The Garage (Apartment)- Part 7

>> 7.26.2012

 (continued from part 1part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, and part 6) I just know that this thing will be finished in fewer than 10 parts! 

Things are REALLY moving along! After a bad week, I'm really happy with where we were with the apartment yesterday. As you might guess, I get pretty cranky when I have to spend a lot of money that I don't plan on spending. So, I was especially put off by our pilot light going out (=no hot water) within a week of the AC shutting off! The AC ended up being a maintenance issue (don't get me started) and wasn't covered by our warranty. So, that was over $150. Being so hot, we barely noticed the lack of hot water for a few days, but eventually found out that our pilot light was out. It wouldn't restart on its own so we called a plumber.... another $150 to basically blow the dust out of a vent. Boo! 

So, back to the garage, I got in a much better mood after we had an amazing electrician come by and add some outlets for less than half the estimate of another recommended guy. Always get more than one estimate on the big stuff! Not only did he add some outlets in the garage and laundry area, but saved us a ton of time by switching out all of the old and corroding switches/ sockets and covers for way less than our budget for the new outlets alone.

Things are looking so much more liveable!! The bathroom before:

The bathroom now:
 Please note the new paint, faucet, doorknob, and shelf.

In my opinion, the little details make the biggest differences in the feeling of the space. For example, we just slapped a coat of paint on the walls instead of replacing the 60 year old beadboard, but adding a fresh faceplate makes the room seem like it was built much more recently. It definitely feels that way in person! 

Can you "feel" the difference from this angle? (say yes) Before:

 The kitchen corner is slowly moving somewhere as well. Now that we have an outlet on the back wall, we can shift the refrigerator there, adding more flexible space for the new tenant.
 The kitchen cart is this one from IKEA, but I found it for $20 on Craigslist. The two shelves will hold the hot plate and toaster oven perfectly (remember, doing a regular oven isn't an option). I think I want to paint the base to match the other cabinets and maybe add a towel bar. Ideally, we'd build some sort of floating countertop above the cart and refrigerator to unify the workspace, but we'll see if we get there. I do, however, plan to add wall shelves from IKEA above that area so it should help to better define the "kitchen" side of the apartment.

I'm excited to finish things up and start showing it to people. Four out of the four people I contacted through the Craigslist- Housing Wanted section want to come see it this weekend... knowing that it doesn't have a full kitchen! Full "finished" pictures to come next week!


Hilary July 26, 2012 at 4:22 PM  

It's looking great! You can definitely tell it feels more updated just from the photos. I'm sure it looks even better in person!

Refrigeration design and service in Bergen July 26, 2012 at 10:50 PM  

Cool pics, sure thing it will look fabulous in real

Mary Dell August 30, 2012 at 11:24 PM  

You might consider putting the fridge up on a base of some kind. I have one in my rental, and it's very difficult to get things in and out of it when it's on the floor. But I really like what you're doing--my tenants move out next week, and I can't wait to get back in and fix it up for the next ones. If only I had more money to do it with ...

Mary Dell August 30, 2012 at 11:25 PM  

You can have storage beneath, with the fridge on top--much more accessible that way!

Kasey at Thrifty Little Blog September 5, 2012 at 11:21 AM  

@Mary~ I had not thought of that! We'll look at our options after the current tenant moves out. Thanks!

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