Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Lez introduce a new crew member!

LL says:

We need help. So much work. Lots to do. Little time to do it. It can be stressful at times, trying to reach the finish line. Which is no fun at all. So I'm excited to announce a new crew member at Lez Renovate! She is quite helpful in calming our nerves and bringing us the measuring tape. I'm so happy that she has agreed to be part of the crew. Her name is Menue. As in MEE-new. Wanna see pictures of her? Of course you do! Check out our flickr page.

Originally her name was Montana, which didn't fit her personality. And my sisters' dog is named Hana, which would make our pets a combined Hana Montana. That didn't sit well with me because I'm not a fan of Hana Montana. I am a fan of food and all things french hence, Menue. Although the original spelling of the french word for pussy cat is Minou, I decided that spelling it Menue was a little more fitting. And if you wanted to you could call her Menu. Like the vet did. Oh the vet! Haha! So, I took her for a check up yesterday in her cardboard carrying case. She did not like being in there at all! Before I knew it she was biting her way through one of the small air holes, furiously trying to break free and only getting as far as her sticking her head out. Therefore, getting stuck. So there I am, walking out of the vet office with a cat carrier that has a cat head sticking out the side. Funny.

So hopefully she will get comfy enough to start helping us in the basement. She's really good at cleaning up. She likes to lick everything in sight. And she has taken a liking to measure tapes. So there is hope that she will be right for the reno job!

Speaking of reno's. Any advice on where to get counter-tops for our kitchen cabinets? Any good deals out there? We want to hire professionals to install them.

Peace out.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

What's up you say?

LL says:

Holy crap - whirlwind! We are racing towards the finish line. It has been awhile since I have updated the blog because we have been so busy! And, my Mac was in the shop getting fixed so I didn't have a computer to work with. But now I do and now I feel the need to update the masses. :)

Well. Let's see. What have we been doing in the last week? Mudding, sanding, painting, hanging kitchen cabinets and laying cement. Yep. Lots. And being this far with visible progress is so satisfying. I mean, seeing your walls open for months and not seeing an end in sight is kind of depressing. But now we have seen the light. The light at the end of Garden Suite 2.0.

You know that we have mudded, sanded and painted before - so that's nothing new. But we haven't hung cabinets before! Right. My sister's bf came over to help with leveling the cabinets on the wall and working out how it would all fit together. Seeing how unlevel the kitchen floor is made me laugh. The shims that we used for the cabinets were hilarious. But, it will do the trick. We are going to paint them and then cover up the various unlevelness of it all with molding. Ahhhhh molding, renovation solutions to the stars.

In the past week we have had various friends and family (thank you Lyn, Heather, Chris and Blair) help us paint everything. We are nearly done with that. Just have to decide on a colour for the kitchen and throw a coat of paint on a couple of closets. Then it's the molding. Ahhhhh molding, renovation solutions to the stars. Ohh wait, I think I already said that.

And today we decided that we needed to level the concrete floors a little more. Which meant hand mixing 12 - 55 pound bags of sanded concrete and smoothing out the mountain range that is our basement suite. It took all day and I now have a couple a blisters that are reminiscent of the drummer hands that I used to have. Fun. Now I'm ready to rock out in my soon-to-be-constructed jam space! Lez Renovate - Season 2.

Ok - enough talk. Now we must clean the upstairs because the layer of drywall dust that has accumulated is gross.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Crack Shack or Mansion?

LL says:

Wow. Up at 7:00am, Sunday morning. J seems to think that I'm turning into an early riser. No way!! I'll always love sleeping in! Always. But dogs require attention so they don't pee in the house. Fair enough I say. Although if I had my way, I'd make her go in a litter box. That's just me.

So we had a long dog walk this morning, which is an excuse to get buns and latte's. Walking around gives us the opportunity to look at other houses too. "ohhh, I like that one, it looks like a house boat", "I love the rock garden this one has", "look at the cat sitting on the porch!!! I'm going to go say hi." And we also notice ones that are in not so great of shape. Brings to mind that little online game called Crack Shack or Mansion. Petr Pospisil and his girlfriend Ola Rogula, frustrated when the price of an average detached home in Vancouver rose to over $1 million, created The original Crack Shack or Mansion game. Try it out!

I dunno but I think ours would have been a toss up! But its shaping up and I'm sure if we ever decided to sell that we will make 10 million dollars! Well, in our hearts anyways.

Ok - enough chit chat, gotta get to work. Kitchen cabinets need to be hung, and then we are painting the whole gosh darn place!

