Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Money Pit Update

The painting is finally done and as I write this, the tile guys are getting ready to put the finishing touches on my roof to floor renovation.

Yes - from a new roof, new ceilings, new walls, new A/C, 23 gallons of new paint, new lighting, and now a new tile floor. It's been a busy 7 months. Except for two full weeks, all the inside work was done on weekends and mostly by me. The outside of the house was painted by the home owners association last week and when I get back this weekend, the tile will be done. It's like I have magic elves working even when I'm away making money to pay them.

Um... Where's the kitchen
So does this mean I'm now done. Not hardly. I have no appliances, no kitchen and now no money. I will be able to at least start moving in the furniture, eat take out, and take a hot shower. Considering the state of things when I bought the place, that is a major advancement. I'm about 75% done at this point with just enough left in the bank for the appliances. The kitchen will be an old counter top salvaged from another house and two saw horses for the next year.

Oh  - so you noticed that my paint scheme is a bit....well pretty much like the inside of a sugar cube. Am I really that unimaginative? Well actually - NO!

DSCN0601This new house and my new life are blank canvases in the most literal way. I made the conscious effort to have the color of the walls not define the space. If you look closely at the blinds, they are the temporary paper kind from Home Depot. About $20.00 to do the whole house. Even the picture frames, a gift from my sister, are empty.

DSCN0594 This is the moment I will remember as the starting point of the next phase of my life. I have wood and leather furniture to ground the space with earth tones.  I have a few canvas prints and a few large photos I'm fairly proud of. I'll hang those then spend the next few years traveling, shooting, and printing.

It has been a dream of mine to live in my own art gallery. Since I don't have anyone to stop me, that is exactly what I will be doing. I may need advice on new blinds but I am pretty set on wood, the kitchen, when it arrives will be hickory, and the counters granite.

I still have plenty of small projects like renting a moving truck, repairing the front door, replacing the patio screens, yard work, and touching up the paint after the tile guys leave. Four weekends tops. You may have noticed there are no bathroom photos. They will have to wait till I sell my condo. It will be very tempting to spend some quality sledge hammer time with the master bath but I will just have to live with it a bit longer.

I have two kayaks sitting in my new garage just begging to hit the water. It will be great to actually explore my new surroundings then kick back with a cold beer from the fridge (I have yet to buy) and relax in my new back yard till the stars come out. 


  1. Something to be proud of, SFG!

  2. @ Rick - Glad to see you are still a fan! I just got the update on the tile. Half the house is done. The next posting will be of a warm and cozy home. I hope to get back to some regular posting by May. Stay tuned and miss SFDB.

  3. Great job so far, but Wow that's alot of white. Can't wait to see some of your nice artwork up. Need to see a pic of the floor when it's done too.

  4. Wow - that's a lot of work. What a commitment! I can understand why you're looking forward to having most of it finished and a chance to relax.

  5. since I don't have anyone to stop me.... I know that feeling, & it is a good one. I came over from Red's blog.~Mary

    ps looks like you deserve that beer.

  6. Is it too late for a virtual beer fest? Maybe all your blogland buddies from round the world can drink one with you sometime soon!!! LOVE the sugar-cube look - so much potential for sure, but for those of us who have followed the backstory, it's an awesome display of hard work and tenacity!!

  7. It looks like you've been busy for almost 7 months already doing renovations. It's always a good decision to update your house most especially the roof. Making sure that everything is in good condition will surely add value to your property.

    -Conner Spear

  8. Thanks for sharing, I will bookmark and be back again

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