You know, the idea of bringing an old house back to life is one many people dream of, especially when they walk into one that is finished!
That was the dream when we purchased the then severely deteriorating manse at 71 Central Avenue. Ever seen the movie “The Money Pit”? Welcome to what was our lifestyle for nearly 11 years.
And THEN, it was B&B time. Architect meetings and meetings and meetings. Zoning Board of Appeals hearings – no less than 2! Business Plan preparation, and for someone who is a professional technical writer, I found the task daunting. Then, THE BANK!! Financing to get it all done was vital, and though we started in February, the loan never closed until September!! I learned a whole new vocabulary and new negotiation skills!
Living and working in a two-story construction zone was nothing short of … well, I don’t have words!! Dust and dirt and debris EVERYWHERE, every day!! Great crew, but … and no days off!! Working in the office till 5, run home for a quick bite, into the paint togs, and to work. Repeat. Weekends were no reprieve, just longer hours! Repeat. Aches in every bone and muscle. Had to get one of the claw foot tubs installed and functioning so there could be an evening soak!
As for me, I tried to look on the bright side of the grinding fatigue of the routine by stipulating that I have a trimmer and tighter body – upper back, shoulder and arms from rolling paint and lugging ladders, and what I termed Ladder Butt, tight glutes, slimmer thighs and calves from up and down the ladders in every inch of the 8800 square feet that needed to be painted. That doesn’t count hands and knees painting woodwork! Some silver lining!
BUT, OMG!!! Look at her. The old lady (house) is blossoming under the restorative care of the contractors, and VERY soon we will load in the furniture. And shortly thereafter, our first guests will walk into the refurbished and restored house and maybe they will dream of bringing an old house back to life. Go
Address71 Central Ave
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