Alrighty kids.....gather around. Today I'm going to tell you one of my favorite stories.................
Once upon a time, a young hottie named Danielle and her husband Steve purchased their first home. They were ecstatic about their big purchase and their new neighborhood.
There was just one problem about their new home.....Their home was what people of this era referred to as a a 'fixer-upper.'
And a fixer-upper it was. It came with a smorgasbord of fixer-upper qualities:
- popcorn ceiling
- red walls
- wood paneled walls (not the nice kind...the 70's kind)
- 8' ceilings
- no air conditioning
- tiny bathrooms
- broken windows
- laminate flooring
- and the world's smallest kitchen.
Danielle and Steve knew that they had their work cut out for them. And to make matters worse....Steve was an architect!!!!!!!!!!
Steve's architectural impairment meant that simple modifications were not in the cards. Any change to the house would be severe!
Steve looked at the first floor plan and saw lots of hideous walls. Steve needed a blank slate.
So Steve hired a motley crew of demolition experts and said....."All walls and ceilings must go!"
The demolition crew made swift work of the first floor.
But there was one problem.
One of the walls that the demo crew tackled was a load-bearing wall!!!
Since that wall supported the 2nd level floor joists, a new LVL beam had to installed to pick up the load. Steve was angry that the construction crew installed the beam underneath the joists rather than a flush mount installation. Although the flush mount would have been more work for the construction crew, it would have enabled for a flat ceiling.
And to make matters worse...a duct had to be added adjacent to the beam. This made the beam even wider and more intrusive.
Steve grew even more angry!
Steve already didn't like their 8' ceilings. And now they had this big beam running right across their future kitchen.
One day while moping about the beam, Steve said to Danielle....
"What if we painted the dreaded beam some funky color....so instead of hiding it..we make the beam a feature?"
Danielle said...."ooooh.....what if we painted it yellow."
And a yellow beam it was!
That intrusive beam that once tormented Steve became a celebrated feature of the Ramos Residence.
The yellow beam brightened up the kitchen and provided a welcome contrast to the muted color palette of the home. And the Ramos family was especially delighted when they realized that the KitchenAid mixer that they had received for a wedding gift 2 years earlier was a very similar shade of yellow.
When the Ramos family entertains guests in their home, the first thing their guests notice is that yellow beam. The yellow beam says something about the Ramos family. It says that the Ramos's are bold designers and that they know how to party.
The moral of the story: Don't Hate It...Celebrate It!
Steve Ramos, AIA, LEED AP
P.S. Maybe a more appropriate title would have been, "When life hands you lemons, make lemonade."
Want more on the Ramos Family House Saga?
Start from the beginning with Buying our first house. Part 1