What I Learned While Remodeling My HomeWhat I Learned While Remodeling My Home


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What I Learned While Remodeling My Home

Me and my wife bought a fixer-upper a few years ago with every intention on converting it into our dream home. The problem was, we were not nearly as skilled in home construction and remodeling as we thought we were. After a few failed projects, we needed to really take a step back and reevaluate our plan. We knew there was no money in the budget to hire a contractor to do everything, so there were some skills we were going to have to learn on our own. After several months of actively seeking out the information we needed to get the job done, we were finally able to successfully remodel the kitchen in our new house. While the house is still a work in progress, we are successfully accomplishing new tasks every day. In this blog, I hope to bring together all of the information we learned along the way.

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Turning A Summer Cottage Into A Year-Round Vacation Home

A summer cottage is a really fun vacation get-a-way. However, there are some serious restrictions that you might run into if your summer cottage has not been renovated by a contractor to turn it into a year-round residence. The amount of time that you spend at your cottage will be severely limited if the house is not renovated. Things such as proper water disposal, proper drinking water, and adequate winterization are all things that you will need to have contractors come in and fix. Here is a list of the most important three things and how you can 

Have A Dedicated Water Well Installed

One of the most important things you will need to have done is have a water well drilled. If you are going to be spending a good amount of time at your cottage, you will want fresh water available to you. Some remote cabins are not hooked up to public utilities, and if you don't have a water well drilled, you are not going to be able to shower.

You might find it suitable to bring in bottled water for a short overnight vacation, but you won't be able to shower if you don't have a well dug. So, it makes sense to bring in contractors and have them install a well that will bring you clean water. Make sure that they are specialists who will know exactly how deep to dig and also how to access your homes piping system properly. 

Bring In The Septic Tanks

A summer cottage might have an old-fashioned cesspool or some other contrivance. Or it might have an old septic tank that is damaged or in bad shape. Whatever the situation you should really look into having a new septic tank installed. A new septic tank will allow you to host parties with lots of friends and not have to worry about any awkward situation where the toilets are not working. You should look into modern septic tank designs that don't require emptying as frequently. 

Heat The House

Finally, you will want the cottage to be heated properly. This requires you to bring in a contractor that will install a boiler or else an electric heating source. While it might be romantic to have a fireplace, in the really cold temperatures, you will want to have some sort of reliable heating system set up so that the pipes don't freeze, and you also will be warm in rooms that don't have the benefit of the warmth from the fireplace (if you do happen to have a fireplace in your cottage). 

For more information, contact a company like MacKay Bruce Pump & Well Drilling Service Inc today.