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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Me and Jim Blandings, Part II

Like capitalism, home renovation includes a great deal of creative destruction. At present, the destruction part is most apparent. Jason, from Integrity Remodeling, is coming up with some great ideas as he proceeds with what is resembling an archeological dig. There is some question whether the final remodeling job will contain any elements of the original plan. I am beginning to know how Jim Blandings felt, though on a much smaller scale.

Anyway, the hideous downstairs bathroom has been ripped out. It turns out that the bathroom was not only hideous, but was remarkably non-compliant with just about all applicable building codes. This, presumably, is the heritage of a do-it-yourself project by a prior owner of the house. The plumber took lots of pictures and commented on what great training materials those photos will make for teaching plumbers how not to do things. At least we will have both a properly functioning, as well as reasonably attractive, bathroom downstairs when we are done.

The back deck has been quite an adventure in itself. The plan was to rip off the metal awning over the deck and rip out the built-in benches, then build a new wood awning, build a railing around the deck, and paint everything to match the house. Only the ripping out part of that plan survived.

As we progressed, we (whenever I say "we", assume that I mean Jason, unless the context suggests otherwise) discovered that there was a step, and concrete path, and a brick patio under the deck. Also, it turns out that the back of the house looks much nicer with no awning. So, now the plan is to restore and to expand the brick patio and to leave off the awning.

There have been a few other tweaks made to the renovation plan, but I'll leave that for another post.

3 Comments:

At 11:27 AM PDT , Blogger Lisa Guidarini said...

Gracious, that's quite a project! We re-did our kitchen about five years ago and I well remember the horror of it. Try living without a kitchen for over two weeks... We ate lots of take-out food and what we did eat from home required all the washing up to be done in the tiny bathroom sink. But it was all worth it as the kitchen turned out beautiful, I will say that. Best of luck with this!

 
At 3:31 PM PDT , Blogger booklogged said...

I like the looks without the awning. We have a wood awning over our back patio. In the summer I do enjoy it, but in the winter it blocks the south sunlight. Mostly I just want it gone, but I can't convince my husband.

 
At 6:50 PM PDT , Blogger Mary said...

Lisa: I can't imagine living without a kitchen for all that time. We have to live without running water next Monday and I'm in a dither about that.

booklogged: As you can see from the photo we have the same situation as you -- lovely shade in the summer and sun in the winter. The awning was counterproductive.

 

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