Finally, we have found a reputable contractor who has agreed to undertake some of the immediate work that needs to be done to our ‘new’ old home before we can really start to settle in. He was recommended to us by a local primitive shop owner and we’re thrilled to know that things will finally start to come together.
One of the downfalls of older homes is the dire lack of closets. For the past month, Mr. Painted Quilt and I have essentially been living out of boxes because there is no where to hang our clothes. Of course we were aware of this before we bought the house and the two bedrooms where we want to add the closets are large enough to accommodate them without detracting from the general appearance, size and ambiance of the rooms. And an added bonus is that our contractor specializes in older houses so he knows what to recommend and how to go about it! He’s coming over tomorrow to finalize plans and to give us a start date…and if the price is right, we might also give him some of the painting to do as well.
Now I’m really getting excited!
Because we want to paint the house from top to bottom, we decided not to unpack anything except for the necessities and the kitchen and bathroom stuff. As a result, there are still mountains of boxes stacked in the sun porch and spare bedroom.
One side of the sun porch…
And the other side. You don’t want to see the spare bedroom…really.
The one exception we made to the unpacking rule was my studio. I couldn’t live without my stuff and was experiencing severe withdrawal symptoms…honestly! Even though this room is destined to be painted as well, it is ‘liveable’ as is so I went ahead and unpacked and found a home for about two-thirds of my stuff. Keep in mind that these are VERY preliminary pictures and things will certainly change as soon as I become more comfortable with my new surroundings.
Although all my ‘stuff’ is familiar, it is going to take me a while to get used to things. The ugly office chair will be replaced with a comfortable wing chair as soon as I find the ‘perfect’ one. This is my designated hooking and stitching area.
The physical size of the room is smaller than my last studio but I have the added advantage of two storage spaces under the dormers on either side of the room. Notice the door?
Here is what’s behind it…
The storage area extends approximately 6” on either side of the opening and on both sides of the room.
I would like to add a custom storage cabinet or two sometime in the future specifically for my fabric stash but I have to keep on reminding myself that Rome wasn’t built in a day. *sigh*
As you can see, I’m still trying to find places for everything and much more tweaking and rearranging will take place over the next little while.
There are still several more boxes to be unpacked but I think I’ll leave them for now until I get a better feel for my new space.
I wish you all a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year, and one with many finishes too!
See you in 2011!