Back in August I helped to freshen up a garage apartment with two bedrooms and a living room/kitchen which was improved with paint and new appliances . The best part for me is that I made the design decisions but we used a contractor to make the improvements.
The bathroom was a dungeon which needed a new vanity, sink, and lighting fixture. We discovered that the exhaust fan in the bathroom which turns on with the light doesn’t actually draw so it will also be replaced.
When the vanity was removed we were happy to find that the walls had been tiled all the way to the floor. A GFI outlet was installed on the right-hand wall (so the dangerous extension cord from the medicine cabinet would be unnecessary in the future).
However the left part of the wall had been cutout where the stairwell ceiling had to be accommodated.
The contractor told me that the vanity he ordered wouldn’t fit. Since the vanity and sink were destined to be in a three-sided niche I suggested he take it apart and use only the facing piece. Ultimately the new vanity was partially dismantled to allow it to squeeze into the space and the sink-top was trimmed.
New lights were put above the fluorescent tubes on the medicine cabinet.
And a new exhaust fan was vented to the outside. (The old fan vented into the very shallow attic.)
Now the bathroom is not only more functional but also safer.
I told the first rush of secret-keepers about the party and reminded them that an off-hand comment would be a giveaway to this very astute person. In the group was one of my favorite cooks who offered to make one of her signature desserts. We’re on our way.
February is my favorite month probably because it’s my birth month and it’s short and it bridges the gap between winter and spring.
This February we already have plans for a long weekend in NYC with the express intention of seeing maximum Broadway and off-Broadway shows and possible a cabaret. (This is item #53 from my 101 in 1001.)
I also want to align our outdoor flood light so it comes on when someone pulls into the driveway. It became misaligned while we were painting the house in 2015. Unfortunately we have to pull out the big extension ladder to reach it. Time to be seen again without having to walk in the mud and wave my hands like an idiot.
I’m still waiting for a proposal from our tile guy. He said he was a month out when we spoke in January so I hope his crew will start and finish in February.
Charlie is trying to install the baseboard trim that has been filling our upstairs hallway for months now. He complains that he can’t access the other upstairs rooms yet has been dragging his feet on this project. Hoping this will get top priority while I’m at my day job.
I have 2 personal projects set to start this weekend that only I can do. More details later.