Here’s the garage apartment, from the outside, back in late August. Notice it’s still unfinished? I haven’t had the cash or the time to address having the siding put on. Now I’ve got a small chunk saved and am interviewing carpenters to gather bids.
The first to come in almost made me pass out. Not including materials, just labor, the bid was twice what I had expected. Holy cow, Batman! This is far beyond my pocketbook. I hope the other four bids will be significantly lower. If not, I am wondering if I could learn to put up the clapboards myself.
Meanwhile Lucy and I have been slowly tackling the inside. My hope is to have the apartment ready to go on the market as a ski rental this winter. We have furnished it almost entirely with second-hand items from Craigslist and Freecycle. Nothing is elegant but it is functional and sturdy. (Lucy was particularly happy when we scored the second-hand L.L. Bean braided rugs.) Every six weeks when we are in the big city we buy a few more linens or kitchen supplies from Costco, Walmart, or Overstock.com. Slowly the apartment is taking shape.
The kitchen/dining/living room (ignore the trash can!).
We still need pots and pans, a toaster, coffee maker, microwave, telephone, and television. The irony is that it is likely that the apartment’s television will be more up-to-date than our elderly Sony at home.
The bedroom (still searching for bedside tables and a chest of drawers).
The bathroom. I need to hang a shower curtain rod, towel racks, and a toilet paper holder. Then, of course, buy a shower curtain, towels, etc.
Looking out of the bedroom, across the living room/dining room toward the future deck. It’s not clear to me if I can get a Certificate of Occupancy before the deck is built. This will be crucial.
There is still cosmetic finish work to be done inside: some staining, some missing trim to be installed, closet doors to be taken down and re-hung. The concrete entry floor needs patching and painting. Above the shower must be tiled. I have to figure out a banister, and then sand and varnish the staircase. Some of this I have no idea how to do, but I’m sure I’ll learn. “There must be a book about it” is my motto.
It is all waiting for me, the minute winter shuts down all the projects outside on the land.