Tuesday April 27, 2004

Home Improvement Shows

[ Today's meme is courtesy of Thursday Threesome ]

Home Improvement Shows:

Onesome: --Home
What's the one thing your dream home must have?

Twosome: --Improvement
What's the one thing you would change about your current home? New bed, couch? New carpet or wallpaper? Or something major like an addition?

Threesome: --Shows
Do you ever watch home improvement shows?

Onesome: --Home

My dream home must have space — a room for everything and everything in its room. We mostly have that now; we each have an office, we have a guest room, we have a sunroom, we have a nice-sized dining room. I could wish we had a dedicated "library" (the guest room is also the library). I could wish the kitchen was bigger (but then, for the amount of cooking we do, it's probably perfect. I could wish the floorplan was different, but re-making it would take a lot of work (and wreck our nice new floor).

Twosome: --Improvement

If we had the money (and the city would give us the permit) I would love to add a third story above our living room. I'd like it to be one big room with windows on three sides — North, East, and South — and built-in book cases under all of the windows (as well as on the West wall). I'd also like to enlarge the bedroom with an addition on the back of the house so we would have more closet space. And I'd love to be able to change the ceiling in the bedroom to an open-beam design (but think of the mess and upheaval involved! Yuck!)

Threesome: --Shows
Because we never watch television, we never watch home improvement shows. So I will answer this question by taking a different part of speech for the word "Shows", the past-tense verb meaning "to exhibit or manifest one's self; to reveal".

Given that we don't have the money for huge changes (and the city would probably not grant the permits) we've made smaller improvements over the 16 years we've lived here. However, we have made some substantial improvements — and they show!

The very first thing we did, shortly after moving in, was to remove the ugly flowered foil wallpaper on the south wall of the living room. The former owners didn't like it either (they told us) but they had never done anything about it. Not long after that, we tore out the back lawn and turned the backyard into a garden with flowers, trees and bushes (but no grass). A few years later we re-built the terraced area as well and added a redwood deck. We also enclosed the back concrete patio as a sunroom; it gets foggy here and the sunroom is a real treat on cool days (i.e., most days!)

In the following years, we have torn out the pea-soup-green carpet in the living room to expose the hard wood floor underneath. We enclosed the back upper deck as a screen porch (now we can have breakfast, or even dinner, on the porch). We had new, noise-abating, vinyl windows installed upstairs. And, most recently, we re-covered the kitchen and dining room (linoleum) floors in snap-lock laminate flooring.

Ours is a simple, 2-story, cookie-cutter tract house. But it's a nice design, we have a good lot, our neighbors aren't too close, and we like the location aand the neighborhood. We like the house too. Bit by bit, year by year, we make it better.

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