Saturday, 28 November 2009

Under construction ~ no, Really!!!

Remember a couple of posts ago I was metioning the ups and downs of my 2009?  Well it never seems to end, but isn't that just like life?  The only constant in life is change!

One early, early morning after a rain storm, I went into my clothes closet to pull on my house robe and something felt damp, no it was wet!  So I turned on the bedroom light and went for a closer look.  There were water droplets on my dry cleaning bag that was hanging in the closet...hmmmmmmmmmm, then I heard "plunk" a water droplet hit the plastic bag again....double hmmmmmm.  I looked up and there it was, the leak in the ceiling that was dampening my clothes and my spirits....

Water had been seeping into my house of an unknown period of time and had finally pooled and was finding a way into the interior...forget about the hmmmm, now it is more like *shit* how much damage has been done?

I called my trusty friend with whom I use to work with when I was actually working on site construction and he came over for a look. The water had come in from the old chimney stack that had been used for, a) at one point in time a wood stove; b) now un-usable propane fireplace....Water was actually pooling on top of said fireplace....*SHIT*.

So, what went from fixing the roof now became a wall tearing, insulation damage / removal, pull out the fireplace adventure!



Well, what's money when you don't have it, I always say,  let's replace the fireplace with a shiny new Napoleon gas burning fireplace and build a nice wall unit around it....why not!!!!   Oh, and let's throw in a brand new hall closet while we are at it, because after all....it was damaged too!


So, *fireplace is in, wall unit not....**hall closet had to wait for the fireplace....

I've been living under construction for over a week now, but you know what?  It's going to look great when its done!!

Life's fun if you don't weaken,

Lily

*fireplace pictures to follow
** hall closet pictures to follow after that!

23 comments:

Bluenoser said...

Hey at least you've exposed to us that you are living with a bunch of studs...

-B

Lily on the Road said...

LMAO Bluenoser, In my dreams!! LOL

Lisa said...

I'm living in construction also - due to backyard renovations. Not fun while it is in progress, but should be great when it is completed!

Anne said...

It's so true, this stuff only happens when funds are low and patience even lower.

Staci Dombroski said...

Not fun!

bikesgonewild said...

...OUCH but hey, it seems to be heading in not only the right direction but a better one, at that...

...had a seriously problematic water damaged window, myself, after last winter...all better now & as i type i'm looking out a beautiful 5'x6' garden window (the kind that extends out)...

...you are "on it", blue...very revealing comment (snerk !!!)...

...lily...left a comment on blue's site about "rockin' ronnie hawkins"...old memories...

Judi said...

OMG! a disaster! i love your tone in this post - like the ridiculous-ness of the whole situation. i am sorry you had to spend the $$! :(

Keith said...

Hmmm. It could have been much worse. Only a week of construction - my wife is laughing at you. (sorry) We were living in a construction zone for the better part of a year as most of the house was having stuff DONE to it. Hope it all gets finished up soon and looks as nice as you hope.

Mel-2nd Chances said...

oh boy. better to be doing all that now before the cold of winter hits! Good luck! Bet it'll look beautiful when it's done :)

Shilingi-Moja said...

No fun but at least you can enjoy the gas fireplace.

Aka Alice said...

Bummer...been there already this year (in the under construction zone), but when it'd all done, so worth it!

Jess said...

It sucks to live in a construction zone, but I'm sure it will be fabulous when it's done!

Anonymous said...

the Planned renos are one thing, the unplanned ones... not so much fun... says she who had to get a new roof... argh... but you're right It will look great when done and you'll enjoy it.

Ter

Amy said...

Ha ha! Love comment number one about all the studs you're living with!!

Just to say, we had a similar problem, but under our tile floor...hang in there...

Marlene said...

Oh sh*t... that is never a good thing. Glad you were able to see the bright side and make some improvements. At least you can take advantage of the tax credit. ;)

Can't wait to see the "after" pics.

Wes said...

I like silver linings :-)

Shelley said...

Yup..can't wait to see the finished project!

Runner Leana said...

Wow, good luck with the construction! Ah, the joys of home ownership, right?

MrDaveyGie said...

Good grief!!! Well the finished results will look good.

bikesgonewild said...

...lily / marlene...just checking to see where some of your regulars are from, laurel...marlene hails from newmarket, ontario...
...yep...while i did spend my early childhood in the true north (strong & free), i grew up in newmarket through most of my schooling (until they threw me out)...

...bit of a shock for this ex-pat canuck to think of the old home town...no family back there anymore but still, a wakeup...

...43 years ago, when i left for a different life "on the road" (thank you, jack kerouac) & ultimately california there were 7,000 maybe 8 thousand folks in newmarket & the last census figures showed over 70,000...whew...

...by contrast, out here in "crowded" california, the town i live in just north of the golden gate bridge had about 7,300 people when i got here & 43 years later we've jumped up to about 7,800 folks...
...(to be honest, the "greater bay area" has grown exponentially but our little county of marin has wonderfully kept tabs on things like over-building)...

...somehow, i got the best of both worlds...that small town, strong canadian upbringing & now the snow free beauty of coastal califoria & it's awesome bike riding...

...had my ups n' downs but definitely feel blessed...& "lily on the road", pardon my long reflective post...

Lily on the Road said...

BGW, not having any other way to converse, I'll just say I lived in the Aurora, Newmarket, Holland Landing region for many years because of the active equestrian world there.

I'd love to catch up via email, just let me know....

Lily on the Road said...

ps BGW, you are the only one who has ever picked up on "on the road", kudos!

bikesgonewild said...

...i kinda keep it on the q.t. publicly but the bluenoser can certainly give my e-mail...

...i still have a big streak of canadian running through me & it's nice to be in touch w/ folks from home...