June 8, 2009

Mr. Geek's Baby

There's nothing like home improvement projects to bring out the best and worst in people. Especially when you live in a turn-of-the-last-century house with a 1920s garage taking up most of the backyard.
Yikes! Sorry about that eyesore for those of you just getting up. I have to look at that everyday from our bedroom window.

Mr. Geek has spent the last few months chipping away at the monstrosity that is our garage. We used to have heavy, broken carriage doors which didn't allow easy parking access. Mr. Geek and his dad added a new door, complete with an automatic garage door opener. Not an easy task, since our garage is so wonky and unlevel. It involved jackhammering the floor and rebuilding a wall.
Which makes it oh so convenient to park the car. It keeps the car snow-free in winter and cool in summer. Can you see the remnants of graffiti on our garage. We didn't repaint because we knew we'd be covering this up with siding this summer.

Here's the eyesore now, still an eyesore but on the road to recovery.
We want to put siding on it by the end of July. Mr. Geek is also installing some windows upstairs so that it can serve as a play space/art studio/meditation area in the future.
The upstairs actually has a lovely hardwood floor that's in need of a sanding. We also found the remains of an old photography darkroom. Did you think I was going to say body? Sadly, we haven't found any cool stuff in our old house (not implying that a corpse is "cool stuff"), save for an old Breyer's ice cream container hidden in the chimney (secret ice cream eating stash, I think not).

So now there's a pile of shingles in our yard
along with my gorgeous foxglove, now in bloom

and some tasty lettuce, not quite ready for the pickin'.
What are your summer projects?

9 comments:

  1. Wow, you guys are keeping busy with those projects!
    While I'm gone this summer Nick will be hopefully getting our container gardens started. It never really gets cold enough here to kill a plant so there should be plenty of time to grow stuff.

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  2. What a huge undertaking. My jewelry show items are now in our 1-car garage, and not my car.

    My projects are to make more jewelry items, take pics outside and relax outside and enjoy nice weather.

    Linda

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  3. The garage is looking much better so far. And your flowers are GORGEOUS!!!

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  4. Cant wait to see how it comes together in the end! Love the flowers. My whole house is a summer project LOL. Just taking it room by room and redecorating on the cheap!

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  5. Cant wait to see how it comes together in the end! Love the flowers. My whole house is a summer project LOL. Just taking it room by room and redecorating on the cheap!

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  6. a lot work, but totally worth it to have the extra space!! can't wait to see how it turns out!

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  7. I'd like to do a massive purge of clothes and junk and clean up my office. Not grandiose projects but they need to be done...

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  8. way too many projects...all the time. we have a to do fun list...and we are start it kinda folks. i guess this year we will have a few....who knows!

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  9. Trying to get our yard done. It was overgrown with weeds and the boys need to get out and play. Spent one day trying to fix it up so far...I know we'll need many more to get it to how we want it to look.

    Wish I had a green thumb...

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