30 thoughts on “Rants! and Raves! 2-11-17

  1. πŸ™‚ I got the estimate for installing a walk in shower in my bath.
    😦 It’s almost exactly twice what I expected.
    $8208. He’s going to tear/tare (?) out the old bath and put in a new one. I can see the logic, but I didn’t expect it.

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  2. Thanks Donna. Like I said, almost twice what I expected. But I know the tile has to be replaced on the floor and wall because of the tub coming out.
    The materials alone are costing $3200.

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  3. Donna, my husband and I saw some tile somewhere, I forget where, and he said, “That looks like beadboard.” I thought wait, my husband knows what beadboard is?

    BTW, the Breeze shows up at least twice in a book I’m reading–positively, whereas most other media is mentioned negatively.

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  4. That’s nice to hear (about the breeze references). πŸ™‚

    Beadboard does seem to be making a comeback — it was so interesting, though, when I was buying the tile and explaining what I was doing in my 1923 bathroom to recapture the house’s original era, the salesman, an older guy, told me he’d just inherited his mom’s really old house and he was ripping all of that stuff out (ouch!). Said he grew up with it and the “look” held no appeal for him, he wanted to modernize.

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  5. And there is yet another freedom we have in this country. When we were in Greek, a lot of folk had inherited old homes but were not allowed to modernize them. If they were going to fix them, they were required to keep the old look. Which is why we lived right across from an old castle like place, uninhabited and slowly deteriorating.

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  6. We do have some historic districts where that’s also the case, mumsee — it can be a restriction for property owners.

    My cousin bought what was close to a tear-down house from the early 1900s in one of those neighborhoods in the next city over from me and has painstakingly restored it, piece by piece, over the past 5-8 years or so. It’s a gorgeous craftsman with a big covered porch, original woodwork throughout, pocket door, fireplace, old ice box still in the kitchen — charm galore.

    He found many of the original pieces that were missing, from doors to windows, tucked away in the garage, closets, even in the backyard. The place was piled with junk, some of it belonging to the house which made getting it back to its original condition easier.

    Anyway, he’s done a beautiful job.

    The house was all caught up in some ownership issues so nothing could be done until it was officially out of the former owner’s hands at which point my cousin bought it; guy had lots of problems, had been in prison I believe. Neighbors were thrilled when my cousin came in and brought it back to life, they’d watched it deteriorate for so long they figured it could never be saved. They wore a trail to his front door just to thank him in those first few months.

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  7. some of the houses in his neighborhood — built around a couple of connecting circles — still have the old carriage houses where buggies and horses were kept.

    I rented a house in a neighborhood not far from there before I moved to my current house & there was consideration for making that into a historic zone as well. I remember there was some opposition. It would have limited paint colors, for example (and while we had some great hold homes in that area, many had already been altered so it was hardly as pristine or untouched as my cousin’s tucked-away neighborhood, link below, was just a few blocks to the west).

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carroll_Park,_Long_Beach,_California

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  8. I love to see people restoring the home. We have a neighbor who is on a centennial farm. That does not sound like much in many areas but remember the last Indian War was in 1877 so the settlers were just starting to settle in a little over a hundred years ago. Anyway, the sisters grew up there, went their way, and have returned. They love taking folk on tours of the house with the little bitty rooms and lots of “clutter”. Pictures of them growing up, old dishes, etc.

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  9. Oh, how fun. My cousin was quoted in this la times story from 2009

    http://articles.latimes.com/2009/aug/08/home/hm-guide8

    About a year ago, Bill Marley, 62, purchased a 1918 two-bedroom Carroll Park home for $490,000. Marley said he likes refurbishing old homes and also owns a 1912 home a few blocks away.

    “It’s not typical for this neighborhood to have a derelict home,” he said. On a recent afternoon, Marley was hard at work, with his cream-and-white 6-year-old Labrador retriever Maggie keeping watch.

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  10. Doesn’t surprise me on the bathroom; they’re expensive and worse if you move any plumbing.

    I don’t remember how expensive our extensive remodel was 10 years ago–but we decided, for once, to get what we wanted and not worry about the cost–too much. Friends did it for us and it’s gorgeous even after Adorables have lived in it for three years.

    I think it’s helpful to watch the old Cary Grant movie, Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House whenever you even consider remodeling something.

    BTW, if you’re going to switch the walk in shower, you might want to make sure it’s wheelchair friendly.

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  11. If it were me, mumsee, I wouldn’t be alive to rave. 😦

    Yes, certain designations and neighborhoods do have restrictions on remodeling buildings. We will probably never live in one of those, but I do admire the wonderful work some do on those.

    My husband will never rebuild an old car, either, but he does admire the work of others.

    Everyone has to do their part. πŸ™‚

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  12. might want to make sure it’s wheelchair friendly

    Good point Michelle. The one in Hendersonville had a bench inside, but a wheelchair couldn’t get in. I may not be able to swing that because the area between the toilet and wall is too small. but this house isn’t as wheelchair friendly as the one in H’ville. It is an old folks home. Really nice.

    The plumber part of the estimate is $1,500.

    Old cars: My dad had a 1932 Auburn in around 1946.

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  13. A bench in the shower would be nice — one of the guys who came to bid on the bathroom work suggested using some of the excess space at the end of my tub to build in a bench, but the guy we hired instead framed the wall out to meet the tub — which real estate guy said actually was better to prevent any future wall leaks. What do I know? But I doubt I would have used what would have been a fairly small bench-seat anyway — it probably would have more likely been used for extra soaps, shampoos.

    I did get the niche built into the tile, something I’d never heard of until Kim recommended it. Very handy, could have used 2 of those, but sure glad I got the one.

    One of these guys here today is kind of clumsy, he tends to drop things and I’m always cringing — don’t ruin anything! Now they’re trying to put a hook on the back of the door which I decided I wanted — how hard can that be? Apparently hard from the sounds of it.

    😦 😦

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  14. πŸ™‚ Sun is out and it’s springlike here, too, we’re supposed to get up to 70 degrees in a couple days. πŸ™‚ Then more rain by next weekend.

    😦 My little L.A. tree looks about the same. Sigh.

    πŸ™‚ Workers are finishing up (I think).

    πŸ™‚ Then it’s off to take Carol to the library.

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  15. 😦 With husband sick for 4 weeks, we ran out of wood in the wood room

    πŸ™‚ He was well enough to chop wood today and I helped load it into the house

    😦 Jo

    πŸ™‚ Baby shower tomorrow for my friend – I found some adorable clothes and husband wood burned a plaque with her name, a butterfly and some flowers.

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  16. Spring? Not here.

    It was in the 30s earlier in the week, then it got up to 50 (kinda spring-like) on Wednesday, then dropped to the 20s, with about a foot & a half of snow on Thursday, & into single digits overnight. We are now expecting a few more inches of snow tomorrow, & possible a doozy of a snowstorm Wednesday into Thursday.

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  17. 73 degrees today and sunny. Our temps go back down starting tomorrow — it will especially dip at the dog park, of course. And then rain forecast for Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday next week.

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