BMW i
Forum for the BMW i3, i4 and i8
BMW i3 BMW i8
BMW Garage BMW Meets Register Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

  BMW i Forums > BIMMERPOST Universal Forums > Off-Topic Discussions Board

Post Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
      10-30-2019, 08:00 PM   #595
ToddBlack88
New Member
38
Rep
28
Posts

Drives: 2007 Z4MC 2010 F650GS
Join Date: Jul 2019
Location: North Vancouver

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by FCobra94 View Post
Awesome, nice work!

I'm guessing the paint color for the kick plate was custom matched to the cabinets?
Yeah I took a panel to Home Depot to match the off white colour, and sprayed it with my little sprayer.
Appreciate 1
FCobra942432.00

      11-01-2019, 03:54 PM   #596
spazzyfry123
Lieutenant Colonel
spazzyfry123's Avatar
Canada
1454
Rep
1,536
Posts

Drives: JTR
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Florida

iTrader: (0)

Garage List
2011 BMW E90 M3  [5.00]
For those that have used general contractors for renovation work, what has been your process for vetting? We're looking at purchasing a fixer-upper in a great neighborhood, but unsure how to find the right guys for the heavy lifting in a new city with no references. Our real estate agent has a few lined up, but curious if there's a catch all website to track testimonials and track record.
Appreciate 0
      11-01-2019, 04:03 PM   #597
IllSic_Design
Major
IllSic_Design's Avatar
United_States
773
Rep
1,459
Posts

Drives: 09 E92 335i
Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: Northern California

iTrader: (1)

Quote:
Originally Posted by spazzyfry123 View Post
For those that have used general contractors for renovation work, what has been your process for vetting? We're looking at purchasing a fixer-upper in a great neighborhood, but unsure how to find the right guys for the heavy lifting in a new city with no references. Our real estate agent has a few lined up, but curious if there's a catch all website to track testimonials and track record.
Angieslist.com or homeadvisor.com have ratings/reviews for local services
Appreciate 1
      11-01-2019, 04:25 PM   #598
RickFLM4
Brigadier General
RickFLM4's Avatar
United_States
3952
Rep
3,724
Posts

Drives: M4
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: PB County, FL

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by spazzyfry123 View Post
For those that have used general contractors for renovation work, what has been your process for vetting? We're looking at purchasing a fixer-upper in a great neighborhood, but unsure how to find the right guys for the heavy lifting in a new city with no references. Our real estate agent has a few lined up, but curious if there's a catch all website to track testimonials and track record.
I would not rely on website testimonials to select a contractor and I would not rely on a realtor for anything. I’d be much more inclined to ask neighbors and friends / family / co-workers in the area, which will give you contractors to call and others to avoid. Diligence in finding a contractor is far more involved than looking in one place.

The first step is being sure you know what you want to do so you can talk specifics. Think about walking into a car dealer with no idea what you want or what cars should cost vs. being an informed shopper. Same concept applies. Houzz is a pretty good place to get some ideas, as well as some example costs.

I usually meet the contractor in person to get a sense of their attitude and attention to detail. When we meet I establish what I am looking for in a bid / estimate. If they can’t give me a reasonably detailed quote of cost and time in a timely manner I don’t bother calling them back. Once you have an contractor and estimate that seem reasonable, get references and call them. Ask at least one reference if they wouldn’t mind showing you the work the contractor did and look at it in detail. You’ll also want to check their license and BBB status. You’ll be surprised how many contractors you’ll need to call just to get to this point with 2-3 of them.

