Imminently a crew of saucy construction workers will pull up outside our quiet and quasi-organized little abode and rip it apart. Specifically the foyer and the garage. (This picture taken during our walk-through…)
We bought this house partially because it had a face that only a mother could love but partially because the previous owner had already gone before the historic commission for approval to add two more bedrooms. For anyone familiar with historic district commissions, you know that they’re not the biggest group of risk takers in the town. They straddle the fine line between preserving the beauty and history of a community, but also allowing homeowners the opportunity to evolve and develop accordingly. Needless to say, this is not always a happy relationship. For our town, we have to go to historic for all repairs/ new work on everything from outside light fixtures to driveway edging to replacing the shingles on a roof. (Not, incidentally, for paint colors… so we’re free to go lavender if that’s our jam.)
Back to our demo! Phase 1 is the most dramatic as we’ve been told that within a week our foyer will be sealed off and demolished as will the garage. Hard to imagine!
For those of you with a wall of Elfa in your garage and a clear path for the car… this will be confusing for you, but bear with me. In order to demolish the garage, we had to remove everything currently housed in the garage. Every thing. Again, the Elfa people won’t think this is such a big deal. Here’s what our garage looked like in preparation for Hurricane Sandy; probably a little fuller than usual, but not a space that had seen an automobile for months.
Shout out to Mark and my brother-in-law for loading anything we didn’t need into a UHaul for a 5 month visit to storage. All the gear that we need for the summer (think lawn mower, weed wacker, generator etc.) will move outside to a chic
Better Homes ‘N Garden approved… tent.
Yes, of course this is immediately what came to mind when I saw Jerry unloading this, er package, from his UPS truck.
Oliver “helped” Mark set it up on Sunday.
And the rest (small tools, fixtures for the addition, projects I want to tackle in the near future) will get stuffed into our already packed basement. Good news is that the whole project isn’t meant to last much longer than 4-6 months so this isn’t a major inconvenience. It was also nice to go through everything to make sense of the crap that we actually had stored in the garage over the course of the year.
Finally, thanks to some work we’re doing in the backyard that will be wrapping up this week, our basement should stay dry so it won’t be such a risky storage location. (We have a 100 year-old box drain running through our property, under the neighbor’s house and under the street that was meant to be for drainage from the inland marsh. Over the years, this has become more of a tidal conduit and the stone walls of the drain itself have been compromised so during particularly high tides, we get water (and small fish!) rushing into our basement that far outpaces our industrial sump pump… ugh.)
Not an exciting post for a Monday morning, but it’s been a little bit of our focus over the weekend getting things prepared. Hoping for the permits to go through today, and we should have demo by the end of the week! Any tips for living through a renovation? I’m thinking my Swiffer will get a workout, but I’m secretly giddy to follow these construction workers around with a camera and a notepad to follow their every move. I’m gonna learn framing and compressors and nail guns and plumbing and tiling and sheet rock… the list is endless!
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