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by Marshall Mayer last modified Jan 04, 2012 04:20 AM
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by Brandy last modified Jun 09, 2011

Those who know me well know that I am not a DIY-er kind of girl. I fall more into the ‘someone do it for me’-er category.  I like to think of myself as the visionary, the strategist, the conceptualizer. I think better than I do.  This trait runs rampant in most of my family.  We [...]




 

 

Those who know me well know that I am not a DIY-er kind of girl. I fall more into the ‘someone do it for me’-er category.  I like to think of myself as the visionary, the strategist, the conceptualizer. I think better than I do.  This trait runs rampant in most of my family.  We call plumbers rather than repair leaks.  We hire cleaning help and yard workers and, when I grew up in Texas, pool men. (My mother has some kind of deviant gene in that she actually enjoys painting, but that is most definitely the exception.)

My first foray into home-keeping illustrates this trait perfectly. My grandfather asked me to clean the glass patio door when I was about five. He gave me Windex and some paper towels. The dog had slobbered all over the glass and I couldn’t seem to get it off no matter how hard I tried.  Frustrated, I went back to my grandfather and told him of my failure.  His response: ‘Put some elbow grease into it.’ My quizzical response: ‘Where do I find a can of that?’

My husband’s family on the other hand is the total opposite. Doing it themselves is always the first option. They understand how these things work and the thought of failure doesn’t seem to intimidate them. They all have the gene my family lacks.  (These are the people who put in a wall on moving day, remember? Just for kicks.) Brett’s brother Eric completely renovated a 1904 craftsman by himself. We are talking removing a fireplace, redoing siding, electrical, plumbing, putting in a new kitchen, bathrooms, hardwoods, etc. You get the idea. Brett’s parents think nothing of putting in a floor over a weekend.  I stand in awe of these people.

All this is to explain why the project list for the house only intimidates me to the point of mild anxiety and not total paralysis. The list is categorized first by size of project: Big projects and then room projects.  The goal is to complete one room before moving on to another. Big projects will be done either simultaneously or when feasible. We talked about the top three in a previous post. (Ready for my close-up…) I also believe that, for me, it’s good to start small. I need a success to inspire me to try another project. So here’s the list of the big ticket items and the first achievable room. (Read that as easiest!)

The Big Ones

  1. Drainage ditch
  2. Terraced retaining wall
  3. Remove deck and install terraced patio (A sunken hot-tub would be nice, too.)
  4. Refinish all the floors
  5. New electrical panel and those safe outlets all through the house
  6. French doors in our bedroom and a private patio with outdoor shower
  7. Studio/guest house

First Room:  Main Bathroom

  • Finish removing wallpaper (Thanks for the great start, kids!)

  • Paint walls, cabinets, tile countertops (New countertops someday!)

  • New sinks with faucets
  • Going to look at some salvage stores in Seattle for this.
  1. http://earthwise-salvage.com/
  2. http://www.seconduse.com/
  3. http://www.re-store.org
  4. http://www.seattlebuildingsalvage.com
  • New fan
  • Cedar ceiling repair
  • No idea how to do this.  Any thoughts are welcome!

Think the bite sized piece I think we can handle right now.  More posts to come on the choices we need to make. But to the ethos, I started to hint at it in the last post. The options are to go completely original and stay absolutely true to the time period (i.e., if we had a pink bathroom, we’d leave it.) or to honor the intention of the house, the original style and design, but make choices that will bring it closer to the 21st century. In essence, ask ourselves WWFD (what would Fred Bassetti do) if he were building this house today. We want to honor the indoor-outdoor sensibility, simplicity in design, lightness on the land and the environment and make as many green choices as we can.

We welcome any and all suggestions and will highlight the - process in future posts.


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