We got tired of sharing a bathroom, we were afraid as we grow older that we would trip and break our hips on the stairs leading from the kitchen into the garage and to our backyard; and since the only route from inside the house to our back yard was through the garage, we decided to remodel our 1,200 square foot cottage in Walnut Creek. It seems so long ago.

 

We did it right. We interviewed several architects and design/build companies, had an architect work with us to draw up some plans, and sent the plans out to bid to three contractors. What a shock we got when we heard back from the contractors. Just to open up the kitchen onto a deck in the back yard, which meant doing a big kitchen remodel, would cost us around $100,000. The most expensive house in my neighborhood growing up in Silver Spring cost $100,000! It's six digits! And all three contractors' bids came in at about the same amount.

 

So we decided to paint instead. And punch a hole in the wall between our kitchen and the corner of the living room we call the dining room. You know, it ain't bad for $1,400. It opens up the house to light coming from the East and West sides of the house. Another hole, or arched opening that was part of the house when we moved in, allows light to pass from North to South. I can talk to Michele when she is cooking and she can talk to me when I am preparing leftovers. I can read Michele my favorite passages from the newspaper, and she can watch my face tighten up in concentration when I do the daily Jumble. And when she sees me getting up from the table, she can get a head start to the bathroom.

Views: 30

Comment

You need to be a member of Home Energy Pros to add comments!

Join Home Energy Pros

Home Energy Pros

Home Energy Pros was founded by the developers of Home Energy Saver Pro (sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy,) and brought to you in partnership with Home Energy magazine.

Latest Activity

Hal Skinner replied to Richard Beyer's discussion Media Reports Spray Polyurethane Foam Insulation spontaneously combusted a $5M Connecticut Home... "The Conclusion"
""fire origin had overheated and ignited during the curing process." No attorney…"
5 hours ago
John Nicholas replied to Sean Lintow Sr's discussion Blower Doors & Methods Used in the group Best Practices (Residential)
"Different houses, different problems, different approaches. A multipoint gives you a slope. The…"
14 hours ago
John Nicholas replied to Sean Lintow Sr's discussion Blower Doors & Methods Used in the group Best Practices (Residential)
"Bud,  I pretty much agree with Sean's points.  Given the time it takes to set up the…"
14 hours ago
Bud Poll replied to Sean Lintow Sr's discussion Blower Doors & Methods Used in the group Best Practices (Residential)
"A multi-point will take longer, but what will it do for the home owner?  Will it change the…"
16 hours ago
Sean Lintow Sr replied to Sean Lintow Sr's discussion Blower Doors & Methods Used in the group Best Practices (Residential)
"Hmmm good question - personally for air-leakage I would go with multi-point, preferably run from…"
18 hours ago
Richard Beyer posted a discussion

Media Reports Spray Polyurethane Foam Insulation spontaneously combusted a $5M Connecticut Home... "The Conclusion"

OFFICE OF THE FIRE MARSHAL1212 WHITTEMORE RDMIDDLEBURY, CONNECTICUT Fire Investigation Report –…See More
yesterday
Profile IconDavid Hepinstall and Matthew joined Home Energy Pros
yesterday
Steve Leombruno posted a blog post

Static power energy box

Just wondering if You've heard of this Static power energy box that boasts energy consumption…See More
yesterday

© 2015   Created by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service