Monday, February 23, 2009

My new bathroom. The flooring had a 3 inch layer of concrete on it. Has anyone else encounterd this on their flooring in the bathroom? I can't figure out why it was there. Anyway, the floor was rotted out. I replaced the whole subfloor with pressure treated wood, 3/4 inch pressure treated plywood over that, and then finally a layer of concrete backer board. I used weather proof decking screws for the wood and backerboard screws for the concrete backer board. Please spend the extra few dollars to use the right materials--pressure treated wood and decking screws---I don't know how many times I have encountered projects where people have wasted their efforts on wood that rots and screws that rust. I am in the process of putting on the tile. I used All City Plumbing of Atlanta. I recommend them.

Friday, February 20, 2009

This house is a rare find in that it hasn't been mucked up---the floor plan is original, no paint on the brick work. The original leaded glass doors on the book cases were stolen the day after I went under contract (the house was left open by the seller). The grotto in the backyard was built by the previous owner as a place to pray. My neighbors are very nice and the street is quiet.

Another American dream realized in Westview neighborhood of Atlanta. I bought this on a short sale--2000 square feet and a double lot. I had bought a house in East Atlanta 11 years ago for very little and I am trying to keep the thing going by buying in this awesome, relatively unknown, in-town Atlanta neighborhood--Westview. (One thing vital to consider when buying a home in-town is the historic retail potential nearby, both East Atlanta and Westview have great "villages".) I got lucky in that previous attempts to buy houses in this neighborhood during the height of the housing craze fell through.

The house was full of junk. Some of which you see on the street below. I must say Atlanta does a good thing by hauling this stuff away for new homeowners.

No, I am not color blind. Does anyone know how to change this green background?