Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Happy Holidays from Lez Renovate

Well hello there. Nice to see you. How have you been? What have you been doing? I bet that you have been preparing for the holiday season. So have we. And we have also been trying to get this gosh darn bathroom done! But, we are taking a break so we can enjoy the festivities! Here is a little video with us in cute Christmas sweaters.

So we hope you have a fabulous holiday and a fantastic New Year. We'll be back in 2012 to bring you more renovation mayhem, laughter and general wackiness!

LL and Cool J

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Happy Birthday Lez Renovate!

On Dec 13, 2009, just 2 weeks after I (CoolJ) was laid off from my highish-paying high-tech job that financed the whole operation, we took possession of Georgia Cottage.

Luckily, that was also the day that I got the offer from my current highish-paying corporate job. 

You can imagine that the blood sweat and tears of Lez Renovate started with a fair amount of sweat.

We came right over to the house that evening, and were filled with a thrilling combination of emotions. Mostly fear. Remember the first day we came to the house?

The place was filthy, cold, slanty, and small. And pricey. Ah well. Now it is not as filthy, warm and cozy, still small, still slanty. And still pricey!

Two years in, Georgia Cottage and Lez Renovate have grown a lot.In season 1, we built a basement suite as a mortgage helper (let's face it, this is a necessity of life in Vancouver), and really got to know our charming neighbourhood. 

We were so grateful to family and friends who pitched in, and loved the hired tradesfolk who provided both great assistance and painful reality checks. And needed to be paid in cash or cheque. We learned a lot, spent a lot, and acquired a substantial collection of tools.  Our big reveal in the season 1 finale, Extreme Homo Makeover, made the pain of countless hours and lost weekends fade (somewhat) into memory.

Through Season 2, we putzed around with little projects here and there - first hoping to build a rock&roll jam space under our porch, then procrastinating undertaking the inevitable horror show of renovating a rotting bathroom by lounging about on our porch.

Finally, Season 3 Bathroom Guts and Glory is wrapping production. The bathroom project has taken exactly 6 months so far, and will be finished "soon". We lived through 3 weeks without a shower, a week flushing the toilet with a bucket, and months of dust, angst, and paint.  You who are following along online are living in our past and the videos will catch up soon. If you want to have some real holiday fun, you can book a live tour to see a behind the scenes glimpse. book early. Karaoke Wrap party to be held Dec 31, so fans can sing along to such hits as "Metal Mortar Minute" and "Pony Wall"

We hope that Santa will send us the roofer elf to cut the hole for our exhaust fan, and maybe another crew of elves to do the paint touchups, and then we will start the new year with a complete bathroom. Just in time to plan the next project! Who wants to guess what next??

Happy birthday lez renovate!  Maybe if we're lucky, Homes on Holmes will jump out of the birthday cake!

How about you, loyal fans? What have you managed to do with your lives in the last 2 years that we've spent dashing through the drywall dust? Probably some have had babies, completed advanced university degrees, taken wonderful vacations. And some of you, like us, have been wearing work clothes & scouring Craigslist for gently used plumbing fixtures...