5.18.2010

A House Is Never Done...





Yes, my posts have been few and far between. Yes, I've been busy building for clients. And yes, I'll be sure to get some photos of some current projects up soon. But, a few things have been consuming my time these days. Namely, Bethany (credit goes to her for the pics in this post) and I purchased a house in Des Moines in March. For the last couple of months, it's been a whirlwind of painting, plumbing, carpentry, masonry, electrical, more carpentry, MORE painting, bleeding, sweating, shivering, frustration, glee, demolition, flooring and some more painting just for good measure. Homeowners, you know what I'm talking about.

It never ends.

Especially today.

As we found out on Sunday, a queen size mattress was not going to fit up our existing stair structure due to a restrictive balustrade. I was damn determined to get that box spring up to the second floor today. That's where the demolition came in. I don't have any "before" pictures other than the old white oak balusters and railing that first lived there when the house was built. I guess frustration gave way to demolition at this point. Needless to say, I'll be fabricating a new detachable railing system in the very near future...

Additionally, I've taken a job as a line cook here in Des Moines at a place called Alba Restaurant in the East Village of downtown Des Moines. It's proved both challenging and rewarding all at the same time. It's creating and building on an entirely different level of food service I've yet to experience. Needless to say, I'm learning so much everyday...

Keep the inquiries and jobs coming...I'll be posting some of the work I've done for Daniel Hyland Interior Design in the coming weeks. He's become a dear, dear friend and a inspirational interior designer Des Moines sorely needs. Please check out his site and tell him I sent you. (He works both coasts and everywhere in between.)

So, until then, I'm gonna finishing drinking this beer, shower and hit the hay...

4 comments:

Shocker said...

I'm excited to come see your house. I expect some BBQ waiting for me when that day comes. BBQ MEAT!

Gabriel E said...

I'll trade you, you can do my wallpaper stripping while I do your hardwood floor.

Ryan O'Rourke said...

Three plungers, huh? Eesh.

Boonie said...

O'Rourke- I justify three plungers for the visits that we'll concurrently house you AND Swanson...