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My best xmas present - and it was always here

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Gallerinski
Posted 2008-12-30 12:54 AM (#4694)
Subject: My best xmas present - and it was always here
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This is almost too strange to be true. Yesterday/today I just got the best xmas present you could imagine. We've lived in our house for 15 years. Built it new. A few odd angles here and there for effect and I thought I knew every inch of it. But last night I'm watching TV staring at the same damn wall I have for 15 years and it dawned on me, what the hell is wrong with that wall? Or more correctly, what the heck is behind it. The oddest damn thing - turns out one of my walk in closets is only half as big as it should (could) be and there's actually a whole other area under the stairs walled off. It's about 5 feet wide by 10 feet long right under the stairs. About 8 inches high at the end and angled up to 6 feet high where it's walled off. So today I cut down the sheetrock at the end of the existing walk in closet and open up an area that now stores 22 guitar cases. What a find. With over 40 cases currently in the this added storage is an absolute god send. Honestly, it's the best damn thing I could have ever stumbled across and I can't believe it's been there all along.
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Mark in Boise
Posted 2008-12-30 1:02 AM (#4695 - in reply to #4694)
Subject: Re: My best xmas present - and it was always here


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I know we have a couple of those places in the house we built, too, but I don't want to tear out the sheetrock and find out I'm wrong. I'll leave it for the next owner.
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dvd
Posted 2008-12-30 1:13 AM (#4696 - in reply to #4694)
Subject: Re: My best xmas present - and it was always here



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Good thing you didn't find a special visitor in there!
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Mark in Boise
Posted 2008-12-30 10:53 AM (#4697 - in reply to #4694)
Subject: Re: My best xmas present - and it was always here


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When you build a house from a standard set of plans and then SWMBO starts making changes, you get all sorts of oddities. We have 2 small closets that weren't in the plans. We never could figure out why that space occurred. We have a walk in closet that happened because I added on to the garage below it. After reading Dave's post last night, I was thinking about how I should have made that closet a lot bigger and moved all my music stuff up there. There's some potential there, but there are also trusses to consider.
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Beal
Posted 2008-12-30 12:23 PM (#4698 - in reply to #4694)
Subject: Re: My best xmas present - and it was always here



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cases are ALWAYS a pain in the ass.
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Jeff W.
Posted 2008-12-30 1:13 PM (#4699 - in reply to #4694)
Subject: Re: My best xmas present - and it was always here


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I thought you were going to say you found Jimmy Hoffa.
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CanterburyStrings
Posted 2008-12-30 1:42 PM (#4700 - in reply to #4694)
Subject: Re: My best xmas present - and it was always here


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Hmmm...my house is 100 years old and there is a hidden room in the basement. There is an outside window so black and cruddy you can't see in. Then, when you go down the stairs in the middle of the house, there is and inside window, also impossible to see into. The house was built by Dr. Stuart (one of the founders of Hot Springs) and was originally half doctors office, and half of it was a "rest home". Several people have suggested that there might be bodies in there. Someday I'll investigate, but for now, I'll just live with the mystery.
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scooterboy
Posted 2008-12-30 1:55 PM (#4701 - in reply to #4694)
Subject: Re: My best xmas present - and it was always here


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Originally posted by Gallerinski:
It's about 5 feet wide by 10 feet long right under the stairs. About 8 inches high at the end and angled up to 6 feet high where it's walled off. So today I cut down the sheetrock at the end of the existing walk in closet and open up an area that now stores 22 guitar cases.
Nice! And I'm sure you immediately went down to your town offices to let them know of the extra square footage so your property taxes can be raised accordingly, right?

Right? :D
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cliff
Posted 2008-12-30 2:26 PM (#4702 - in reply to #4694)
Subject: Re: My best xmas present - and it was always here


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Not with velcro on the back of the sheetrock, you don't . . . .
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stephent28
Posted 2008-12-30 3:00 PM (#4703 - in reply to #4694)
Subject: Re: My best xmas present - and it was always here



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:D

Brilliant
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MusicMishka
Posted 2008-12-30 3:34 PM (#4704 - in reply to #4694)
Subject: Re: My best xmas present - and it was always here


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Glad for the space Dave, but I was kinda hoping you'd found the 12 string....
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cliff
Posted 2008-12-30 3:51 PM (#4705 - in reply to #4694)
Subject: Re: My best xmas present - and it was always here


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It's a good thing y'didn't uncover the skeletal remains of one of the illegal Mexican guys who did the sheetrock . . .
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Gallerinski
Posted 2008-12-30 3:53 PM (#4706 - in reply to #4694)
Subject: Re: My best xmas present - and it was always here
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Tacate beer cans was all I found.
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