70 Days In- Patience Is Still A Virtue

As I wrote on March 1st in "15 Days Are Up. Are We Tenants Or Not" the owner of the mobile home park here has been fighting us all the way as to whether we may live in our mobile home or not. As of March 2nd, the answer was still "No". So we have gone back and forth now a couple of times, me submitting more information, him not accepting it, etc. I handed him my last attempt on Friday I believe, so I am currently waiting for his next move. It is actually eerie as to how polite he's been each time I have handed him a rebuttal compared to how irate and condescending he was when we first got here. Of course I'm sure one reason is because he has the final say regardless of how much information I submit, but at the same time I'm submitting it to his lawyers, so hopefully that may pull some weight, at least to what he can do legally.

In the meantime, we are continuing to repair and replace inside the mobile home. After all the rainy weather we had and the bad storms, the original cupboards which are really nothing more than press-board are not considered very sturdy. My girlfriend down the road knows a handyman that we just happened to run into at the grocery store. He mentioned he was doing a kitchen remodel for some folks and they were getting rid of everything in the kitchen, including the gas range, refrigerator, and dishwasher. I got so excited! I thought "This is it!" LOL. Silly me. Nothing is ever that easy.

I wasn't really interested in the cabinets, as we already basically had some even if they weren't the best, but I was definitely interested in ending my quest for appliances.

Of course it turned out to be exactly the opposite. When I went to look at everything prior to it being taken apart, I have to say I was a little disappointed to say the least. The gas stove looked halfway decent, but the broiler didn't work and all the burners needed new igniters to light. Needless to say it required a lot of work so I decided to pass. After all, a new one wouldn't be that much more expensive by the time we put all the repairs into this one. The dishwasher turned out to be a bust also. It obviously was leaking under it and had ruined the flooring, not to mention the knobs were gone, and it was just plain ugly. Tom didn't really want to give up the cupboard space for a dishwasher anyhow. This didn't help my case any.

Our Newer Cupboards
What we did end up with was a microwave that goes over the range, so the hood is already built in, and more cupboards. Tom's son was telling me that I might want to reconsider as the microwave is old and will draw a lot of energy, plus it's extremely heavy with not really any way to brace it. Scott also said the inside of it was a mess even tho the people said they only used it to heat coffee. So that is still kind of up in the air as to what we are going to do with it. I think we also scored an upright freezer, but I haven't seen it yet. The Mr. says they don't use it, so as soon as he cleans out the stuff that's in it we can have it. I'm thinking if they "don't use it" there can't be much to "clean out" right?

As you can see from the picture above of the old kitchen the cupboards are coming from, the cupboards don't go all the way to the ceiling. Besides being able to put stuff on top of them, there is a "few years" of dust and grease built up there. Of course while they were hanging, I never thought about that. I did notice how badly they needed cleaning on the front. Most cupboards have residue, etc from people's hands opening and closing them, etc. Trust me, these were no exception.

Tom's Wood Magic
We brought the first batch home after they had been taken out of the old kitchen and Tom went to work on them with some Murphy's Wood Soap and a little magic crayon he has. The difference in how they look is phenomenal! The boys were teasing about how I better not put a picture up of how the cupboards look now or the people we got them from may want them back. LOL. (They're getting new cupboards from Ikea).This picture really doesn't do them justice because the light was poor, but I'll put up a better picture later when there is more to see.

It took a couple of weeks from the handyman saying he was doing the kitchen remodel to us finally getting some cupboards, but I think it was well worth the wait. These are just beautiful, and they are real wood opposed to the ones we originally were going to put up. The grain in the wood comes out so nicely.

If you are going to remodel the way we are having to remodel, on a "less than" shoestring budget where the purse strings are already pulled way too tightly, it helps to see not only "what is" but "what is possible". A little elbow grease and these cupboards are as nice as anything I would go out and buy, but you have to be willing to wait for the right stuff to come along. Patience and vision are necessary and still a virtue, just like they say.

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15 Days Are up. Are We Tenants Or Not? Life Rebuilding.

Well it's March 1st and we're still working away here at the mobile home. As I mentioned before in the post on February 13th, the park owner has been fighting us the whole way, though things have been very quiet lately. I had to get my lawyer involved (another expense) and he worked out a compromise with the park owner's lawyers just to get us an application for tenancy. We met the park owner's pre-conditions and I turned the application into the park manager on Feb. 11th. He's supposed to have 15 days for processing. I expected him to use all 15 days, but now it's past that and I don't have an approval or denial. I'm hoping he loses by default, but have a call into my lawyer to find out. In the meantime...
Old Bathroom Set up

New Medicine Chest
The same lady I told you about on Day 13 that was one of the first to help us with some stuff from the remodeling of her house, also had a medicine chest that I bought from her. She gave me a really good price and I just fell in love with it. It works perfect color-wise in our bathroom and it's wood instead of one of those (ugly) metal ones. You know how I mentioned about "cheap labor"? It hits me where I live. LOL. No, that is not a design around the new medicine chest. That is where Tom disliked the rock that the Perp had put on the wall so much, that he pulled it off. When he saw the look of horror on my face, he said "That idiot didn't have a wall or anything behind the rock. I'll figure out something to go around it. Don't worry." Honey, I am looking at insulation of the mobile there. Oh well...LOL.

He totally redeemed himself with this one though. I now have my kitchen floor. Yeah! And it looks so pretty!  We went from this:                                                                                
                                                                                                to this:

Before Laminate
After Laminate..

Not bad aye? Thanks to Tom and our wonderful flooring guy, Bay Area Flooring Broker.

Look here. There's a little bit of the wall so you can see the color, and then see that baseboard? That's not cheap rubber or plastic, Baby. That's a nice wood base. Pretty cool! I thought about sleeping on this floor I was so happy!

Colors Coming Together
 Just for kicks, here's a picture of the "Sidewalk Superintendent".  
Bear At Work

 If anyone is remodeling in the San Francisco South Bay or Santa Cruz County area and wanting to get rid of the old stuff, we are still looking for:

  • A gas, free standing oven and range, and possibly range hood
  • Cupboards (we have cupboards, but not enough. If you have some like these or you have enough to do the whole kitchen in something else, that would be terrific!)
Scott, Tom's son is fixing the gas and water lines as we speak, so, till the next step...             

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