So our plan to be in the house by Dec. 1 was a bit … optimistic.
Nope, despite our T-15 days post, it is Dec. 5 and we are still ensconced in temporary housing. On the positive side, we got the heat fixed so now we aren’t freezing to death. During the last cold snap, it was actually warmer in Matilda than it was in our apartment. (Scary.) At $750/week for the temporary place, we decided heat was an imperative. (And, yes, we know that the rent is mindblowingly high for Detroit. When we moved in, we thought it would be more temporary — like a few weeks — and it was the only option we found that allowed all of our dogs and cats.)
But the delay allowed Karl and I to head to Brooklyn for the holidays rather than moving into the house over Thanksgiving. We had such a wonderful visit with friends and family.
We did, however, realized quite quickly that we’ve already morphed into Detroiters. First sign: We were standing in the park behind the Ikea in Red Hook where we noticed about 200 metal carts standing there, not chained up or anything. We looked at each other and realized we were thinking the exact same thing: How have these not been scrapped? There’s a scrap-metal facility less than a half-mile away… you could just push them there.
I mean that with no disrespect for my new home. After all, we’re paying the very hefty price to rebuild a house that was cleared out by scrappers, so we can joke about it.
On the good news front, Matilda has lights! It’s like magic: You flip a switch and everything illuminates. We’ve had electricity for a while, but the lights and switches weren’t installed, so everything was lit by construction lamps.
That bathroom tile is almost done and the floors are also being sanded this very week. We’ve even picked out our floor stain, which the contractor is custom mixing for me because, well, I’ve been know to be particular. By Sunday, we could have finished hardwood floors!
And that, my friends, means something so very, very exciting: a kitchen! A kitchen is coming next week!
All The Things are happening. All The Things!
So now we are hoping for a Jan. 1 move in. Fingers crossed.