Sunday, April 6, 2008

Timing is Everything

Sometimes things just work out.

Last weekend my wife and son were talking about things that added value and functionality to a home and she said something to the effect of, "I'd love to fix up the laundry/storage side of the basement."

I responded, "Do you know how much is being thrown out for demolition work in my building. Let me see if there are any decent bottom cabinets left anywhere." The building I work for is clearing office space on a number of floors to be converted to hotel space. Sure enough, I found 15 feet of cabinets with counter top. I spent a couple hours after work this week splitting them into individual pieces and all Saturday morning making two trips downtown to pick them up. That's the other thing that worked out nice -- when my son bought a vehicle after graduation last year, he bought a pickup truck and helped moving them home. My other son also helped carry them down in the basement. Now mind you there will be additional paint, drywall and tile involved, but so far the only expense has been gas for the truck.

The area the cabinets were in is being demoed starting tonight. If the conversation originated today, it would have been too late.

Yep. Sometimes things just work out.

Jim

6 comments:

PJ Hoover said...

Things do work out! Aren't you amazed at what gets thrown out sometimes? Even perfectly good dryer drums. :)

Kelly said...

Yeah, Jim!

True, it worked out. But you guys have the skills too.

Kelly said...

(I guess what I'm saying, is that if cabinets came my way, I wouldn't be able to do anything with them!)

HipWriterMama said...

That's very cool, Jim. It's always nice when things work out. Show the after pictures. I need some inspiration...

We took the kitchen cabinets out of our old house to use them to fix up our basement two years ago. They're still sitting in pieces.

Jim D said...

I will post after pictures!

Barrie said...

I know someone who got a bunch of free sod (enough for their front lawn) in a similar way. Very fun! Happy carpentering to you!