Because our progress with some projects is slow, I thought I’d show you what we aren’t doing at the moment.
Garage entrance from yard. Yes, the door is not attached. The previous tenants decided to break off the door before moving. (Thanks!)
Attached shed and side yard. This is the location of the burn barrel, where we found remnants of burned furniture, aeresol cans, melted glass, and presumedly toxic ground, which we've shoveled into buckets and will take to the hazardous waste disposal facility.
Side shed. Note the green shag carpet.
This is the basic condition in which we received it after close of escrow. I wish I had a before picture - before they emptied the contents of the garage into a dumpster. We've since swept most of the floor and cleared the workbench. The carpet is still nailed to the floor.
I'm sure there were some good times in here. (And lots of drugs. Cheap malt liquor.)
Have we mentioned the green shag carpet?
The front doors are attached to these old trolley rails.
We haven't yet cleared the space enough to try to open them.
The other side of the garage is where the rats lived. I don't have a picture because I didn't realize the corner was significant until I noticed that I was sweeping mounds of rat shit. (You're welcome.)
Do you see that floor? No, I mean under the debris? Old-growth redwood. We’re not sure what we’re going to do yet. Tear it down and sell the wood? Lift it up and repair the foundation? The countdown starts now … We have five months to repair or demolish the garage or our homeowners insurance will be canceled. Wish us luck.
Posted by Kim on January 1, 2012