Monday, April 2, 2012
Do It Yourself, Part ll
So, with the help of my husband I started another project. We are remodeling our master bathroom, making it a little smaller so we can add space to the laundry room. I've always wanted a larger laundry room, as opposed to the laundry closet I have not. But it cinched the deal when I was watching Celebrity House Hunt the other day.
Shannon Dougherty was looking for a larger home for her family and one of the houses that she looked at (they were all in Malibu, I'm a far cry from Malibu!) had her ideal laundry room. According to Shannon, she loves doing laundry. Well, I don't love doing laundry but I also don't love butting up against the laundry room door every time I load the washing machine. The laundry room she fell in love with was about the size of my entire house. It had two sets of ultra modern washers and dryers and an entire wall of neat looking lockers, a big table for folding and a gift wrap station, among many other things. I think they may have been a McDonalds franchise in there too, I can't be sure.
Well, Steve and I did the part of the renovation that we are the best at...tearing down walls. We starting looking at the framing we would have to do, the ceiling in there is slanted and very high. Then we looked at the plumbing, I don't do plumbing and believe me when I tell you that Steve doesn't either. We began to doubt our ability. And since our local (very odd) handyman moved away we had to decide if we should diy or call a professional. We voted on the professional.
Steve has a friend who is a general contractor, he's pretty expensive, but he's all we had. So he comes over and looks at our job and gives us some great ideas about adding a closet too. Boy, I'm glad we called him.
We know that he is going to cost us a little more than we wanted to spend, but I really don't want walls falling down in the middle of the night so we decided to go with it.
Now, the good part is......he rescued a cat at one of his jobs and he and his wife have been caring for it. But, alas, they are allergic so they have been trying unsuccessfully to find her a home (not his wife, but the cat). So, Steve and I look at each other because we are thinking the very same thing, it's scary sometimes. We figure if we offer to take the cat off of his hands he will feel obligated to give us a little discount.
Now, we really don't know yet if he actually will because he hasn't even given us a price for the job yet, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed. And no matter what he charges us at least I can sleep at night knowing that the job didn't get done "good enough" (Steve's motto), but it gone done professionally and right.