Thursday, July 5, 2012
Reno x 2
Fallingdowne, as we call our 101-year-old Victoria fixer-upper, is getting ready for its long-awaited makeover.
Work is already underway on phase 2 of the Mérida reno, which will add a pool and bathroom and fix up the existing guest bedroom.
The Victoria house is cold, old, crooked and run-down. The scale of the project is overwhelming: Empty the house, move out, remove chimneys, lift house, blast rock face under house, pour new foundation, construct ground level apartment, gut two upper floors, replace upstairs kitchen, replace upstairs bathrooms, rewire, insulate, re-roof, drywall, paint. We've been delaying this project for 15 years, while making stopgap repairs year after year that never solve the fundamental problems.
The Mérida work is underway sooner than we originally planned, because it became clear, even to this perpetually cold Canadian, how important a pool is in a hot, hot place.
It will probably be a while before we get to test the waters ourselves, as long as north-of-the-border reno and work commitments keep us busy.
Still, just looking at the pictures of the progress in Mérida makes me smile. Fallingdowne keeps me up at night, worrying.