Personally, I also try to find at least some of the subs and buy some of the materials myself. Some GCs won’t allow that so they are also out. We have a carpenter, electrician, painter and plumber we like. I want to pay these subs directly rather than being forced to use someone I don’t know that a GC forces on me to mark up their costs. We renovated our master bath for $32K but had numerous estimates that exceeded $50K. I also try to heavily back weight payments to when work is 100% done but am generally ok with progress payments. That said, don’t try to nickel and dime someone with a reasonable quote. They need to make a profit and as long as they are earning it, I have no problem paying it. I just don’t want to pay unnecessary markup on subs and materials that I can avoid with minimal effort.
__________________
Current: 2018 SO/SS F83 ZCP
Gone: 2015 SO/SO F82
Appreciate 2
FCobra942432.00

      11-01-2019, 04:38 PM   #599
spazzyfry123
Lieutenant Colonel
spazzyfry123's Avatar
Canada
1454
Rep
1,536
Posts

Drives: JTR
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Florida

iTrader: (0)

Garage List
2011 BMW E90 M3  [5.00]
Quote:
Originally Posted by RickFLM4 View Post
I would not rely on website testimonials to select a contractor and I would not rely on a realtor for anything. I’d be much more inclined to ask neighbors and friends / family / co-workers in the area, which will give you contractors to call and others to avoid. Diligence in finding a contractor is far more involved than looking in one place.

The first step is being sure you know what you want to do so you can talk specifics. Think about walking into a car dealer with no idea what you want or what cars should cost vs. being an informed shopper. Same concept applies. Houzz is a pretty good place to get some ideas, as well as some example costs.

I usually meet the contractor in person to get a sense of their attitude and attention to detail. When we meet I establish what I am looking for in a bid / estimate. If they can’t give me a reasonably detailed quote of cost and time in a timely manner I don’t bother calling them back. Once you have an contractor and estimate that seem reasonable, get references and call them. Ask at least one reference if they wouldn’t mind showing you the work the contractor did and look at it in detail. You’ll also want to check their license and BBB status. You’ll be surprised how many contractors you’ll need to call just to get to this point with 2-3 of them.

Personally, I also try to find at least some of the subs and buy some of the materials myself. Some GCs won’t allow that so they are also out. We have a carpenter, electrician, painter and plumber we like. I want to pay these subs directly rather than being forced to use someone I don’t know that a GC forces on me to mark up their costs. We renovated our master bath for $32K but had numerous estimates that exceeded $50K. I also try to heavily back weight payments to when work is 100% done but am generally ok with progress payments. That said, don’t try to nickel and dime someone with a reasonable quote. They need to make a profit and as long as they are earning it, I have no problem paying it. I just don’t want to pay unnecessary markup on subs and materials that I can avoid with minimal effort.
That's what we did on our house in Atlanta. A good networking base to help establish the good from the bad. This go-round we live in a different state many hours from those contacts. We are in an apartment now while we finish up the house hunt. Our friends and neighbors are typically within the apartment community with no family nearby and we both are home-based for work. We're on a bit of an island unfortunately.

I'm tempted to play general contractor; this is what I did on my last remodel. Saved about 50% on the overall cost compared to what the GC's quoted in initially. But I knew the subs. So far my best recommendations in our new town are coming from realtors that are probably getting a kickback and what I've been able to find on the internet (which I read as, who gave Google the most money).
Appreciate 1
FCobra942432.00

      11-03-2019, 09:34 AM   #600
bosstones
Major
437
Rep
1,312
Posts

Drives: o_0
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Suburbia

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by lsturbointeg View Post
looks great! where did you buy the panels and what's it made out of?
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hawkeye View Post
The most similar thing I can find online would be this.

Although there is a Bed Bath and Beyond going out of business near me. I went in and asked what they were doing with their fixtures, ended up buying a whole wall of their industrial display boards. I also got a few boxes of all of the different attachments for hanging things like the baskets and whatnot. I got ~320 sq ft. of this and more hangers than I will ever use for under $200. All in all, quite the steal. I also have a 4'x8' board down over my workbench for most of my tools.
I used Gladiator Wall Track for mine. Not horribly expensive and it comes up on Amazon at a good price every now and then. Plus, you can get the 4ft sections from Lowes and Home Depot (as well as order the 8ft sections). There is a Garage Store kind of not horribly far from me that I can get them at, too. I had put up Gladiator stuff in my last garage and kept my cabinets so I'm baked into their mounting system.

