It seems like every project we plan to tackle requires at least two steps before we can get to it. One thing contingent on another. For example, before we can paint our bedroom we have to scrape popcorn ceilings and install new trim. Now we’re gearing up to install new windows on the back of the house. Windows arrived last week (more details to follow) but we have a few things to do before that can happen. Of course we can’t leave anything as it is. A few weeks ago, Ben’s aunt and uncle visited. They noted how strange it was to climb up three steps in the pool house to get to the wet bar, only to go down three more to reach the patio.
We always thought it was different, but that really got us thinking. Why not lower the wet bar area, making it level with the rest of the pool house and therefore level with the back yard? Yes, let’s eliminate the steps entirely. So that’s what Ben did on Sunday.
For men, demo is the best part. The fun part.
Smashing things, prying up pieces, and making piles of scraps.
It seems this little area was quite over built. But Ben likes a challenge.
Being the smartie he is, he got the car jack from the garage and used it to hoist up the joists.
When the mood strikes, he’ll finish the demo work. But how is this necessary? Well, in order to make the inside and outside level, we’ll have to lower the sliding door by a foot or two. So the raised wet bar has to go so we can bring in a concrete cutting guy to notch out the foundation. Then Ben can install the new sliding door at the lower height. See, one thing hinges on the other.
For the time being, we’ll have a demoed, unfinished space. When we get around to remodeling the kitchen, we hope to reuse the stove, granite counters, and sink in here. Ben will make new cabinets before that so we’ll have a functional, but small, kitchen in the pool house while we renovate. Also, we won’t feel guilty using the oven in the summer because we won’t heat up the house. But we’ve got one more iron in the fire.
How many different projects are you working on right now? Are you starting to prep for fall? Kids going back to school?