Hi, I'm Renee and this is my first post. I've been reading some of the posts here and nothing's helped. My dilemma is this: I inherited a house from my parents and have decided I'd like to live there. A lot needs to be done and being the "steel magnolia" that I am, decided to try to do the work myself. Money is tight and I really can't afford repairmen or contractors.I've had a new roof, doors, windows, plumbing and some electrical work done because I knew I couldn't handle that. The rooms aren't very big and I bought enough parquet tiles and adhesive to cover 4 rooms. 3 rooms have what I think is ceramic tiling and one is a concrete floor. I know I've got to level all the floors before I put the tile down. The leveling compound says I can put it down over the current tiles and is self-leveling. Do I also need backerboard? This is where I'm really confused because I don't understand how to put it down. I won't even go into what the kitchen needs! I really thought I could do it by myself but now I'm feeling so overwhelmed I'm in tears.I loved my parents and am appreciative they had something to give to me and my father took great pride in being a self made man. He built the house himself. He was a wonderful man but didn't know diddly-squat about carpentry or masonry and I've got a nightmare to deal with. Would someone please tell me where to start and what I need to do, something to calm my nerves and make me feel more confident about this project? All suggestions are welcome. Better still, refer me to "This Old House" or "Extreme Makeover:Home Edition".
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