Pretty obvious saying, huh? Its a good thing to think about today, of all days, when good news and bad news were received in the space of one hour. We have to remind ourselves that we can only take things one day at a time, one step at a time.

Our house is looking beautiful. Floors are finished. 5″ white oak – an engineered flooring (!), sanded and 2 coats of a water based finish.  

Its funny, this staircase photo reminds Graceland of an M.C. Escher drawing. Only, his stairs had railings.


Bring on the dragons

March 9, 2010

We are installing a moat around our new house to keep out dragons, bad guys and other unseemly characters. Problem is that the neighbors don’t like it too much. I can’t imagine why.  Honestly, they haven’t complained about the moat per se, but they do get a little cranky when we chop their water line in half just when their mother is in the shower with her hair all lathered up. With the flames and smoke spouting from our neighbor’s head after the water line debacle, we are hoping the moat will keep us safe. Sadly, its not working.

In all seriousness, we have a real headache on (in?) our hands. Graceland spent 2 months getting a permit for a retaining wall around the perimeter of Broken Down House on Fire. After many trips downtown to the 23rd floor of the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) they finally agreed to a permit for a rockery to be constructed. Then, several weeks and many contractors later, Graceland decides to work with a local landscape company whom she has worked with before. More time goes by and the fateful day arrives. Not more than one hour into construction when the chain of phone calls start from the angry neighbor. “No Water! Your landscape guys cut off my water!!” MacGuyver hustles home to quickly, although temporarily, repair the problem. (Enough so Mom can get rinsed off, we suppose…)

Many days and cranky emails later, it turns out the water line was the least of our problems. The sewer line runs right under where the rockery is supposed to go!  It is expensive to move the rockery, IF, and its a big if, DPD will let us do so without many permits and dollars later. It is expensive to move the sewer line, IF, and its a big if, DPD will let us do so without many permits and dollars later. Graceland wants to bail on it all and pile the dirt where it was, plant some ivy and be done.

But now the landscape guy is telling us we are past the point of no return for that bail out solution too.

So there Broken Down House on Fire sits, with a giant excavation hole around it. I think at this point we should fill it with water and alligators, pull up the drawbridge and retreat to our castle complete with moat. What else is a Princess to do? 

We are changing our names

February 10, 2010

To Sven and Helga. Or maybe  BJRIANVIK and GRÄSS… something Swedish, ummm… maybe something with an IKEA ring to it. Suggestions welcome.

You see, we have been spending lots of time at, in, and with IKEA. At Broken Down House on Fire we are using IKEA cabinets for our kitchen, baths and much of our storage. We’ve been putting together items with the names of Nexus, Pax, Lillanger and Godmorgan. And for our date nights out we get excited about $2.99 meatball specials (Tuesday nights, Seattle IKEA only).

And now the fun part of putting it all together. Thank goodness, MacGuyver – uh, I mean Sven, has power tools to replace the IKEA wrench.

I think we area starting to dream in IKEA words….


No glass ceilings here!

January 28, 2010

Just wood ones. Plywood ceilings are in, in the gabled section of the upstairs. Love it!

Where have we been?

January 27, 2010

Things, here, at Broken Down House on Fire blog, have been very quiet lately. Sorry ’bout that.

Here’s a few updates:

Family trip to Costa Rica. Made us wonder why we are building a house in cold, rainy Seattle and not warm, sunny San Jose.

New addition to our family. Meet ‘On the Lamb Ringo Rico Rojo’. Better known as Ringo. He’s a crazy puppy, as all puppies are, but we’re in love (everyone but the feline members of our family) and we think Georgia would approve.

And the house? It is cruising right along. Tile is done in Master Bath and Kids Bath. Waiting for a flooring delivery. Still hashing it out with the City of Seattle regarding a street use permit to construct a retaining wall so our property does not slough off into the street.

More to come so stay tuned!

Date night

January 27, 2010

Some might think Graceland and MacGyver lead exciting, jet setting lives. With our recent family excursion to Costa Rica we could see how that might be a simple assumption. But no, we are really boring and even get excited over a date night filled with cleaning.
Here’s my handsome date. Irresistibile, huh!?!

Happiest of holidays

December 20, 2009

 MacGuyver was feeling especially festive and painted our temporary door bright red and added a wreath!

Can’t wait to be in the new abode. 2 -3 months maybe? Let’s hope so.

We wish you happy holidays from Broken Down House on Fire. Merry Christmas!