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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Holy Basement Renovation!

This mess would be smaller if they built basements out of paper.

I am a conflict. I'm very handy and have a desire to do many things, yet I also love lounging with a drink in one hand, and maybe a drink in the other hand. I possess both the love and the hate of renovation. Love, because of the ka-ching. Hate, because of the problems. Love, because of the flow of ideas and creativity. Hate, because of the nagging.

Uh, nagging problems. Yeah, that's it.

I know first-hand that renovations equal big bucks when moving. Among the many jobs (too many if you ask Suz) done on our first house, an 850 sq. ft. 1942 bungalow, was a kitchen reno, done completely ourselves along with the help of a couple of friends who love swinging sledgehammers around but don't have a place to do so. I don't know why somebody doesn't open a sledgehammer gym.

"I'll never do another kitchen again," were the words that escaped my mouth upon completion of the puny 8' x 11' reno. Instead, I am now tackling a basement. An entire 31' x 12' basement plus 6' x 8' landing & staircase. A basement that includes a laundry room, a full bathroom and a bar.

I've been spending my weekends working on the basement and spending imaginary money in my head. It's exhausting. I haven't had a day off in months. Actually, that's a pretty decent exaggeration, because I hardly work on the basement ever. But it's so exhausting just thinking about it, that it feels like I'm actually working on it.

And the work is coming along. The panels have been ripped down. The framing on two walls has been ripped off. The half-inch thick plaster ceiling is laying in rubble on the floor. The bar is no more, and the laundry room and all its dirty secrets has been exposed.

When the work is complete, the basement will be my little piece of heaven, aside from the garage and its contents, of course. I know I'll get back every penny I put into it, as we're lucky to have a 7 foot, useable basement in a house of this era.

And I'm hoping to make a little more money off it by using eBay! I've decided noticed there is a giant crumbling, stained Virgin Mary holding a swadling baby Jesus in the plaster on the north wall, and I'm cashing in just like all those other lameasses who sold their toast and tar stains of religious images to suckers whose favourite thing in the world, next to being taken for a chump, is all things Jesus.

So, what say you? Shall I sell my wall? Shall I sell my Virgin Mary on eBay?

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Blogger SJ said...

You could turn the wall to face outward and draw pilgrims from all over. You'll make money selling souvenirs and stuff. Or start your own sect/cult.

1:05:00 AM

Blogger Techie Guy said...

I say you just cut out the virgin Mary, hang it in your garage with music and neon lights, and then charge people to see it.

9:06:00 AM

Blogger Patti said...

I say go for it, cash in on that miracle. Charge admission. It'll help with the $$ on the remodel!

11:10:00 AM

Blogger Becky said...

Don't we all have that one thing that is driving us crazy that we hate to work on so much we procrastinate and that doesn't solve anything because it'll just continue to annoy us, OY VEY! I HATE LITERATURE CLASS! That is my current Oy Vey.

2:07:00 PM

Blogger Martini said...

"current Oy Vey." I love it.

7:06:00 PM

Blogger Ms. Creek said...

good luck...

7:25:00 PM

Blogger Katie said...

I'll even throw in a picture of the baby J e s u s!

10:06:00 PM

Blogger Michael Manning said...

Wow! And I spent 3 hours on Google until I found a 1:18 die cast model of the DMC 12 model for my collection! No, not the BTTF one. The real deal! Having renovated my mothers home after Dad died I relate. Took me 3.5 years but now she's happy !:D

1:25:00 PM

Blogger Martini said...

Michael, I've got quite a number of DMC models as well. Is it the Sunstar model? If so, the gold one is quite difficult one to acquire. At least for a decent price anyway. Had you bought one a few years ago, the price you could get today would cover the costs of the renovation!

11:55:00 PM


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