Home Improvement

Tonight we’re putting the finishing touches on a little basement renovation.  One of the projects on our indefinite to do list after buying this house in March 2007 was to replace the carpet and paint in the finished portion of the basement.  Last Saturday, Allison woke up and decided that it was time to get it done.

Here is one of the biggest differences between Allison and me – going back to our childhoods.  Her father is a carpenter.  He literally built the house that she grew up in.  The house is still in immaculate condition.  He is always doing things to tweak and improve the condition of the house.  My family, in contrast, rarely did any home improvement projects.  We moved into the house my parents still inhabit in 1988.  All of the original fixtures, paint, wallpaper, and (for the most part) appliances remain entact.  With the exception of putting up some walls in the basement, I don’t recall doing a lot of “family projects” around the house.

** Disclaimer Alert **  This is not a value statement…neither household was “right” or “wrong” in how they did this.  Just illustrating the differences in the Kleckner and Ullestad homes.

Fast forward to this week.  Allison is very ambitious and skilled when it comes to home improvement projects.  I am apathetic, disinterested, and largely unskilled.  I’m learning…she remains patient with me.  All is to say, the basement looks great.  The old office was turned into a Toy Room, with a fresh coat of paint and new carpet.  The large “hang out” room has become 1/2 office / homework area and 1/2 family room.  I’m thrilled with how it all turned out.

Here are some pictures:

Hanging out in the Family Room

Hanging out in the Family Room

Tree in the Toy Room

Tree in the Toy Room


One Response to Home Improvement

  1. Matthew Armstrong says:

    I’m with Allison on this one…. home improvement is a way of keeping the environment in which we live fresh and productive and, ultimately, reflects our sense of personal discipline and creativity…. cleanliness is next to godliness!… So, Mr. Ullestad, listen to your lovely wife and make friends with your power tools!
    Love ya, buddy!

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