Monday, September 29, 2008

Continuing the Closet Saga

Work continued this weekend on the closets. All of the drywall is up and the first coat of mud is complete on the new closet. While the new closet is very small at only 33" wide by 61" long, it is filled with seams so the Queen kept quite busy. It will make an awkward closet by the time we are done, but small spaces call for creative solutions. For now the plan is to install the Antonius closet system on the 33" wall (back of the closet) with clothes bars,

and float one or two Billy Bookshelf units on the 61" wall. It will be very tight, but we'll work with the space we have. In the end this will be my closet, and the Queen will get the second much larger closet.

This weekend I focused my attention on completing the wiring in the closets and running electrical for the bathroom. The plumbing rough in is done, and once electrical rough on the wall is done on we can mount the vanity.

Also, we are starting to get bids on having someone finishing the bathroom upstairs. I'm not pleased about having someone else do the job, but work has been crazy lately, leaving us with little time for renovations. We've been plugging away at things but at this pace the house will be done in 2015. Hopefully the bids come in low, as we have done a fair amount of the work already and are willing to help out more as work continues. I'd really like to find someone who is willing to work with us on this in order to contain costs. With the housing market the way it is it just isn't wise to go overboard with home spending.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Happy Birthday to Me

With my birthday coming up next week momz called to let me know a package was waiting for me at the Fed Ex distribution center. She said it required a signature. That's when you know something is good - when it requires a signature. Just like earlier this week when I got a notice that I had certified mail, and I went to the post office to sign it and get handed a $110 fine for the city for junk in my backyard. Well, I guess not all things that require a signature are good.

I went to Fed Ex and there waiting for me was a fancy new speaker system. The Sony HT CT-1000. I have been ogling speaker systems for the past week in search of teh uber system.

Living in a rowhouse with an exposed brick wall 6" behind the couch means surround sound speakers don't work too well. Also, I didn't feel like running wires for a bunch of speakers so a single speaker and sub is really nice. I'd looked at soundbars before so was pretty damn pleased to have the 'rents and g-ma get me one for my b-day. I have it hooked up now and it sounds good, but I need to run the wired through the wall all nice and fancy. I'm a sucker for seamless designs, so I don't want to see any cables. Funny how cables bother me, but the house is still a hovel. Go figure!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Building a Carrie Bradshaw worthy Closet

Since the Queen has moved in she has been constantly sick with wheredoiputmystuffinthisgodforsakentornaparthouse-itis. The whole upstairs is in disarray, so finding room for her stuff has been a wee bit of an issue. In trying to cure her ailment we've destroyed more stuff, namely one of my closets, and are in the process of expanding it so we have two walk-in closets in the master bedroom.


In this picture I am looking to the almighty for help. We need all the help we can get.