When this house was built in the mid 50’s there was no rhyme or reason to the layout – inside or out. Nothing makes sense in 2016 as it may have in 1956.
Trees and shrubs were planted too close to the house and in random places. There was no thought to the growing process it seems. Those small pine twigs are now stately giants swaying towards the house in every wind. Have you ever checked out the cost of having a tree cut down? Don’t.
Hanging pictures in the house took on the same sequence. H’s mom and dad carried on the tradition of ‘if there is a blank space – hang a picture’. It didn’t matter if that picture didn’t fit in with the decor or not. If it was the right size and shape it was a done deal.
The walls were dotted with tapcon screws, that when removed, left holes the size of a crater. Trying to balance a scheme to leave the least amount of patchwork made my brain hurt at times.
With no electrical outlets in the bathrooms my hairdryer shares a surge protector around the corner with a tv, pencil sharpener, and lamp.
Because there wasn’t the technology with electrical appliances in the 50’s as there is today, my kitchen has only two outlets – one on each side of the room. Not wanting to overload the outlet near the stove we snake the fridge cord around the corner to the living room outlet and no one is the wiser.
Yes, rewiring this house is in our future I’m sure. There’s also not much lighting in this old house. The bedrooms have wall sconces that are useless. Ceiling fans were added no later than the sixties from the look of them. Last weekend H replaced the ceiling fan in our bedroom with a new one sporting a light kit. Now we can see the cobwebs in the corners! Cleaning will be so much easier – when I get around to it…
Then he decided to replace the light in the dining area with a ceiling fan with a light kit so we can actually see what we are eating – when I cook. Hopefully it will also help stir the air in the almost closed in tiny kitchen.
After working for several hours and a day the fan was up and we were ready to check it out. Uh-oh…fan and light worked great, but we had no overhead kitchen light and no juice to the fridge. I’m amazed at how these circuits are all connected. Two more rewiring tricks and we are finally in business.
We are going to run out of all those tricks up our sleeve someday…