Let’s get real

It’s been a little quiet around here because real life has taken over. Lately that means we’re funding repairs and replacements. Welcome to the un-glamorous part of home ownership.


First up: The basement is leaking AGAIN? Le sigh. Apparently the repair near the stairs didn’t do the job. In the midst of ALL the rain (seriously, can we share some of this with California?) we were left with a veritable waterfall.

The original repair came with a warranty. A few phone calls and the crew was back out for a one-day repair. So far, so good.


About the same time, we also noticed some water on the floor of the awesome bathroom. The very first thing we addressed when we bought the building was patching a seam in the roof. We thought that fix would last for a few more years, but our patch needed a patch.

Thankfully this was a relatively inexpensive and quick fix. But we’ve moved “replace the roof” up the list of renovations. Let the saving commence.


And because bad things come in threes, one of our air conditioners bit the dust. In case you’re not creepily tracking our HVAC situation, the firehouse is zoned in quadrants. That means 4 air conditioners and 4 furnaces. It’s a great set up because we can cool or heat the area we are using and dial back the other sections. It also helps keep our utilities in check. The downside is that we have FOUR systems to maintain and ultimately replace. A large chunk of Aaron’s time over the last week has been shuttling HVAC companies through the firehouse to get quotes. We have a solution that we are happy with and a company we’re excited to be working with… well, as excited as we can be considering what this costs. If all goes smoothly, we’ll have cool air pumping through our kitchen next week! I’ll share all of the details once the job is done.

In in the meantime, we’ll be hanging out in the cooler areas of the firehouse and celebrating America’s birthday. I hope you have a cool and safe holiday that is free of major home repairs!

  1. Ugh, I don’t miss that part of home ownership. At least you’re not waiting on someone else to deal with the issues, though. In the meantime, I’ll keep putting out the bucket when it rains…

  2. Ewwwww… That is no fun. Hope water diversion try #2 works!

    Also – having dealt with HVAC a lot, that is definitely a curse and a blessing having all those A/C & furnace units…

  3. Any of those things sound rough and then to have them all happen at the same time is super stinky. Hang in there, your home is so unique and amazing. Cheers – CT

  4. Can you email me the contractor that you used for your weeping session?

    1. Yep! I just did 🙂

  5. […] A few weeks ago, I mentioned that one of our air conditioners bit the dust. […]

  6. Sympathies. We’ve had to do some of that type of stuff on our fixer upper, too. We discovered that our a/c duct work wasn’t run correctly to cool the upper area (side to side split). So David and his a/c friend had to go up in the hot attic to re-run the duct work. It was a tedious, unpleasant project, but we’re glad we did it. Those system repairs are just so boring compared to actual remodeling!

    1. Exactly. These are tedious repairs, but ultimately so worth it!

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