The Joys of Being a Homeowner

by Cait

Occasionally projects we have had planned for a while (such as the living room curtains or the fireplace face lift) have to take the back burner to things that are more pressing.  This is probably not uncommon, but it is disappointing.

Don’t hate us for our floating rug.

So, in order to explain why our library currently looks like this after taking down the Christmas tree, I have to explain that a month or two ago we noticed the ceiling in front of the fireplace had a crack in it.  There had always been a seam there (which probably means there was a roof leak and a patched ceiling in our house’s past, but it’s a fairly old house; what 56 year old house hasn’t had some sort of roof or water damage?), but at some point recently the ceiling started to crack.  Everything went fine with our inspection a year and a half ago (at least in that area, the flat roof over the living room needed a small patch where it joined the porch roof), and up until now we have not had any reason to doubt the fairly-new roof’s soundness.

This is a spot in the ceiling to the right of the fireplace, normally over the PB chair.

Thankfully my parents just had some ceiling work done and they highly recommend the person they hired, so we plan to  have the same guy fix this after having someone else take a look at the roof and in the attic (because there is no point in simply fixing the cosmetic problem with the ceiling if there is a larger roof-related problem).  We would do the work ourselves, except that a) neither one of us is a roofer and b) as I learned by reading Katie Bower’s blog this kind of ceiling takes a certain skill set we aren’t sure we possess (although we did recently see a consumer grade version of the brush required for this type of ceiling at Lowe’s).

The problem/bummer is that we aren’t sure what kind of cost we are looking at with this, so we may be postponing some things we had planned for the house in order to tackle it.  Also, in case the fix ends up being more expensive  than we anticipate (or also because projects sometimes have a tendency to domino-affect; this could potentially lead to the fireplace face lift since they are in the same area, and we have other ceilings that need smoothing, etc) we may be taking on smaller projects that aren’t exactly sexy blog-worthy  (like the first section of our To Do List).

Has anyone else had to postpone projects that are mainly decor-related in order to take care of more structural things?  (I would ask if anyone has had a crack like this before, but I really don’t know if I could handle someone saying “yes and it led to us needing an entirely new roof”.)

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11 Responses to “The Joys of Being a Homeowner”

  1. major bummer!

    knock on wood, but we have a gut rehab, so nothing crazy has happened to us in our particular unit, although building-wide flooding has led to major special assessments, which of course put more EXCITING things (like curtains, rugs, and paint! ha!) on the back burner. NOT fun.

    • I agree with the knocking on wood for sure! Here’s hoping our crack turns out not to be too major, and that you guys continue with your no-major-issues to your unit streak!

  2. Our house “to do” list is constantly being adjusted!
    Luckily we haven’t had any major repairs lately, but the work (even
    the fun stuff) seem to never be done. However, when I sit and look
    around, I am proud of the progress that we’ve made. Home sweet
    home, right?! :)

  3. Ahhh, scary to me only because I just watched a Holmes Inspector last night and he was dealing with cracks like this. Hopefully it’s nothing severe; I’d suggest getting a recommendation from the pro and then trying to open up the ceiling yourself but I’ve never worked with that type of finish before either. Keep us updated! Other stuff may be back burner’d but at least you can get a few interesting home improvement posts out of this “problem”.

    • Thanks Emily! We’ve hoping it’s nothing severe, too! Since the area already looks like it was patched (poorly) once we’re leaning towards having an expert tackle this one but we’ll see!

      And you’re welcome! :)

  4. And much thanks for adding me to your blogroll!!

  5. YES! We have had so many unexpected costs. Dryrot, sewage ejection pump (don’t ask) replacement, water under the house, water pouring out of our hill and it goes on and on. We had a chunk of money set aside for decor and upgrades that quickly got eaten up by repairs. You are definitely not the only ones!


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