Monday, June 24, 2013
We're starting on the front end and basically gutting that part. There's rot in the walls and floor from a plumbing problem years ago. My guess is a previous idiot owner didn't remember to drain the system before winter hit and a water tank burst. Previous repairs seem to have consisted of lots of duct tape and a few plywood patches. It's been what we refer to as Elmerized (in honor of an acquaintance named Elmer whose idea of a repair was always really, really strange and often potentially dangerous). We have a hunch the bathroom's been Elmerized, too, but we'll worry about that when we get to it. The biggest issue is that wet wood swells, and as a consequence the corners got pushed out a bit -- we need to pull them back in so the seams are tight again and there are no longer gaps big enough to see daylight through.
In any case, we're going to take out the upper bunk, that weird fold-down bed campers have that is always advertised as being the equivalent of a full-size bed but looks like you wouldn't want to ask anyone heavier than a large cat to sleep on, because we don't anticipate ever having guests who would have a use for it. We'll replace it with just an ordinary shelf. We'll do a built-in full-size bed with storage underneath, and we'll put in some decent carpeting. Once it's done, it won't be particularly posh, but staying in it will beat sleeping on an air mattress on our living room floor.