Tuesday, November 08, 2005
A Little Something For The Future
This is a section of the wall I am closing to separate my son's "new" room (our old dining room/den) from the living room. The photo was taken after I had framed the opening for closure, but before I added the new drywall.
We have a tradition here, whenever we remodel we leave stuff...messages, goodies, etc. for those future denizens of our home.
This started years ago on my first room remodel. Our bedroom needed a make-over and I pulled up all the puppy and baby stained carpet. The plywood subfloors were sanded clean in preparation for new oak tongue and groove floors.
I called the family in and gave everybody a Sharpie marker and said, "Have at it!"
The 3 kids were little at the time and they looked at me like, " IS HE SERIOUS?" Their little brains were all remembering the accumulated "time outs" they each had earned with unsolicited wall crayoning.
I assured them it was okay and they had a blast. They drew, they wrote. We all got into it and soon the floor was a cave painting of sorts.
Afterward, I lay the oak flooring down and the drawings disappeared until some future date.
When friends come over during a remodel session, they are often invited to sign a board or the back of a piece of paneling.
On the day of the photo, I couldn't resist tucking a few things away for someone...someone probably not on the planet yet.
Inside the wall is a paystub of mine, a note about why I closed off the wall, some change, and a photo of what the wall looked like before any changes were made.
I have something for you Pure Florida regulars too, but that can wait until my film is developed.
Posted by R.Powers at 12:01 AM