Monday, March 2, 2009

Demolition Day

Today we are actually getting started on a remodeling job that has been in the pipeline for five years; since the day we bought our house! We are busting down walls and creating an upstairs game room out of an extra bedroom. (And by "we" I mean Javier and his work crew pictured below.)

There are four bedrooms in this house. There is also downstairs office with a proper closet and a full bath. That's too many places to sleep and not enough places to flop around and watch TV or spread out toys. Although Only Child doesn't like to be by himself in the downstairs office, (now serving as the playroom and the first thing you see when you walk into our house) we imagine one day he will want a place of his own to entertain while the grown ups occupy the downstairs.

The new game room was originally used by MMA as a workout room. He put huge mirrors on all the walls, equipped the room with free weights and machines and installed a nice stereo. Even I thought it was pretty sweet. Sadly, all that was too noisy after the baby came along, so the man cave had to move to the garage. Where, he moans, the Christmas decorations are edging him out for space. (Don't feel too bad for him, he's got big plans for the garage BUT, one project at a time.)

Did I mention that we are not DIYers? We're not. He doesn't like to spend his weekends doing home improvement projects...I don't like house work. We'd rather pay someone to do these "chores." (Hence, this project was a dream for five years...and the house can always use a good once over.)

What catalyst put this project into motion, you wonder? I'm glad you asked.

Hurricane Ike caved in a ceiling in an unused bedroom and the carpet was trashed. Next door, Only Child's bedroom had water damage and the carpet needs to be replaced. We've spent the last several months getting the roof, then the interior damage repaired and finally we're ready to replace carpet. We decided to replace all the upstairs carpet. But we didn't want to replace the carpet knowing that we'd have to replace or patch it once the game room was build out. So, we decided to do the game room before the carpet.

Then, my uncle emailed that he would like to pay us a visit from France. This is my father's brother. When I was fourteen, I spent a month with my Uncle and his wife traveling from from his home in Grenoble, France to Budapest, Hungary where my father was from. It was an adventure I will never forget, and during that trip, he promised to be there on the day I got married. Well, he kept that promise and gave me away at my wedding; Dad had died a of cancer a few years before.

Can't-very-well have an honored guest staying in a guest room with
no carpet...So, it was the perfect storm to push this career procrastinator (two of us) to FINALLY pull the trigger.

I'm so glad it worked out this way. Talk about Win-Win And now
you're privy to more than you ever cared to know about our family and how we live and the house that we are slowly growing into.

Note: During demolition Javier discovered a gas line running down the former closet about where the guy's knee is. So they had to rip into the sub floor to reroute it back through the wall. And, all that junk is still sitting there from when the last construction crew had to get into the attic and replace the insulation that got wet. I'm torn between putting the junk back in the attic and putting it on the curb. (Huge Christmas tree up for grabs.)


Aggie2percenter said...

Yikes! What a mess! I think I'll stay late at the gym tonight.

Girly Stuff said...

How awesome!!!!

I'm so excited for you! I thought the only thing that would get you moving on it was a visit from Oprah and Nate!

I can't wait to see the final result!

Live.Love.Eat said...

I'm coming back to read your full post and comment but how were you able to comment on my tomato post when I just clicked publish right now. I laughed.

Live.Love.Eat said...

Oh this is so exciting. It will give you a newfound love for your house and will make your uncle's trip even more special. Must see before and after pics!!!!!!!

Terra said...

Oh, I am so gonna be thinking about you while this goes on. It turns everything upside down and inside out to have big things going on in your house!!!

UGH! BUT YOU WILL LOVE IT when it is done!!!!

Tooj said...

I think it's wonderful when people do great big house projects. I cannot imagine undertaking anything...although once the kids are all walking and talking and I don't feel bad ignoring them...I might. You're lucky to have Javier. :(

The American Homemaker said...

You'll be so happy when it's all done!

Christie said...

Okay, maybe you've blogged about it, but I'd like more stories about the trip to France and that fabulous uncle. Sounds like a deep well there.

Can't wait to see the new room. Yay for Hurricane Ike?