I often say that I’ve been married twice, to the same guy. Although we never divorced and remarried, there’s a clear line of demarkation between “the old marriage” and “the new marriage.” And that line of demarkation, completely by coincidence, is 2001, the same year we moved from our first house to the Grey Cottage.
Our old house was built on a haphazard foundation and sort of cobbled together over the years. Nothing was to code. Everything needed to be replaced. Literally–the only way to fix the house would’ve been to bulldoze it and rebuild it from the ground up.
So yeah. Metaphors abounding.
But this post isn’t about marriage, or even “house as metaphor for marriage.” It’s actually literally about my physical abode. I feel like I use metaphors so often, I have to clarify and call it out when, to paraphrase Freud, “sometimes a garage remodel is just a garage remodel.”
And our garage remodel is finally really underway. Last year, we cleared out the garage, which required clearing out our closets and shed to make room for the stuff we weren’t getting rid of from the garage. We did demolition, gutting the plastered and textured drywall. In December, my brothers-in-law brought over a jackhammer and broke up the concrete over the area where the new bathroom is going to be. We then had to haul that concrete out to the fence, and then dig out about 2′ underneath to create a crawl space under where the pipes will be.
As of last night, almost all the floor joists are in place. We’ll be laying the subfloor next. The goal is to have a new master bedroom suite completed by the time Chris’ parents come to visit in September or October. If all goes according to plan, we will be able to complete the remodel without taking out a loan or putting anything on credit.
Which is a good thing, because poor George, my daily driver truck, has been deemed “no longer safe to be a daily driver for a commute that long” by the mechanically-inclined members of my family. Which means I gotta get a new conveyance.
Which is also not a metaphor for anything.
I hope you literally have a great week.