I bought a house a few month ago in San Jose California.
I would like to remodel the enitre house ( nothing has been done since 1955 ).
any design ideas for bathroom , kitchen is appreciated.
I am very handy and like to do the work myself.
Not in your area but;
If replacing bath tub recommend a fibreglass enclosure unit; better than a
tub, and separate wall treatment, especially if also used as a shower.
In kitchen avoid anything but straight counters (without turns or corners to
be angled, cut and joined) if you can. Much simpler and quicker.
Depending on life style avoid 'dinky little' side sinks; for example my
daughter has a double stainless steel sink unit; the smaller part of which
is no bigger than that used in a small camper; useless for washing dishes
or pots/pans. A single larger or a double full size sink/s would probably
cost no more. Personally we don't like mixer valve taps so have separately
adjustable hot and cold taps in sinks, wash basins and for the shower. Very
simple to maintain and you can always have water at one heat or another.
Depending on climate and any requirement to fix ceilings consider adding
ceiling insulation for comfort and energy saving if required.
Ensure your attic/roof space is well ventilated.
Don't know how reliable/costly your electricity is now; but all electric
here was a good/reasonably economic way to go (natural gas not available).
Electricity for a competent do it your selfer in your own home is
easier/cheaper than gas/oil plumbing; no worries about gas leaks, vents or
chimneys and/or oil tank environmental concerns etc. A small generator
(which can also be used with a recreational vehicle) wired through a special
outlet/plug for emergencies only, can carry you through the occasional power
failure to avoid fridge and freezer food spoilage, a couple of small lights
and maybe a fan? (Switch off the electricity supply and operate just a few
'marked' circuit breakers for the essential circuits during the power
Maybe we are old fashioned but; building it ourselves, keeping it simple and
doing our own repairs has resulted in very economical/comfortable easy to
maintain and sturdy against wind housing, since 1970; in what can at times,
here, be a severe climate. Fortunately we generally don't get those
subsiding hillside mudslides etc. but if you live in such an area I guess
that would be primary concern?
We're having a house built and I've been over every other day
photographing and videotaping the framing, wiring, and plumbing. It
turned out to be really helpful when we "lost" a dataport during the
Mary Shafer Retired aerospace research engineer
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