I'd previously posted what I put up in the corner near the Moupe. This summer, I put some up by the other cars. I haven't gotten to completely organize things yet, though, and plan to order another small cabinet for near the Moupe. Al the shovels (so many shovels...more than shown here since the pix are old) and landscaping stuff are now hanging from the newer section.
Attached Images
   
__________________
Appreciate 3
Hawkeye1002.00
PoorLurker1078.50

      11-04-2019, 09:39 AM   #601
Hawkeye
Brigadier General
Hawkeye's Avatar
No_Country
1002
Rep
4,264
Posts

Drives: '07 Z4 si Coupe, '08 R6
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Iowa

iTrader: (0)

Garage List
Quote:
Originally Posted by bosstones View Post
I used Gladiator Wall Track for mine. Not horribly expensive and it comes up on Amazon at a good price every now and then. Plus, you can get the 4ft sections from Lowes and Home Depot (as well as order the 8ft sections). There is a Garage Store kind of not horribly far from me that I can get them at, too. I had put up Gladiator stuff in my last garage and kept my cabinets so I'm baked into their mounting system.

I'd previously posted what I put up in the corner near the Moupe. This summer, I put some up by the other cars. I haven't gotten to completely organize things yet, though, and plan to order another small cabinet for near the Moupe. Al the shovels (so many shovels...more than shown here since the pix are old) and landscaping stuff are now hanging from the newer section.
I like the cabinets a lot, I just couldn't justify paying that much more for some cabinets. Have sunk a lot of money into a brand new house already trying to get it all personalized... much more than I had expected to!

Even without the cabinets I am a big fan of the track wall already. It is a pretty robust storage solution!
__________________
2007 Z4 3.0si Coupe • 6 MT • Black Saphire Metallic • PP • SP • Heated M Seats • Clutch Stop • Stubby
2008 R6 • Raven Black • GPR Steering Stabilizer • Comp Werks FE • Hotbodies Flush Mount Blinkers
2016 GMC Sierra SLT Z71 Premium Plus 4x4 • K&N CAI • Toyo G2 LT305/55R20
Appreciate 1
bosstones437.00

      11-04-2019, 12:42 PM   #602
prateekgupta
Registered
India
0
Rep
0
Posts

Drives: jaguar & 2018
Join Date: Nov 2019
Location: lucknow

iTrader: (0)

I will use for my garage walls and one 16 sq ft section for my workbench in the basement, all for $70.
Appreciate 0
      11-04-2019, 01:00 PM   #603
Nachbar
Lieutenant
Nachbar's Avatar
Switzerland
457
Rep
475
Posts

Drives: i8
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Switzerland

iTrader: (0)

My (now finished) project
Attached Images
    
Appreciate 18
      11-05-2019, 04:29 PM   #604
lsturbointeg
Lieutenant General
lsturbointeg's Avatar
United_States
5564
Rep
12,958
Posts

Drives: 2011 535i Jet Black
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Asian lost in OH

iTrader: (0)

spent time over the Weekend working on the basement room. because the ceiling was removed I had to finish up some of the wall to extend to the top of the floor above using drywall. the closet I removed I finished up redoing the wall since it had to be repaired along with a nice round corner. already sanded and applied 2nd coat of joint compound. once it's dry it'll be time to break out the hopper and apply texture. wait for that to dry than paint!





i'm gonna say i'm very pleased with the flat black ceiling and how it turned out. can't wait to continue this throughout the basement
__________________
~F90Conversion~CFLowerSplitters~21"3Piece AlphaForgedWheels~BMSgoldTitaniumLugz~ 3dCFRearSpoiler~3dCFSideSkirtExtensions~DTMCFDiffu ser~CFRearSplitters~CFEmblems~LedermanzWheel~Shado wlineKit~CFDoubleSlatGrills~WstyleCFRoofSpoiler~M4 CFMirrorCovers~MeisterschaftEVC90mmQuadExhaust~CFT ipCovers~VRSFdp~KWV1Coilovers~MPedals~G2GoldCalipe rs~35%TinT~
Follow me on Instagram: lsturbointeg
Appreciate 6
bosstones437.00
Hawkeye1002.00
Now_Rudi6335.00
David0ff829.50

      11-05-2019, 08:34 PM   #605
bosstones
Major
437
Rep
1,312
Posts

Drives: o_0
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Suburbia

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Hawkeye View Post
I like the cabinets a lot, I just couldn't justify paying that much more for some cabinets. Have sunk a lot of money into a brand new house already trying to get it all personalized... much more than I had expected to!

