I have always wondered how difficult it would be to create a photo essay. The last two weeks of renovation adventures in the Okanagan seemed like a fitting subject for me to attempt such a project. So, after a little research and a desire to capture the experience thus far without writing a book, here is my first attempt at a photo essay depicting the beginning of the renovations of our ‘Portuguese Palace.’
Leaving Vancouver Island with a load resembling that of the Clampetts moving to Hollywood.
Disguising myself with the cats eye glasses.
A trip to town to purchase a power saw and back to saw back the Juniper forest so we can get in the driveway.
Hacking back more Juniper to discover the front of the house.
These things are knarly.
There are stairs under there.
After 2 days of non-stop sawing and clipping and hacking we open up some of the view.
The Juniper forest is gone.
The trees must got says the inspector. I agree.
First, we relocate the birdhouses that were on the trees.
We call in the experts to do the job.
Gaining evermore view and light.
Out come the bay windows, in comes the view.
Note the shag carpet. NIce.
Front of the house needs work.
Must work among the chaos to fund the project.
Fine dining sans view.
An array of tools, filler and paint.
Hours of door, hinge and handle remover to ready the cabinets for painting.
Dated brass hinges ready for a makeover.
Cabinet doors after first coat of paint.
Check out the sky-blue, jetted tub. We decide to work with it rather than replace right away.
Carpet removal requires lots of muscle, several loads down the stairs and two trips to the dump.
Demolition and vegetation removal complete, view revealed. Now for the transformation……..