Monthly Archives: November 2006

Hidey holes

With a big attic, big garage, and big basement, the house is a great for a game of hide ‘n seek. Plus, there are specials places we called “hidey holes.”

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L to R: Under the basement stairs, the secret closet going down the stairs, and up inside the basement fireplace. Click to enlarge.


1st floor bathroom

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The 1st floor half-bath, right at backdoor garage entry off the kitchen, is quite unusual in that it has a marble fireplace (non-working) it. We’ve added white tile and a black marble hearth. Click to enlarge.


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We’ve cleaned out most of the stuff that’s accumulated in the attic over the years, gave it a good vaccuuming, and tidied it up after the new windows were installed. It’s a classic, including steep stairs and rope-pulley trap door (with bucket of sand, natch!). An attic is primarily for storage, but one can easily envision an extra room or two up there. Click photos to enlarge.

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Garage finished

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I cleaned out the garage on Saturday, including hosing down the floor (left). It’s an oversized¬†2 car garage, with two electric garage door openers. It would accommodate two large pickup trucks or SUV’s. We had one of those huge Dodge Maxi-vans for many years and still had storage space in front of it. In the photos, you can see how much room there is in front of Robbie’s Subaru Outback wagon. We’ve got three bicycles there, a couple of motorcycles, lawnmower, a workbench (it stays), storage shelves, and rafters for more storage.

Basement finished

We finished spiffing up and cleaning out the basement last weekend. We fell in love with the basement when we bought the house, because the kids immediately adopted it as a play area… and I had plenty of room for a workshop. Although the house is over 90 years old, the basement is only 40 years old since the house was moved here in 1965. Hence, it’s got a bright, fresh feel to it, unlike the dark dungy basements of most century-old houses. Click photos to enlarge.

Storage room at the bottom of the stairs.

The rec room, complete with a radiator, small storage closet, and a non-working fireplace. We refer to it as a rec room because this is where we had a pool (billiards) table and a ping pong (table tennis) table. Prior to those items, the kids used it for roller skating, floor hockey, impromptu forts, etc.

The workshop. Or another rec room.

Left and center: the area outside the bathroom, in between the stairs and the workshop. Right: laundry area, adjacent to the workshop.

The cellar stairs to the backyard patio. The double doors at the top and bottom make it convenient for hauling big items in and out of the basement… like a pool table!

Living room finished

We moved all the storage items out of the living room today, did a thorough cleaning from all the plaster dust the past couple of weeks, and put all the furniture back.

I’ll take more photos tomorrow when it’s sunny — these photos (click to enlarge) make the walls look like they’re yellow, and a flash photo didn’t do the room justice.

Update 11/26: I took these photos on 11/19.