(continued from part 1, part 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:
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:
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!