When we bought a brand-new house a few months ago we found a few things that needed remodeling. Here’s how we’ve made the place more livable:
Basement: Removed seldom-used recreation room and bar
from basement, salvaging knotty pine from walls and tiles from floor and ceiling. Result: a huge area, with durable concrete floors and walls, suitable for storing bicycles, baby buggies and window screens. An ideal place for kids on rainy days.
Living room: Ripped out dust-collecting bookshelf and room divider and installed smart-looking plaster wall with built-in, hinged door. Result: living room can be shut off from noise of dish-washing and sight of cluttered kitchen. Sensing that the room now needed a focal point, we cut a large hole in one wall, lined it with bricks and erected a chimney above it. Result: a place where wood or coal can be burned in a grate, giving cheerful warmth.
Back yard: Replaced patio with enclosure attached to house at back entrance. Floor, roof, screened walls and awnings make it a comfortable “outdoor room” ideal in summer for eating meals, napping or just loafing, free from dogs, cats, flies, mosquitoes, flying ants and sudden rainstorms. Our “back porch” (as we call it) has attracted architects from all over the province.
Carport: Devised shelter for car by building walls between posts of carport and adding one large door (for car) and one small one (for pedestrians). Result: family car stays warmer in winter, is safe from prowlers and seems likely to retain original paint at least three years longer.
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