. I have a corded drill, a craftsman benchtop drill press, tile cutting saw that was given to me, jig saw, 1/3 sheet sander, dremel. Not too much. I will be adding as I go.
On main level I am tearing out flooring; carpet from bedrooms and 2 1/4" hardwood in hallway/fam room/kitchen/laundry. I am also tearing out particle board layer of subfloor/underlayment. There is 1/2" plywood below particle board, the base layer of the subfloor. The walls were erected on that plywood. The particle board does not extend below sheetrock of the wall. I guess I am replacing particle board with 1/2" of something, which will yield about 1" subfloor. Although I watch a youtube channel (HomeRenovitionDIY i think) and that fellow says you want 1 1/4" subfloor in order to provide good base if you want to put down any tile.
Master bedroom sits at end of home's hallway on back side of house. At the end of the hallway on the front side is another bedroom. Each of these rooms has a wide but somewhat shallow closet along the wall separating these two bedrooms. I want to knock that wall/closets out. This will create an 11' x 28' space. This will get into 11' x 19 bedroom area and 6' x 9' walk in closet. The the bathroom will get new entry/door, existing bathoom door and few feet of current master bedroom/master bath wall removed to open it up a bit, and move sink from current spot out to existing master bedroom space (sink will end up just on other side of newly built walk in close wall and outside of current bathroom footprint).
I want to do full remodel of hall bath later, for now it is the one that will be used. Also, as I said in first post, all new kitchen. There is also a wall separating family room and kitchen (not galley part of kitchen). Currently it has a large pass through, like 4' x 10', but would like to take that wall out too.
Finally, all ceilings are textured. Hallway and family room have leaf like vein pattern or something, everything else is half moon trowel grooved. The walls aren't smooth either. I think I want smooth walls and ceilings. The half moon trowel stuff and leaf like sand off, so could rent or buy drywall sander. HOWEVER, one bedroom ceiling is painted and sanding does nothing. Also sanding painted walls does nothing. Can I strip paint or somehow sand these painted walls/ceiling surface smooth? Or maybe I need to hire or try to skim coat the whole house? Or hire or re-drywall the whole house?
Thanks all for listening and offering your advice. I will be back with photos.
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