Well, it’s done. The workers from Timeless Barn Company succeeded in making our big room upstairs “amazing”. They’ve cleaned up the mess, packed up their tools, and are on to adventures elsewhere. The only thing left to be done is the flooring, which is yet undecided. Rob has expressly, explicitly FORBIDDEN me to move even ONE STICK of furniture into the room until AFTER the flooring is done. Otherwise (we both know this is true) we will settle in comfortably and will still be looking at OSB subfloor disgracing this beautiful room for years to come…
Though I am longing to show you a bazillion pictures of the amazingness of the (almost) finished project, I am instead stuck on the wreckage that is the aftermath. Probably “normal” people, when tackling a project of this magnitude, would rent a big roll-off dumpster to contain and dispose of the scraps and trash produced during the construction project. Upon completion, a big truck would come and take it away, and the “normal” home owners would pull up a comfy chair, grab a beer, and enjoy the fruition of the project completed, sans aftermath.
Not us. Since we heat with a wood burning fireplace insert, small wood scraps are perfect for starting and/or reviving a fire, so are worth hanging onto. A few handfuls of dry wood scraps, strategically placed with just two fire starter packets will produce a nice hot fire in a jiffy, withOUT messing with grungy newspaper and trying to split kindling sticks off of the fire logs. As the household record-holder for failed fires, I covet anything that makes this task easier.
I had good intentions when I proudly presented the workers with a generous sized cardboard box and a couple empty horse feed sacks on the first day of work. I requested they place the wood scraps in the box and the trash/sawdust in the sacks. To say this didn’t go as planned would be a massive understatement. My measly box and handful of sacks was a laughable solution to containing the enormous volume of scraps and sawdust produced each day. For. Three. Weeks. This big amount of scraps was not the result of waste of materials, but because of the huge number of angles and corners that needed to be cut, trimmed and carefully fitted.
As we hauled down bag after bag and box after box – most so heavy I could barely lift, I feared that at the end of the project there would be a bit of overwhelm, and I was right. I suspect the builders thought we were a little nuts as our large and relatively tidy garage quickly filled with all this leftover wood. We joined the ranks of the people we’d previously criticized for having nice big garages, with expensive cars and trucks sitting outside in the weather – because the garages are crammed full of worthless crap.
No rest for the weary… so, now our big room project, even though it is almost done, has given birth to ANOTHER project – what to do with all these nifty scraps. We have a couple likely applications – the most sensible being a smallish foyer sort of zone that connects the garage and the kitchen, and also leads to a small deck that faces the pond. We purposely left this project for last, as this room houses the electrical panel box, as well as a multitude of plumbing routes – both water lines and drains. If anybody had any bright ideas for alterations that require modifications to wiring or plumbing in other rooms – having access to this part of the bowels of the house would make things much easier.
It is the first room anyone sees when they walk in. And it is still clad in plaster, lath, 2×4 studs, insulation, and plastic. We have a rustic, cathedral-like wonderland upstairs, and crappy plastic walls downstairs.
So – in my fantasy world: the perfect idea arrives – one that will utilize a big portion of these cool wood scraps we’ve hoarded, thus clearing the garage, HoofPrints warehouse, AND finishing the house once and for all. Hey, a girl can dream…
If John Lopez can build this out of scrap iron:
And Heather Jansch can make this out of driftwood:
And Helen Godfrey can make this out of chicken wire:
And Cal Lane can do this with an old wheelbarrow:
Then, maybe the Keeslings can take the piles of scrap wood that have overtaken every available corner and use them to make this a creative and rustic space:
Want to see what happens next?
Fun on the Farm Part 1 is here
The Epic Mess of Fixing the Fireplace is here
Tearing Down an Old Barn to Repurpose the Timbers in the house is here
The adventure of utilizing the first few timbers as a Fireplace Mantle is here
Utilizing more timbers in a big room upstairs – Of Trials and Strong Backs is here
No One Will Ever See It – an Adventure In Remodeling is here
Sometimes you have to look back… at scary pictures here
More looking back… Scary pictures, recycling and repurposing here