Monday, November 16, 2020

Home renovations = more wine, by J.C. Kavanagh

Voted Best Young Adult Book!

Today, the weather in southern Ontario is dreary, wet and cold. I myself, am feeling sluggish and unwell. I hope it's just a 'cold,' and so I apologize in advance for perhaps being a wee less witty than I like. But please read on while I grab another box of tissue 😟 Despite the illness, there is work to be done and a blog to write!

'Work' right now involves a complete renovation of our basement. We are renovating our walk-out basement to contain a two-bedroom apartment, complete with one full bathroom, living room, foyer and 13'x26' kitchen, to rent out in the Spring. The bedrooms, bathroom and living room are complete. So our project this winter is to design and build a kitchen, install flooring in the foyer and kitchen, cut out a new 'entrance' door, and box in the upper stairs to separate the basement unit. The fun begins.

Lower level apartment has walk-out to terrace

My partner and I are still in the design phase for the kitchen layout, but we do know where to put the new window. It will overlook the terrace and take in the morning sun.

It took us all day to build the frame and support structure. We only had 5 or 6 deliberate misses (!)  with the Skilsaw and hammer so we had to pour ourselves a congratulatory glass of wine at the end of the day.

The window cut out. Behind Ian is our winter firewood. 
All fingers accounted for.

And, the install. Shims can be seen here in place and all that's needed is the foam spray, caulking and screws. 

Exterior and interior trim can be tomorrow's job.

Now I need a glass of wine. 

If you need a break from the world, I would strongly suggest immersing yourself in the dream-world / other-world-reality facing Jayden, Connor, Max and Dick in my award-winning Twisted Climb series. You won't be disappointed.

Stay safe everyone.

J.C. Kavanagh, author of

The Twisted Climb - Darkness Descends (Book 2)
voted BEST Young Adult Book 2018, Critters Readers Poll and Best YA Book FINALIST at The Word Guild, Canada
The Twisted Climb,
voted BEST Young Adult Book 2016, P&E Readers Poll
Novels for teens, young adults and adults young at heart
Twitter @JCKavanagh1 (Author J.C. Kavanagh)


  1. Love the house. Good luck with your renovations. Having redone a 1915 house room by room you are so right that renovation goes with wine. And in our case, takeout fish dinners from the local fishery.

  2. Aha! Love the wine and fish dinner take out! Cuz, you're right,- can't take the Irish out of me 😍


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