My wife and I just bought a great 734 sqft 1 bedroom condo! The area is great. It is surrounded by the biggest park in town, it's safe, nearby schools are great, and it's close to my work in LA. The only downside is that the previous owner has done very little to it since it was built in 1970. So in the next couple of weeks I will begin the long term project of renovating my new home. So far this is what needs to be done:
remove popcorn ceilings
replace deep stuccoed walls
remove drop ceilings in bathroom and kitchen
replace wood electrical covers and mis-matched fixtures
replace flooring (it has two types of tile, wood laminate, and carpet)
install plumbing for washer/dryer
My wife is going to school full time and I am applying to graduate school, so we don't have a lot of throw away money. I took construction and woodworking all four years of high school and grew up in a do it yourself family so I feel pretty confident that I can do a lot of the work myself. Any advice, tips, or tricks you have to help with these projects will be greatly appreciated!