I suppose that having lived here for almost 10 years now it isn’t really the Beginning. However. This is a new year and I finally have a New year with a workshop at the house with all of my woodworking tools at hand. The past few years they’ve been in a storage unit downtown (relative term for Lakeport NY).
The house is a ‘starter’ home, in a relatively rural area of NY near Syracuse. We’re in an area which used to be ‘camps’ but now is primarily full time residences on Oneida Lake, for us it is a short walk down to the lake, but that suits me just fine. I only just aquired a canoe this past summer, but that’s only going to be for streams and other Lakes. Oneida kicks up too much chop for my taste to be safe for a canoe, especially solo.
As I mentioned, I’ve lived here for nearly 10 years now, having moved in with the LOML and her three kids and her mother when I moved back to NY from a life on the road as a traveling photographer. Nowadays I’m a real estate researcher/photographer for an excellent company who deals in information on commercial properties. I work ‘from home’ in that my office is a Sprinter van with desk and computer in it which I drive around and collect info from.
The house isn’t in many photos, but suffice to say it needs some work. Starting this coming spring the LOML and i are going to be replacing/repairing our kitchen and living room floors, then trimming out all of the windows and doors with new moldings and then repainting. Once the paint is on, we’ll install some laminate flooring as the finances allow. If things go well, we’ll also be getting the roof replaced and power run out to my shop, not nesc. in that order.
We have a ‘deadline’ of spring 2011. I think we might just make it if we keep at things full tilt until then. Why 2011? Our middle son Adam graduates from high school that year, and Lori, the LOML wants to be moving south soon afterwards, so the house needs to be updated if we have any hope of selling it.
We’ll likely wind up totally gutting the kitchen in the progress, as well as the bathroom (don’t tell her that, but it really needs a makeover… ) I wonder if Ty and the folks at ABC would consider just doing two rooms for us? LOL. No chance, and I’d rather not be in such straights as to qualify for their assistance, thank you very much.
We are going to ‘school’ on this house, as our next project is one which we’ll really have our hands full. My Grandfather’s house in VA is going to need a ‘to the studs reno once he moves out of it before it can sell…
Lori and I figure we’re the ones to do it, since we’ll ‘need’ a place to live near my parents who now are taking care of my grandfather. I figure if they can do it, so can I. Doc’s house is in sad shape, thanks to a live-in caregiver whom he’s had for several years. She brought several pets who’ve run wild in the house and we recently had to intervene and get him out of there for health reasons. Luckily my Aunt & Uncle, plus my parents were able to convince my grandfather that he needed to make a change and let her go, and then get the animals out of the house as well. That’s a whole other Saga, but one which has spurred my thoughts on fixing up this house so we can move and fix up that one some day.
As for my skills… well I’m a somewhat self taught hobbyist woodworker. I’m in the process of finishing my shop… I’m down to insulation, wiring and siding… oh, and plus putting in the windows at some point as well.
check out my blog at nedswoodshop.blogspot.com if you’d like to see the whole saga from the beginning.
Time for me to hit the sack tonight, but this is a start. Thanks for looking, and I’ll be musing a bit more before the dust starts flying later this year.