Saturday, June 2, 2007

The Crack Den

My husband is working in a crack den. Literally. Some people bought this house that was formerly a crack den and hired him to completely remodel it. It really doesn't look too bad from the front, but the inside was a mess. It's not too bad now, they say. The owners filled three of those large construction site dumpsters to overflowing with just the junk in the inside. Yuck.

It's really a nice house in a nice neighborhood. I'm sure all the neighbors are glad the "business" was shut down. The wife is wheelchair bound and so much of the downstairs is being remodeled to accommodate her. Doorways are being widened. Steve has already talked to a cabinet maker about having them custom built. The cabinet maker said he will come to her house and measure her sitting in her chair so the counters will be the perfect height for her. I'm sure she will love that.

Here's just a little bit of the mess inside. When the girls and I arrived this morning, all of this (along with everything else in the kitchen and laundry room) had been torn out and brought outside. The girls and I worked upstairs, that's in relatively good shape. The girls cleaned the walls, I removed old hardware from around the windows, killed wasps, went downstairs and filled three large garbage cans full of sheetrock and trim moulding that was torn out of the office. I also removed all the carpet tack strip from the office and completely scrapped it out and vacuumed with the shop vac. Whew! I was so tired by the time I got to the barn, I could hardly lift the fork to clean the stalls.

Then we went to our lot and played with concrete stain on the little practice square. We tried eight different combinations with three different stains. Before the sun went down, we scrubbed it with baking soda and water to neutralize the reaction. Since it was wet, I didn't take any pictures. We'll get some tomorrow and decide which color(s) we like.

As for me, I need a good bath and I'm going to hit the hay. Horse show tomorrow for the girls and me. Steve will be scoring the concrete. When this house is finished, we're going to need a LONG vacation!!!


Cynthia said...

Yikes. I bet that was a mess to clean up.

De'Etta said...

I'm exhausted reading about your day. I'm really intersted in this concrete staining stuff. I keep talking to Mike about it - but he doesn't GET it. He's a white wall/tan carpet type of guy. LOL

It made me smile to think of this lady getting a house fit just for her. The outside is gorgeous.

Kristine said...

Ooh, that does look awful inside. It's beautiful on the outside, and they are blessed to have someone like Steve working on this for them.