Going, Going, Gone

Another exciting day watching the deconstruction of my garage.

Since I’d never used the video on my phone, I didn’t have time to learn how to take a video before the building came down, so all I have are still photos, which is okay. It was fun being in the moment and seeing the rickety old building go down. At first, inch by careful inch.

A fast scurry as the deconstruction workers got out of the way.

And then . . .

I was surprised by how quickly the old concrete foundation was removed — not only was that foundation barely buried, the ground was sodden. (The only place in the entire yard where there was any moisture of any kind.)

I love this stuff!

At one time (and maybe still today for all I know) lonely women of a certain age would frequent doctors to have facelifts and various other surgeries simply for the drama and attention. If I were rich, I’d be one of those women, though it wouldn’t be myself I’d be constantly reconstructing, it would be my house and property — there is something truly satisfying about watching people giving my place a facelift.

Luckily, good sense, a modicum of taste, and a lack of funds will keep me from creating a monstrosity like the Winchester mansion. And just as luckily, there will be plenty of work to be done for some time to come.

The only problem right now is that the “murder house” — the white building behind the tree on the right of the last photo — is in full view. (Supposedly, right before I got here, two drug addicts got in a fight, and one ended up dead.) The new garage, which will be moved to the left of where the old one was won’t do anything to block the infamous view, but planting a good-size tree would do the trick.

And that means more work for the guys to do! Yay!


Pat Bertram is the author of Grief: The Inside Story – A Guide to Surviving the Loss of a Loved One. “Grief: The Inside Story is perfect and that is not hyperbole! It is exactly what folk who are grieving need to read.” –Leesa Healy, RN, GDAS GDAT, Emotional/Mental Health Therapist & Educator.

5 Responses to “Going, Going, Gone”

  1. Phyllis Lutz Says:

    Love watching it also so keep the pictures coming

  2. Sam Sattler Says:

    I enjoyed watching the progress unfold, so thanks for the pictures.

    I’m with you, I love giving our property a “facelift” every so often because everything appears so fresh and new for a while. We just had the tree-crew come out and do its every-other-year thing on the trees around the house, and it looks like a whole new place. One particular Oak has become the centerpiece of our front yard, so we’re doing our best to keep it particularly healthy and sturdy. Like your garage did, losing it would change the whole view from the street.

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      I hope I’ll be able to keep the place looking as nice as I — and my financial situation — deteriorate. I worry that when I’m really I’ll be living in a house that’s falling down around my knees as so many of the elderly do, but for now, I am enjoying the experience of being a homeowner.

  3. Judy Galyon Says:

    So now another phase of the homestead starts! Is that your fence behind where the garage was? What size, etc. will
    the new garage be??? Have fun!

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      There is not fence yet where the garage was since the garage was basically the property line, so they will finish off the fence in the next few days. In the last picture, you can see something that looks like a rebar next to a cinder block. That is my property line. The new garage will go right next to the old one — one wall will go down the middle of the little sidewalk. (Which, as of yesterday, is no longer there.) The garage will be 14X22. It can’t be wider because that’s all the distance available between the sewer line and the gas line. There will be an electronic garage door opening up into the alley, and a regular door facing my house, which is going to be cool. That way I can get to the storage/work area without having to work around my car. It should be fun to see the building go up!

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