Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Attic of Awesome Update: What We're Living In

My house is scarred. Sounds dramatic, but I don't know how else to describe it.

When the inspector came the first time, he instructed us to add a few more supporting posts in order to hold up the attic floor joists. We did that, a job that involved cutting into our walls and nailing in some two by fours, and called him back, at which point, he happily gave us a pass. But, of course, with so much else going on in our house - finishing up the basement for our new tenants, and a mile-long to-do list for the attic renovation itself - we haven't got around to patching those holes. And, I expect, we won't get a chance to do so for a good long while.

This really wouldn't be so bad if these scars weren't right in the middle of our living space.


Sure, we try to distract the eye with a bit of artwork over it. I don't know. Is it working?


This scar is a little more difficult to avoid, considering it runs right down the middle of our house. This is where the wall used to be. There are still holes in the floor. Sometimes the dogs lose toys down there. We have to be careful when we sit at the table, to not slide the chairs around too much and lose a chair leg down the crack.

And then, there's this scar: 


 No, this one's not reno-related. This is puppy related. This is the remains of our old couch in all its torn apart glory. Before the dogs moved on to the arms, I tried to salvage another year or so out of it by picking up some nice big cushions for the back, and it kind of worked:


But, inevitably, by the end of the day, the big pillows would be smooshed down into the cavity of the couch or thrown on the ground, and my living room would be back to looking scarred and messy.

We're renting a dumpster for a variety of renovation related detritus and I am actually excited to say that this couch will finally be going with it. We'll be back down to one couch in our living room, but fall is coming and with it, cooler temperatures. We won't mind snuggling close while watching TV, right?

The dogs have made me nervous about buying another couch though. I keep reminding myself that Kingsley has only just hit a year - his best years are yet to come! The chewing has already slowed down significantly and one day, we will be able to trust both of them with a beautiful, brand new couch.

I'm just not sure when that will be. 

9 comments:

  1. That's one thing that worries me about getting a puppy - them eating our furniture!

    I like how you put the artwork over the opening. ;)

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  2. It is definitely something you need to consider, especially if you leave them home alone for a significant period of time, as we do! Lots of people get around the issue by crate training, which we did for the first 6 months or so with Kingsley. After that, we got around the whole issue by not actually caring that much about our furniture! And, things are always better when the pups get lots of walks and have lots of engaging chew toys to keep them distracted. Also, when you're picking your puppy, keep in mind that some breeds are just more prone to this type of behaviour than others!

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  3. I like the artwork over the opening - it's very industrial chic! ;)

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  4. I think you need to hang that artwork vertically to really cover it up. Do ever what the Simpsons where they build a house and there is a "load bearing poster" tacked on the wall? hahaha http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRVExJZKIT8

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  5. I think it might be time for something like this with some cute cushions: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/20201682/

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  6. That's really not a bad idea! We might bring in our poang chairs, which have been living on the porch, or resurrect the two club chairs I have that we've been storing in the attic. Or, we really might just live with one couch... we did it for our first year here in the city - I think we can do it again for a while!

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  7. Ha! That was hilarious! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. I think the idea of a chair with no cushions is an excellent idea. What about taking it one step further and buying some of those plastic "adirondack" chairs. You can use them when you have company and stack them and hide them when it's just the 2 (or 5) of you.

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