My Office, usually known as The New Man Cave, is located on the southeast end of the basement. When my father died the space was uninhabitable, piled high with decades of tools, detritus, trash and who knows what. My mother had some men some and clear most of it out, taking what they wanted. In the process they left a usable space. Since I’ve learned that I can’t get anything done as a writer or an historian without a dedicated office space and the Woman I Love wanted a space of her own where my Old Man Cave was located I decided to relocate.
I’ve posted pics of it before on facebook which usually draws positive comments. Of course, the thing is I have had a photography class or two and I knew exactly what to avoid taking pictures of.
Notably, the West Wall.
The West Wall separated the south end of the basement into a space which was going to be my bedroom and my father’s workshop. We won’t get into why that didn’t work out here but the long story is that the West Wall remained in place which was then converted in a crude fashion into the shelving I’m dismantling in the above photograph. This task took most of a Saturday afternoon. Crude though it may have been, it did inspire me to follow a page out of my father’s playbook which was to recycle what I had on hand.
What follows next did not cost me a single penny.
Particle board had been used as the base for the shelves. Screws had been driven into the two by four supports to create the makeshift storage. I kept the screws and the particle board which had to have five inches cut off in order to fit flush with the wall. Once that was done, I simply screwed the boards back into place using a battery powered Ryobi drill. The sawing was accomplished using a Ryobi power saw. These were the few power tools of my father’s which were deemed salvageable.
It certainly wouldn’t make an episode of small, unique spaces on SpacesTV but it is much better than what I had before.
Over time I plan on making additional changes. As they happen, I’ll post an update.