Frugality

Budget Basement Reno Rundown!

Woohoo! I am proud to report that my basement renovation is finally, totally, completely, almost done. There are just a couple of minor repairs (shaving off a door that can't clear the new, plushy, cushy, awesome carpet and repairing a leaky toilet) and then hanging some pictures on the walls when my photo prints arrive in the mail. I am even prouder to report that it came in ... over time and over budget! Not a surprise, but thankfully the overruns were not too extreme. (more…)

By Cheddar Pie, ago
Frugality

Basement-in-Progress Update

I have been working my butt off recently on my mini basement renovation. So far, so good, but like many projects there are more moving pieces than I had included in my initial budget-and-agenda list. I suspect I may end up over my budgetary goal of $4,000, but I’m feeling confident Read more…

By Cheddar Pie, ago
Frugality

A Short-Term Rental Experiment

Three years ago I moved to Seattle and bought a house. For someone accustomed to tiny New York City studios and one-bedroom apartments, it’s HUGE — three bedrooms plus a separate two-bedroom basement apartment. (By normal standards, it’s normal — your typical Seattle 1902 pre-craftsman.) I immediately rented one of Read more…

By Cheddar Pie, ago