I'm bidding $47k on a ready-to-live-in house! Last sold for $3000, it's now all sound (paying $300 for an inspection that I'll be present for though, contract is contingent). Bars on the window, defensible second floor and basement without direct outside access, parking pad in the back. 1600sqft. No appliances because I want to buy good ones--a stove with an oval burner for griddle and brew pot, and of course full size
burners because these mini-burners that come on everything are stupid. I'll spend $50 for a plug-in hotplate and use a toaster oven while I shop around for the perfect stove.
So first thing is replace that water heater. Solar water heater with gas back-up, disable gas back-up, system shuts off at 160F, into thermostatic mixing valve that adds cold water to output 130F, into gas driven tankless heater that raises temperature to 130F if the tank is cold. Only burn gas if the tank is cold AND the tap is running; burn less gas if the tank isn't very cold; and the tank is hotter than hot water output so it's going to retain temperature in use. Get solar renewable energy credits and sell them for $200 each (about 3-5 per year). Could also use a plate exchanger to patch the system into a radiator boiler to heat the house for free in the winter (SREC from solar water is capped at 5, otherwise I'd produce more with additional tubes on the array). ROI is 1 year.
The second project is of course replace carpet with bamboo floors, replace kitchen with real stone tile. ROI is never.
The third project?
Bar. In the basement.
Medium density fiberboard, route it out, stain it, and laminate with walnut veneer. I want the bar top to be something lighter, spalted ash or koa veneer maybe. Problem is all that stuff is soft, unless I polyurethane it or put a glass inset over top. The only other way to go is inset granite.
What do you all think? Walnut with spalted ash bar top? use a glass inset for the top? Kegerator with two beers and a soda tap? (Yeah right, where do you get a keg fridge that holds three...) I'm thinking pewter holloware with glass bottoms
My uncle had a bar in his living room. Sink, liquor shelves, fridge, glassware, the works. It seems like something a man needs to have, something that shows class. A refrigerator full of beer bottles and a couple bottles of booze in the cabinet doesn't show any class; it shows you're a boozer. Keg that stuff and put those liquors on display, and have some good lowballs for the whiskey.