Next on Deck
NOTE: As of September 23, 2009, this post has been edited in
accordance with a court-mediated settlement. The names of the
contractor and his excavation subcontractor have been replaced with
Now that we've got the pantry livable (but not, of course, completely done), you might think we'd take some time and enjoy the holidays before getting started on our next project. But you would be wrong. This is what we've been doing for the last week:
That would be the front parlour, still partially completed after years and years and years. Well, we decided to just get it done. It may look like not much has happened in there, but keep in mind that this space held my desk, our sideboard, a small pump organ, and a grand piano, quite a bit of work went into getting it this empty. We still have to clear out a bunch of computer pieces and a surprisingly large collection of dog crates, tape off the pocket doors to keep dust out of the back parlour, and then I can get to work.
Then the tasks are: fix messed up drywall work (from when the house shifted during the foundation work, and from where Contractor A (best known for having shown up drunk on the job site) made a sloppy patch while taking out the brick chimney), clean the odd adhesive goo off the floor, patch up the spot near the pocket doors where there was once a floor heater and the previous owners put down particle board to fill the hole, prime and paint, and maybe come up with some trim. Not to be done right now is rebuilding the old chimney breast or installing a new gas fireplace. While we will get round to that eventually, we just don't have the time or money right now to find a nice mantle, and Noel wants to base the size of the chimney breast on the mantle rather than try to find one to fit the old size. Fair enough.
I have the next three weeks off work thanks to the indecisiveness of a client, so I have actually hopes for being able to get this room mostly done before I have to go back to work next year.
posted by ayse on 12/12/08