Now that the gun safe is gone, I'm finally able to play around with how to layout the kitchen. I had a plan that worked great on paper, but in the actual space, I'm not so sure.
After initial inspections and structural examination of the Downtown Luxury Slum when we bought it, the conclusion was that we didn't need to do any work on the roof. But we were suspicious so we did allocate a fair bit of extra contingency money in case the roof needed work. And that money all got used replacing the back half of our roof, which is a flat rubber roof. After one hurricane season, it became clear that the front roof was not in perfect condition either. But it took us until now to finally bite the bullet and get the historic metal roof replaced.
My newest get-rich-quick plan, renovation ups and downs, cooking with kids, drive-in-restaurants, and a bear glass!
It took nearly 4 hours of work and 2 months of preparation (aka persistently pestering the previous owner/seller) but the 1319 gun safe is finally out of the Mulberry House.
An old house is apt to be damp and out of repair. The back yard should be kept neat and sightly, and should not be made a dumping-ground for rubbish and litter of all sorts. A good veranda is equivalent to another living-room. Every dwelling should have a cellar to contain the heating-apparatus, store fuel, and for comfort's sake.
A sanitary house should be dry, sunny, well ventilated, and properly drained. With regard to the location, a southern exposure is desirable. And ground-air has in important bearing on health.
Get your own dinosaurs, read some great books that take place in North Carolina, redo your kitchen in bold colours, and plan a productive backyard get-together. I've got so many ideas for you. You're welcome.