When undertaking an attic or third floor renovation, consider using a crane for the heavy materials. For about $500 a day you can rent a small crane or lift. It can easily handle heavy materials like lumber and drywall, not to mention hot tubs. They can boom out about 42 feet, enough to get to the top floor of most homes.
Did you know that a hot water faucet leaking one drip per second wastes 200 gallons a year? Repairing leaky faucets will lower energy bills substantially.