Bye Bye Back Hallway/Weird Space.
Bye Bye Home Office room that we never used, but we put random stuff in there & the decorations were hodge podge.
Bye Bye Laundry Room that was also a bathroom, and weird.
bye Bye "White Room" that we used for storage. (we called it the white room b/c the walls were white, and the cabinets in there were white...everything in that room was...white!)
AND HELLO TWO CAR GARAGE!
Okay...our house was built in 1949. It was the first house built in this neighborhood. The builder built it, and then moved in. He then began to build others home around it, and started the neighborhood. The people who owned this house before us bought it in 1951, and lived here until 2004, when we moved in. While they owned the home, they took the 2 car garage & changed it into 3 rooms: the weird laundry/bathroom, the "white room" that we only use for storage, and the home office room that again...we usually only use it for storage. We used to use it as a computer room, but since we got the laptop & wireless internet---we aren't really tied to any one room for computer use.
And, with the addition of Car #2 to the Casa de Lainey-Paney, we felt the space would be better used if converted BACK into the garage. Now, there is some sacrifice here....the laundry room will be no more, and the washer/dryer will be out in the garage. Ok. I can handle that. The weird bathroom that was raaaaaaaarely used will be no more. Not much of a sacrifice for us...except when it comes to resale value; we'll be down one washroom. So what? The hubby has grand plans for the new master bath & walk in closet, which has been an ongoing (read: started, but currently no progress to report) project.
So, the garage...One side at a time. The demo has been done, and the first garage door is up...the tracks are being installed as I type. Good times.
The original wooden garage door was still here...but it's wooden---really heavy. I liked the look of it, but it didn't have the motor. In the event that I ever had to manually raise it, I don't think I could have done it. Plus, we need TWO garage doors, and only one was still here. The other opening has sliding glass doors there for now...(but not for long!) anyway, the new garage door was purchased yesterday at Home Depot...and the motor & tracks, and all-things-garage-door are out there being installed.
Anyway...I am very excited. I have never lived in a house with a garage. I have no idea what it is like to not go out into the rain, load a baby in the car, & not be pissed about the weather. Clearly, I'm expecting this whole garage thing to change my life!