Do you love DIY shows best when the woman of the house grabs the tools and nails it? Watch as hilarity and humility ensue as two East Vancouver lesbians grapple with the real time renovation of an 80 year old house, with no handyman in sight.
LL and Cool J are Lez Renovate
We are the co-conspirators, 'talent', and tech team behind the Lez Renovate project - biweekly webisodes, blog, and of course project and repair after project and repair. For Christmas 2009, we got ourselves a 1929 bungalow in Vancouver's Hastings Sunrise area. She's 770 square feet, with a ground-level 2 bedroom suite and the top story suite where we live. Check out our first reality-check video, when we first walked into our little Georgia Cottage since viewing it and making an offer one bright autumn day.
We've built Lez Renovate and our DIY know-how project by project. At first, we just wanted to put some humour into the hard work of learning how to gut a basement suite, frame, build a pony wall, insulate basement walls and ceilings, install drywall, renovate and tile a bathroom, customize cabinets from craigslist to fit a small kitchen, install a bathroom fan and range hood, rewire a GFCI outlet... etc etc etc for 6 months. With no handywoman experience to speak of and only some tips and tools from our Dads and neighbours, we did most of the work ourselves. Our budget is constantly stretched as thin as our patience. We make countless trips to lumberyards late at night and early morning, bring our tools to dismantle supplies found on craigslist to stuff them into our hatchback, and rely on YouTube how-to videos and phone calls to friends and family to learn how to do-it-ourselves. Many thanks to the professional contractor, electrical contractor, plumber, and drywall guy who we hired when we needed and let us hang out and work along with them to learn what we could for future DIY projects.
Who are these Lez Renovators?
LL is Laura Lee Schultz. By night (and on weekends), LL renovates and produces Lez Renovate's video webisodes. By day, she is a composer providing original music composition, creative sound design and audio production solutions for the advertising, broadcast, web, Film/TV, multimedia and gaming industries. http://lauraleeschultz.com/. Lez Renovate benefits from LL's attention to finishing details and precise measurements.
CoolJ is Jacqueline Gullion, corporate hack by day, feminist activist by night, renovator on the weekends. She loves working with the lads at the software company to exchange DIY tips, tools, and horror stories every Monday morning. CoolJ's favorite tool is the reciprocating saw (sawzall).
Lez Renovate Buzz
Of course we love to spread the word about all things lez + renovate!
Renover une maison vielle en maison verte!
April 2011 television feature by Radio Canada
CoolJ breaks out her franglais to talk about our green renovations, high efficiency furnace, and the Canadian federal government Eco Retrofit rebate program.
A Smarter Way to Help you Pay for Greening Your Home
March 2011 Lez Renovate featured in an article on government strategies to assist home owners to improve the energy efficiency of older homes.
Since our Happy Easter Neighbours (2010) video went microviral, we launch biweekly broadcast of our series to thousands of lesbians, dykes, queer, and curious women via this popular online lesbian communities.