Even without the cabinets I am a big fan of the track wall already. It is a pretty robust storage solution!
I hear ya. I was already invested in the cabinets. No way was I going to leave those behind in my townhouse!

Yeah, it adds up quick! I've spent too much on tools and equipment that I didn't have before (table saw, router, etc...) so I can start doing more stuff myself (or at least do some things easier). I'm also going to play around with building some furniture myself. Lucky for me, I like simple and clean lines. Plus, wifey is on a kick for modern/rustic so any mistakes in finish will be labeled as 'rustic' by me. lol
__________________
Appreciate 0
      11-05-2019, 08:35 PM   #606
bosstones
Major
437
Rep
1,312
Posts

Drives: o_0
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Suburbia

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Nachbar View Post
My (now finished) project
I think you and ShopVac should have a build off for the Bimmerpost title!
__________________
Appreciate 0
      11-06-2019, 10:28 AM   #607
Hawkeye
Brigadier General
Hawkeye's Avatar
No_Country
1002
Rep
4,264
Posts

Drives: '07 Z4 si Coupe, '08 R6
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Iowa

iTrader: (0)

Garage List
Quote:
Originally Posted by bosstones View Post
I hear ya. I was already invested in the cabinets. No way was I going to leave those behind in my townhouse!

Yeah, it adds up quick! I've spent too much on tools and equipment that I didn't have before (table saw, router, etc...) so I can start doing more stuff myself (or at least do some things easier). I'm also going to play around with building some furniture myself. Lucky for me, I like simple and clean lines. Plus, wifey is on a kick for modern/rustic so any mistakes in finish will be labeled as 'rustic' by me. lol
Yeah same here. We have wire shelving in all of our closets and in the walk-in pantry that I am going to be building shelving and drawers for so I am currently justifying a few tools I do not have yet like a nicer planer, table saw that will take a dado blade, and plate joiner to name a few.
__________________
2007 Z4 3.0si Coupe • 6 MT • Black Saphire Metallic • PP • SP • Heated M Seats • Clutch Stop • Stubby
2008 R6 • Raven Black • GPR Steering Stabilizer • Comp Werks FE • Hotbodies Flush Mount Blinkers
2016 GMC Sierra SLT Z71 Premium Plus 4x4 • K&N CAI • Toyo G2 LT305/55R20
Appreciate 1
bosstones437.00

      11-06-2019, 11:43 AM   #608
Nachbar
Lieutenant
Nachbar's Avatar
Switzerland
457
Rep
475
Posts

Drives: i8
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Switzerland

iTrader: (0)

Because I got so much love for my Project, here some vids of it. Btw, the Manufacturer is Brustor








Appreciate 3
FCobra942432.00
wrickem1232.00

      11-06-2019, 08:12 PM   #609
PoorLurker
Custom User Title
PoorLurker's Avatar
No_Country
1079
Rep
580
Posts

Drives: a bicycle
Join Date: May 2015
Location: Orange County, CA

iTrader: (0)

Wow! Some really cool projects here! I can't wait to get my garage redone!
Appreciate 0
      11-08-2019, 09:25 AM   #610
Maestro
Major
586
Rep
1,206
Posts

Drives: 2007 335i Sedan
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Philadelphia

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Nachbar View Post
Because I got so much love for my Project, here some vids of it. Btw, the Manufacturer is Brustor
I was on Bruster website and they do not show the sliding glass panels, it talks about the various movable sun shades but do not show the glass, is that something you added or do they offer that as a package, I would image the glass panels add some significant costs.
Appreciate 0
      11-08-2019, 10:09 AM   #611
Nachbar
Lieutenant
Nachbar's Avatar
Switzerland
457
Rep
475
Posts

