What comes to your mind first when you hear the word “zone”?
I’ve been fortunate to receive an increase in consultation requests lately, and consistent among the ever-changing variables during these appointments are the tacked-on projects that typically come up at the end of the meeting or as we’re digging in deep on a particular feature.
“Do you do that?” It’s a question I am asked frequently – often for difficult or where-do-I-start jobs such as brick replacement or chipped floor tile.
I’ll let you in on a secret – I always say yes.
When I was eight, my mother referred to me as being “resourceful” and I will never forget the pride I felt at that moment. As an adult, maintaining this trait has set me apart time and time again – I’ve learned in life and in construction and the places where they intersect that almost nothing is impossible. Most projects can be broken down into small segments and there is almost always someone with experience willing to collaborate or lend a hand when necessary. With few exceptions, there is always a way – it may not be straightforward, inexpensive, or quick – but most things can be done.
Fast forward to the comfort zone – the subject of this post. We’ve all been there – comfy and cozy and downright settled in to a spot in life that feels good – it doesn’t ask much of us, and likely doesn’t give much back in return. It’s a great spot to rest on one’s laurels with a view of the next step, which almost always looks overwhelming, especially in contrast to the comfort zone. After ten years in construction, I’m nestled fairly snugly in my own version of the comfort zone, which includes quoting (with confidence!) and completing (with ease!) jobs such as water penetration fixes, sheetrock/paint repairs, bathroom remodels, flooring, and carpentry. Aspects of construction that I am fairly uncomfortable with include working at heights, anything to do with electricity, and the use of power tools – especially anything with a blade. If you’ve seen me on site, I almost always have a screwdriver and am happy to pass on the drill. I stay off the ladders and scaffolding makes me light-headed. I installed two lightbulbs for the first time IN MY LIFE a few weeks ago and only because the homeowner was watching me do it. Ridiculous. So, in the interest of continuous improvement, I’m going to undertake a project requiring the use of most of my woodworking equipment. I’m going to take this wall:
I’m looking forward to sharing a progress post (with pictures!) or two along the way. These spans of empty walls in production-built homes are fairly common in this area, and I'm looking forward to sharing a solution to fill the space that is less expensive than installing additional cabinetry.
If you have a similar project and would like a consultation, please contact us. If you have a job that falls in the “do you do that?” category, we’re happy to look at those as well. But you already know what the answer will be…
*Photo credit of Houzz