We love this kind of work and renovation for rent seemed the perfect solution. Before we could even figure out a way to advertise this desire the opportunity presented itself just as we were returning to Texas. We jumped at the chance and are SO thankful. The concept of renovation for rent was recently dubbed "rentovating" by a friend, and that's what we're doing now.
There wasn't one. Geoff, better known in this case as Handyman Hubby, basically took care of this project with little to no help from me. I wasn't too put out.
First step called for relocating the hot water heater from its kitchen nook to a hallway coat closet. Not only was it relocated, but we ended up replacing it with a larger unit along the way.
Here's the thing about getting rid of an old water heater - when the corrosion at the bottom blocks the drain valve things get a little more complicated. But Geoff and my dad (who was graciously recruited because I did NOT want to carry the thing) finally got it to cooperate. It was off to the curb for the good ole appliance where it was promptly hauled off by a grateful passer-by.
This was exciting.
For the first time in over a year and a half we did laundry IN OUR VERY OWN HOME! That's right. No washing in the sink, hauling to town, running to another building or someone's house. We washed AND dried our clothes in the same place we live. It is so much fun. I will never undervalue the convenience of a washer/dryer again as discussed in a previous post from Ecuador.
Now we're working on the two biggest projects of any home renovation; kitchen and bathroom.
New countertops and refinished cabinetry up next. These old houses are always fun to renovate, you never what kind of fun layers of wallpaper, paint, laminate, etc. you'll find in the demo and this project hasn't let us down.
We're having so much fun working on these projects and are grateful for this very hands-on work; it's great culture-shock therapy. More updates on our rentovation to come.