Yesterday we took our first step toward reclaiming the guest room from the encroaching music gear and junk that has overwhelmed it for the last several years. We met with a contractor and explained what we'd like to do to make it into a TV room/guest room with shelves in the closet to serve as a pantry.
While we were at it, we asked for a bid to fix the piece of sheetrock that fell from our garage ceiling early this summer when the central air unit decided it didn't want to drain properly.
Of course, any time you walk around your house thinking of stuff you might want to improve, it could keep going on forever. We stopped there because it would be nice to still have some money in our savings account when we're finished.
Unlike our usual "why don't you call your buddy" protocol for home improvements, this time we called a guy my husband knows who actually runs his construction firm like a business. That means we can expect a quote in about two weeks and if we're lucky, they'll do the work sometime this fall.
In the meantime, I get to pick out paint colors, flooring, switchplate and outlet covers, and a new ceiling fan.
I wanted to get the same brand of fan that we have in our living room. We've lived in our house almost 14 years and that fan was there when we moved in. It has run 24/7/365 ever since we walked in the door and we've never even oiled it. It's the Terminator of ceiling fans.
Unfortunately, when I looked up the brand name "Bahama," I only saw it in the context of parts and repairs. A little more research revealed that it had been a store brand of the long-departed Payless Cashways chain. I guess that means I'll be looking elsewhere for another quality fan.
I can't wait to swap the purple carpet for hardwood floors, cheap paneling for smooth, painted walls and the glittery popcorn ceiling for a look that belongs in this century. Now I'm just hoping it's affordable...