Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Bang Bang Bang

So my house has become a construction zone.

In a few short hours a troupe of handy dudes stripped my musty, dusty, cat-hair-ridden basement down to cement and studs.

Is that a sledgehammer?

Suddenly, there was the smell of sawdust, the sounds of rock'n'roll from a radio, and the muted, minimalist conversation that occurs among working men.

Bare bones.

As I tiptoed down there after they'd gone home for the day, I felt like a trespasser in my own house. This is their space, now. Complete with scary tools:

This is some sort of sawing thing - quite sharp.

And I am not afraid to admit that I was delighted to find toolbelts. Real, honest-to-god toolbelts! Dirty, well-worn and full of tools!

Toolbelts fascinate me because female accessories are generally non-functional.
Whereas toolbelts make you batman.

Sure it's loud, and expensive, and there will be lots of work for us to do once my beloved contractor and his group of merry men have left us - but I love this. I love to watch how things go together. I love how we're truly making this house we bought our home. We're making our mark here, and my children will remember the nooks and crannies, textures and scents of this house the way I remember the house of my childhood.

I think we're making it great for them, and that - my friends - that's what it's all about, right?


  1. best part of project is the end results looks like it is taking nice shape can't wait to see progress when we come up this week..

  2. Oh, I envy you, being at that pint in your life. We're still renting, and my husband and I dream of the day we can turn a house into such a special place for our family. He has such big student loans and I'm not earning anything right now, so we wait.

  3. Fabulous! Your little ones will thoroughly enjoy the playroom, I'm sure. :)

  4. I *heart* a man wearing a toolbelt.
    And with a sledge-hammer? Swoon.
    Renos are sexy.

  5. Oh, how exciting! I can't wait to see the end result!

    As a side note, I had myself all fancied up for a big party several weeks back and the girl who did my makeup had a toolbelt-like belt for all of her makeup brushes and other gadgets. I was a little *too* fascinated with it!

  6. I love that you snuck down into your own basement to take pictures of their tools!

    What a great project you have -- and you are right, so special for your family!