RS: basement: before & during

From the first realtor’s tour two Decembers ago to this month’s freezer upheaval, the basement has been our arch nemesis. I’m sure there’s some kind of motivational talk / Bible study material here — you may be cute and quaint with lots of potential, but if your soul (basement) is flooded and rusted and rotten, you’re still as much of […]

RS: how to pry a half-ton monster freezer out of your basement and live to tell the tale

The former home owners left us lots of little presents, but nothing tops the freezer. Apologies to those of you still trying to forget (you know we are), but here’s the deal – No ordinary appliance, this giant metal horror film prop had sat, unplugged, for years before we bought the house. Besides being ugly […]

restoration saga: hvac hates us.

We’ve hit another wall. Our plans for insulation, drywall, and everything else that makes our house look like it’s conducive to human life are on hold until we can find an HVAC person who, like, wants our business. “I’ll get that quote to you by Friday” means “OK, your house stinks and I’ll never see you again.” I’m sure these […]

restoration saga: a river runs through it

Our house sits in a quiet neighborhood. There’s the low hum of the highway, happy shouts of children, and the low ruffing of our friendly neighborhood Doberman. Step inside, and all of that disappears. This tiny house is, I think, a peaceful place and perfectly quiet, except for one thing. There appears to be a fresh […]

restoration saga: expiration date

To fully appreciate what happened tonight at the house, you’ll need a short history lesson. Before our family purchased the house this fall, the house sat, unoccupied, for about two years. The previous owner had passed away, and his family didn’t want the house (apparently, stripping a home down to its studs and starting over is appealing to […]

restoration saga: sandy tries to take our house

Hurricane Sandy put one and a half feet of water in our basement. Then she blew up our breaker box. Since I left my galoshes at home today, I didn’t trek over to look at it, but my husband claims that, basically, it turned to ash. There is no good reason why our house didn’t […]