I had something almost worked up for today, but it didn’t feel quite right. We have been working our butts off on the house, so there is little time for much else lately. It is all our fault though.
A couple months ago, we successfully convinced all of our relatives to come to our house for the holidays. Score! Oh wait, there isn’t flooring or doors in half of the rooms in the house. This makes for interesting and abbreviated bathroom time: “Hey Dad, what are you reading?!?”
Anyway, not much time for writing either, so I’ll share with you a couple of the things we’ve been working on. I’ll have a more detailed post on my projects soon including one on my favorite skill in the world, tiling! However, that is for another day.
Oh, but before I get to the projects, I wanted to emphasize how important I think DIY is for your bank account. These projects would have costs thousands in labor if hired out. For this house alone, I’m saving somewhere in the neighborhood of $75,000 just by doing the work myself. It is tough at times; my bike rides suffer and there are some late nights, but the money saved makes it so worth it. Now before you say, “I don’t have the skills,” neither did I 10 years ago. I just picked up some books from the library and watched some tutorials online. Feel free to ask me questions at any time if you’d like to try some of these projects yourself. Heck, if you’re in Colorado (or living on a beautiful tropical island), let’s work on a project together!
One project which I hope to get done soon is our 3rd bathroom. I built the shower curb just now and hope to get the rest of it done within a couple weeks. I’ll be using MMM’s method to build the base.
Frugalsaurus is a great assistant, anticipating what tool I need and always on time.
Spendosaurus had other things* on his mind and was of no use whatsoever.
We weren’t planning on installing wood floors until 2015, but then Home Depot had this great hickory on clearance. It was a deal too good to pass up.
One other crazy thing; I bought that air compressor about 10 years ago at the local grocery store. I have no idea why a place that sells apples and meat was also selling these, but it was on clearance and I needed one, so into the cart it went. To my surprise, it’s still chugging along in fine form. Also note my plant from college in the lower left corner (20+ years old!).
Here is a picture of a finished floor in our new dining room. While the floor looks great, do you know what the best part of this is? I hardly did any of it! To my great surprise, last week Mrs. 1500 announced that she wanted to install the floors. Ummm, great! I got her started and off to the races she went.
Also, I have no idea what that toilet paper is doing there.
Finally, our town is also under construction. We were out this week for our evening walk and I was thrilled to see these new bike lanes on the fresh asphalt.
I’m soooooo tired; time for bed. Tune in next week when I tell you about how I offered my tile skills to my neighbor for free, but they didn’t want to wait for me, so they hired a random person. The result isn’t pretty.