...because home doesn't happen overnight.

The Underdog’s garage is pretty tale-telling of what’s going on right now.  It has become a workshop, dumping zone and Craigslist store of sorts.

1 – That’s the new, upgraded 200 amp box which Handy Hubby relocated from the laundry closet in the den to the garage.  The original screw-in fuse box only provided 50 amp service.

2 – This is the pile of stuff that the previous owners left in the attic.  Handy Hubby brought it down so he could start moving some insulation around in the attic to make way for vaulted ceilings in the great room. My job was to go through the attic pile and see if there was anything interesting or worth keeping.  {I did get a chance to sift through the pile this past weekend and I’ll share what I found with you later.}

3 – Here’s all the carpet, padding, countertops and even a screen door that Handy Hubby has ripped out of the house.  The door was located in the doorway from the garage to the den but was heavy and cumbersome, so it came out while that entrance gets a lot of back-and-forth traffic during renovations.  Our lovely new neighbors were kind enough to haul the carpet away for us on their trailer.  I know ‘the dump’ is not a popular place in blog land but really there wasn’t much else to do with the disintegrated, rotted carpet and padding.  If we could have given it away or sold it on Craigslist we would have, but it was not reusable and unhealthy.  Anyhow, our new neighbors are really excited about the Underdog getting fixed up.  They keep telling Handy Hubby they’re so glad we bought the house.  Gotta love helpful and friendly neighbors!

4 – Those are the plywood shutters that came down last week.  We’re still trying to find a Craigslist taker for those.  So far, we’ve been able to sell the kitchen cabinets and laundry dryer {that was surprisingly left with the house} via Craigslist.

5 – This is the generator that a friend at Handy Hubby’s work has generously loaned to us until we get electricity hooked back up.  It’s been a lifesaver and a necessity!

6 – It’s hard to see but that’s a vintage copper backsplash and hood that was in the kitchen. They’re both up for sale on Craigslist.  We have plans for a kitchen overhaul that I can’t wait to share with you soon.

You can also see that Handy Hubby has set up shop in the garage.  An old workbench {just below the #1 in the picture} was left in the garage when we took possession and we’re using it as a tool catchall for now.  I think it’s going to be quite a while before we are able to park any vehicles in the garage.  But that’s okay.  There’s a nice-sized paved parking area at the end of the driveway that easily accommodates two cars side-by-side that will suffice until the garage is no longer needed as workspace for renovations.  Until then, I think it would be fun to check in on the garage every once in a while to see how its contents relate to what’s going on elsewhere in the house.  For instance, right now there’s no longer carpet and padding in the garage but a shipment of boxes arrived last week to take their place.  And, no, they’re not moving boxes.

image:  Dana Miller for House*Tweaking

12 Comments

25.May.2011

Way to end the post with a cliff-hanger! I’m really excited to see what you do with this place!

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25.May.2011

Carpet and padding can be recycled. When we pulled the nasty carpet out of our own underdog I tried to find the most responsible way to dispose of it, even if I had to pay a little to keep it out of the landfill. I was excited to find a recycling location a fairly reasonable drive away. The best surprise was that they paid ME!

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replied on May 25th, 2011

Bobbie – Our local carpet recycling center only accepts a certain type of carpet fiber and our carpet wasn’t acceptable. Also, the carpet had to be clean and dry. While our carpet was dry, it was not clean…by any means.

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25.May.2011

hm, boxes seem too small to be kitchen cabinets–maybe some Flor for your floor?

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25.May.2011

Such suspense! Can’t wait to hear about and see the ideas for the kitchen. I am TERRIFIED of remodeling ours and don’t even know where to begin. Look forward to your inspiration!

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So exciting! Can’t wait to hear the kitchen plans and see what is in the boxes/what you found in the attic.

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25.May.2011

My garage looks like this right now too! And I wish I could say it was because we were currently gutting our house, in truth, we only did the Kitchen, and are in process of doing windows. We haven’t been able to park our cars in there since about Christmas!
Can’t wait to see what the new boxes are!

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25.May.2011

You are such a tease.

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25.May.2011

Interesting, your center was so picky. There was definitely an incontinent pet in this house at some point in the last 40 years.

Love the blog btw.

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replied on May 25th, 2011

Bobbie – That’s so great that you found a place to take recycle your carpet! The center we checked with only recycles fiber types of N6. It sounded like they ‘accept’ all types but do a thorough inspection of donated carpets and only the N6 is recyclable. Not sure where the unqualified carpets end up. But like I said, even if our old carpet did meet material qualifications, it wasn’t clean and they were adamant about receiving clean carpet.

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25.May.2011

VERY excited to see what you guys have in store for the kitchen — the inspiration pics you shared were great!

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LOL! Awesome! I love this post. Our garage has literally been a catch-all of sorts too for our home improvement projects. It just recently started getting some much-needed attention!

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