Friday, June 15, 2007

Friday question of the day

As I've stated earlier I have been coveting the washer/dryer that friends of mine recently bought. I've also been coveting many of the renovations I've seen around Petworth. Don't get me wrong, I love my house but sometimes it gets frustrating when it is nearly 1000 degrees Celsius and walls seem to be literally cracking up (see photo below). Do you remember when we all received those big home inspections before we bought our homes? Well, mine was about as thick as Volume T from the World Book Encyclopedia. Remember the World Book Encyclopedia? I think I wrote every school report from 2nd to 9th grade based on them. So whenever anyone asks you, what did kids do before the internet and google, well the answer is all World Book. I digress. Sorry, I've been drinking. So my question of the week is: if you are not rolling in cash how do you know when to make renovations to your house? And I mean optional renovations like a new kitchen or new electrical wiring...

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

What home inspection? We had to waive that to get our house.

Christina said...

How do you know when to do optional renovations like a new kitchen? When you have the money and the inclination, I guess. If sparks are flying out of your wall outlets, new wiring moves into the realm of "non-optional."

Sometimes I think I would like to get stainless steel appliances like all the cool kids. But then, where would I keep my refrigerator magnet collection?

pumpkin skillethead said...

you get creative. i wanted stainless steel stuff, so i bought stainless steel spraypaint that i found online, and some stainless steel "stickers" on ebay.

where there's a will, there's a way.

K said...

You can get some fake stainless stuff (GE makes it) that looks like stainless but is not as fingerprinty and is magnetic, too. I think they call it Cleansteel or something like that.

I guess it comes down to money and inclination. Although we had a lot of work done on the house and it started out being cosmetic (the bathroom and kitchen were disasters) but ended up moving into the realm of rotten joists and stuff, so it is good we got it done. Otherwise the bathroom would have ended up IN the kitchen.

Anonymous said...

If you have the time (which is the biggest issue) most cosmetic stuff can be done yourself (and with friends) albiet with some trial and error. It is when you get into hard core plumbing and electrical does it start to pay for someone.

I just redid my bathroom probably cost 1/3 of a professional. I only really needed a plumber to come in for a few hours one day. Otherwise, I did it kind of like the HD commercial asking lots of questions and going on DIY.com

Daniel said...

aw man, I miss displaying my frig magnet collection. it's on the side of my frig now, which is not as fun. PoP and I used to have a "places visited magnet" contest going. He won.

Anonymous said...

The stainless steel look appliances are also MUCH cheaper than stainless stell.

Anonymous said...

Stainless steel appliances are quickly going to be the same as having yellow and pea green appliances. If I see another SS kitchen with that crappy black granite I'm gonna puke. Besides SS and black granite are IMPOSSIBLE to keep clean. Who needs the hassle. I'd stick with plain old utility white - never goes out of stylee. PoP: just fix what you have to only and be glad you don't have someone insisting that you need another bathroom or that the rooms all need to be painted (again). Enjoy yourself before it's too late. SS and exposed brick aren't worth the trouble.

Prince of Petworth said...

Thanks anon. But I still want a new washer/dryer!

steve said...

the link to your washer/dryer was 404, but which were you thinking of? Because our Bosch dryer - which "conveyed" - um, does not dry. Also, the lint filter signal beeps after 3 minutes, then shuts down the dryer. Anyone have this problem?

Prince of Petworth said...

Hmm, sorry about that. I'll have to ask my buddy what type he got and if he encountered those problems. That sound like a massive pain to deal with.

Anonymous said...

The new washer/dryer that the PoP is referring to are LG.

To the person with the lint problem, sounds like you have to do a massive de-lintification. You might want to start with inspecting the exhaust tubes that lead out the back of the dryer and go all the way to the outside of your house. My brother in law had to compeltely replace his because a bird had found its way into the tube and built a house in it. Had some negative effects on drying effectiveness.

Anonymous said...

If at all possible get a gas dryer instead of an electric one. They are cheaper to run and dry clothes faster (and therefore are easier on the clothes). Costs a little more than an electric initially, and you may need to get a plumber to drop a line and a valve, but like gas water heaters they are worth it. Lil' gal worries that a gas dryer might "blow up", so it's best not keep any high-strung members of the household on a need-to-know basis.