Til next time. Happy Sunday!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Lez lay some concrete

Happy Friday everyone! And what a beautiful Friday it is. Yesterday I mowed the lawn with our ancient push mower and started noticing the flowers that we are going to have blooming soon. Tons of roses! Awesome.

This week has be full of puttying and priming. Also, we started figuring out how the kitchen cabinets are going to fit in the new kitchen. Looks like we are going to have to do some of our own Jimmying. Haha! Ran into an old neighbour and we told him about Jimmy. He said that we all eventually become Jimmy, when good enough is plenty. Ha. I would never hear Mike Holmes say that. Although I'm pretty sure if Mike Holmes came to assess this house he would say tear it down. Start from scratch. Mike has stopped being our boyfriend.

So I threw a quick video together before sending my editing computer to the doctor. As luck would have it, I'm still under Mac warranty. Sweet! Anyways - I won't be able to update videos for a bit since I'll be without a computer. But, hopefully this will satiate your reno appetite for the time being. Here's little update on our concrete situation.

And this weekend we are painting. Painting mania. Painting party! And we promised ourselves that once we were done dry-walling, mudding, sanding and getting the dirty stuff out of way, we would get a furry being to join our family! Stayed tuned for the exciting news.

Have yourself a fantastic weekend!

LL and Cool J

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Lez get up early

LL says:

I'm not a morning person. Especially on the weekend.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Nobody puts baby in a corner!

LL says:

Well, it's Friday. And to a majority of the world that means weekend!!! Doing stuff like going grocery shopping, doing laundry, hanging with friends and family, sleeping in, maybe do some colouring, or some drinking, or the same time. That sounds fun. Well, our weekend is going to look like this:

Wake up early to get painting supplies and put a coat of primer on all the walls after we sand bits here and there, whatever is missed from the massive sanding of drywall mud that is being done right now. And if we aren't too tired from that, we plan to go to a glam goth party. I guess I can put some of the drywall dust on my face to get the pasty look, accompanied by black lipstick/eyeliner. Next morning, get up and drag the kitchen cabinets in to see if they will fit. That's the thing, we don't even know if they will fit because they are second hand ones from the internet! So, there could be some Jimmying. Attach said cabinets then continue painting them with primer.

You know, it takes a lot of time to do reno's. And patience. Which takes up a lot of time. Endless cycle. But seeing the finished product at the end is so satisfying! It's like having a baby. Well, not really, but I feel just as proud to have birthed a 750 sq foot basement suite. And if anyone dares hurt, deface or ruin my little baby I'll be some pissed. My drywall guy busted one of my newly laid bathroom tiles (purely accidental) and I almost welled up with tears! How crazy is that? It's going to be tough to find decent tenants who take care of their dwelling. And I hope they don't mind me dropping in every once in a while to make sure they're treating my baby well. Nobody puts baby in a corner!!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Lez install a dishwasher

How do you save time? Well, you outsource of course. So we decided that purchasing a dishwasher would give us some much needed rest by getting someone (or something) else to do the dishes for us! Fantastic. Problem was we needed to cut a hole out of our thick as heck counter to install said dishwasher.

In any case, it is installed and now we have time to do other things. Like sleep.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Lez hurry up and wait

LL says:

So things usually take longer than they are intended to. We were laughing at the initial idea of renting the suite out for Feb 1st. Haha! A distant memory. And of course the drywall mud is taking longer to dry than anticipated. It doesn't help that we live in Vancouver, super rainy city. And the fact that our brand new furnace stopped working because of a faulty part. Grrrrrr. I almost ripped up our cheque in-front of our furnace guy. But he was just the lacky helper installing the small part, so he had nothing to do with it. Although he did say that the part was damaged because of the guys in shipping, they tend to 'not be so delicate' when they are preparing shipments. That's right, blame the other guy. It seems to be quite common. Trades guys coming in and commenting on some other guy's work and what a bad job they did. Even if it's not a bad job, they comment on how they could've done better. Oh really? You could've done better? You, the cable guy, commenting on how you could've done a better job laying the bathroom tile. Well, he didn't comment on that, but you get the idea.

Anyways - blame the other guy. Then you get paid. Hmmm. Good motto.

So - we are stalled a bit because the mud isn't dry enough to put on the last coat. We didn't have heat for one night which screwed with the drying process. Oh well, more time for other things. Like working on my business and going to the dentist. Which I have to admit, going to the dentist is more fun than drywall mudding. I tried it. No likey. At least with a trip to the dentist you get a bouncing ball or a ring. With mudding you just get dry hands and sore arms.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter Neighbours!

Neighbours can be loud. Neighbours can take revenge. Revenge is sweet.

LL and Cool J