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One of the joys of living in a development property is freedom from serious basis improvement. When the imaginary buyer I am aiming to please owns a back hoe, less than ordinary values apply. The long and happy years on this site have afforded many opportunities to experiment with housekeeping and design strategies that are suited to an enlightened, if I may say so, tenant rather than an ambitious homeowner.
The many rented abodes that preceded the house taught me the value of making the most of what I found in a given place. Even a relatively shabby interior can be made decent simply by detailing the windows, popping dots of misdirected paint off the brightwork, and getting the walls, ceiling, and floor altogether clean. Detail corners and crevices with a brush-nylon janitor’s model for stout work, a natural bristle toothbrush from the health co-op for fragile paintwork.
The other day I tacked the least improved part of the house, a half-basement dug in 1949 and apparently painted only once. The space is not child-friendly, and I use it for projects. All that was necessary to extricate it from Hallowe’en was a quick damp wipe of the bare light bulbs and windows. A carpenter had installed lengths of hanging pegs along the walls, and on them I mounted spare director’s chairs, an extra set of featherweight plastic sawhorses, and a couple of long extension cords.
The floor is now free of stored anything in anticipation of the arrival of warm weather and the storm windows.. A work table adjoins an empty storage cupboard: the vacant shelves offer handy support to the odd project.
On The Day It Gets Warm, we sleep in the basement . Hammock hooks allow me to loaf in glorious leisure.
The basement closely resembles a coffee shop in the basement of a famous Paris hardware store. I showed a picture of that space to a couple of clerks in the go-to Righteous Value outlet on the Ave, and one said they dreamed of having a cafe in the store, menu including heavy labor favorites like gourmet mac and cheese. I hope they get their wish.
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