Drives: i8
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Switzerland

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Maestro View Post
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nachbar View Post
Because I got so much love for my Project, here some vids of it. Btw, the Manufacturer is Brustor
I was on Bruster website and they do not show the sliding glass panels, it talks about the various movable sun shades but do not show the glass, is that something you added or do they offer that as a package, I would image the glass panels add some significant costs.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Maestro View Post
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nachbar View Post
Because I got so much love for my Project, here some vids of it. Btw, the Manufacturer is Brustor
I was on Bruster website and they do not show the sliding glass panels, it talks about the various movable sun shades but do not show the glass, is that something you added or do they offer that as a package, I would image the glass panels add some significant costs.
Brustor does not install themselves, but partners. They offer and install lots of different glasses. Mine was +14k
Appreciate 0
      11-10-2019, 10:57 AM   #612
Nachbar
Lieutenant
Nachbar's Avatar
Switzerland
457
Rep
475
Posts

Drives: i8
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Switzerland

iTrader: (0)

Home project 2019
Attached Images
 
Appreciate 3
MKSixer15679.50
Now_Rudi6335.00
FCobra942432.00

      11-11-2019, 12:26 AM   #613
Bongoxxx
Private First Class
64
Rep
106
Posts

Drives: 2018 340 XDrive
Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: Courtice, Ontario

iTrader: (0)

Slowly finishing the basement....

Insulated all the walls with R30 for additional insulation (R20 already installed) Laid dri-core subfloor before installing the pergo extreme vinyl flooring - the planks are 72”x10”.

KEF speakers all around with Marantz receiver.

Cheapest quote i received was $35k which did not include the stonework and fireplace or all of the custom wiring.

So far including all of the wiring, fireplace, stone work and TV/audio/speakers I am all in for $11k. Man, you can save yourself a lot of money if you’re handy

Just waiting for some hardware to install a glass railing for the upper level and planning on staining the stairs tomorrow.



[IMG]https://f30.bimmerpost.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=2177099&stc=1&d=157344 8426(/IMG]





Attached Images
     
__________________
Current: 2018 340 xDrive M-Sport Mineral Grey
Previous: 2016 328 xDrive Alpine White
Appreciate 8
      11-13-2019, 03:30 AM   #614
Sheeen
Registered
5
Rep
3
Posts

Drives: e82
Join Date: May 2019
Location: Germany

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Savageenterprise View Post
Recently completed this backyard project. The before pics were pretty much from when I first bought the house 2 years ago. After removing all the old crap, adding the PVC fence, leveling with 9 yards of dirt, planting the trees, low voltage lighting and then the paver wall, I'm pretty happy with the way I've got it looking now. So much work but it was all worth it

Final touch will be next spring... I'm going to do a paver patio with firepit in the corner that looks all dilapidated.
Your backyard looks great indeed, impressive results. It is snowy here and mine looks like this now. At least I managed to plant good grass before the first snow. After reading this and this I realized I need to get a fertilizer spreader machine, then I should keep the soil moist for the whole winter.
Attached Images
   
Appreciate 0
      11-14-2019, 06:07 PM   #615
ShopVac
Not willing to take advice
ShopVac's Avatar
1154
Rep
1,128
Posts

Drives: '08 335xi cpe - aero kit, 6MT
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Pittsburgh

iTrader: (1)

Garage List
2008 335xi  [0.00]
Quote:
Originally Posted by bosstones View Post
I think you and ShopVac should have a build off for the Bimmerpost title!
I thought I already won this thread?
__________________

- Joey
Proud owner of 2 Turbos and 1 Supercharger
Appreciate 0
      11-18-2019, 07:35 PM   #616
infinitekidM2C
Brigadier General
infinitekidM2C's Avatar
United_States
1398
Rep
4,837
Posts

Drives: 2019 M2 Competition
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Orange County, CA

iTrader: (4)

Garage List
Quote:
Originally Posted by ShopVac View Post
I thought I already won this thread?
No no no. Finals at my house. Let's see what you can do with my backyard and dining room. GO!
Appreciate 2
Post Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:51 PM.




bmw
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
1Addicts.com, BIMMERPOST.com, E90Post.com, F30Post.com, M3Post.com, ZPost.com, 5Post.com, 6Post.com, 7Post.com, XBimmers.com logo and trademark are properties of BIMMERPOST