Saturday, February 15, 2020

Renovations have started

Kassandra tells me that the repairs of her newly acquired house have started.  She has taken off her nice clothes, and is ready to work on her house, which amazes me.  I never took her for a woman that gets her hands dirty, but I guess she is all excited about her new home.  We already gave the house a good wash to remove the dust, and let it dry well.  Now the roof is being given a new coat of paint:

A work in progress

I paint 3 rows at a time, so as to not get tired - I hate painting!
Also, she said that some required materials for the renovations have been delivered, so yesterday we started the work together.
"Were should we start?", I asked.
"I think we should start by putting the glass in the windows.  Not having glass on them makes the house too open."
"OK, let's do that".

So, we measured the windows and took the plastic sheets to cut them to measure.  It was very easy to cut them; I started with a cutter for straight lines, but scissors work perfectly well too:

And we installed them with some narrow double-sided tape (because everything is easier with double-sided tape!).  

Getting the tape in place

All done!
One down, several more to go.  We did the other window from the first floor:  

It looks very nice from outside!

Then, we moved to the two round windows:

And then the ones in the attic:

But then...

"What's this?  We are out of material!", she said.
"Well, to tell you the truth, I wanted to make sure that we would be able to work with it, before spending too much money on it.  But it works well, and the results are perfect.  I guess I will have to order more..."
"Well, no matter.  In the meantime, we will put the new rails in the terrace, and install the floor of the attic".
"For the floor we need the help of your friend Charles to cut the wood..."
"I know, but that has been arranged.  I´ll have the wood cut in a couple of days.  Before we'll put the cornices to sustain the new floor".
"I really like how well the windows look.  Don't you?"
"Of course!  They look fantastic!"

You can see which windows now have panels due to the reflection

Monday, February 10, 2020

A new acquisition

Today it was Kassandra the one that came looking for me.

"You are going to love this!", she said.
"What is it?"
"I have purchased a new house!  Well, it is not really new, but you'll see..."

And indeed she has.  She was all excited about showing it to me, because...

"After all, you are going to remodel it for me."
"I am very glad to see that you trust my knowledge in these matters".
"Oh, don't worry, I have very clear ideas about what I want for it.  Take a look!"

"Isn't it lovely?  I am thinking about adding an attic.  The ceilings in the first floor are too high.  And I could use some extra rooms..."
"What are you thinking in terms of decoration?"
"In the ground floor, a drawing room and a cellar.  And of course, a library on the first floor.  And I think I need a bedroom too, just in case..."
"So what do you need the attic for?"
"I want a ballet studio.  I need to rehearse.  And did you see it has a conservatory, and a deck?"

"Very nice".
"I cannot wait to start the renovations!"


Fantasy apart, I came across this house by chance, and I bought it locally.  I used some gift money my mother-in-law gave me for my birthday, and I could not be more happy.  I have so many plans for it!