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I Found An Awesome New Way To Store My Basses

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Bryan R. Tyler, Dec 16, 2005.

  1. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    I bought a house to store them in :D
    A few of you guys knew that we've been trying to get our first house for a long time now. My wife and I actually got it almost two months ago now, but we've been renovating it so much I've barely had time to pick up a bass.

    Let me start by saying I NEVER WANT TO BUY A HOUSE AGAIN....or at least go through the whole mortgage process again. It was hell...it took us three or four months, countless faxes, ungodly amounts of phone time dealing with backpedaling loan officers....I'm surprised they didn't have us give urine samples. But it's done now and we're very happy, after having to live with relatives (and with no access to most of our stuff) for two years in order to save up for our down payment.

    The cool (and weird) thing about the house is that it's the house I grew up in. My parents bought it a year before I was born, sold it to my uncle in 2000 (I had moved out in 1997), and now we bought it from him. So to say I know every part of the house and the neighborhood is an understatement. It's a little smaller than we wanted (the real estate market in Connecticut is hell-houses are expensive and all the good ones sell immediately), but it's still a good size on a dead-end street, with a nice yard that abutts a big set of woods. There's also an attached floridaroom that we're using for storage.

    ut 2/3rds of the basement is finished, which is now my art/music studio, and the other part of the basement is now my workshop, so I finally had a good excuse to get all the fancy tools I've wanted :D The room's actually a lot bigger than the pics show...it's got an area to store most of my paintings and a bathroom in it as well. It's really nice to be able to be able to move around whilst playing without fear of hitting a wall or a pile of crap.
    Hey Michael Jewels- I finally found your drawing! It should be in the mail by Christmas :)

    We've been busy with it..we've already put in Pergo floors in three rooms, repainted most of the insides, I've been making baseboards and such...mostly moving very heavy objects from point A to point B. I still have to bring over my other big easel and our main bed. But we're all happy we've got our first house, and my daughter loves it.

    So if anyone ever wants to come over and jam, I now have a place to do it :)
  2. Vorago

    Vorago (((o)))

    Jul 17, 2003
    Antwerp, Belgium
    All I can say is that that looks like a very nice house, a bit remote, forrest next to your door, cool basement. Very cool, nice drawing, too! :)
  3. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    In Southeastern Connecticut, you have a tough time walking for fifteen minutes and NOT running into a set of woods or forests. It's one of the things I like most about CT, although the remoteness means you've gotta drive a bit to get to most places (as opposed to when I lived in suburban Cleveland and I could walk for ten minutes and get to WalMart, Home Depot, a grocery store, and about 10 restaurants).
  4. Vorago

    Vorago (((o)))

    Jul 17, 2003
    Antwerp, Belgium
    I'd give my little toe for some remoteness here, Belgium (and Flanders more particular) is a country with one of the highest people/square mile ratios in the world.
  5. Alla


    Sep 25, 2000
    Cool house man. Congrats
    I live too in a "green" land ...
    Let me show you some photos ...

    Hope you like it!!!
    I do!!
  6. Nice house Bryan :)
  7. Hollow Man

    Hollow Man Supporting Member

    Apr 28, 2003
    Springfield, VA
    Congrats buddy! Really happy for you!
  8. 43% burnt

    43% burnt an actor who wants to run the whole show

    May 4, 2004
    Bridgeport, CT
    Congratulations!! Nice house...I'll be going through mortgage hell soon too...hopefully.
  9. Don't_Fret

    Don't_Fret Justin Schornstein

    Dec 10, 2003
    Cool, man! Looks like I'm coming over. :hyper:
  10. Very cool! Congrats to you, the feeling is awesome. And I feel ya on the whole "lotsa work to do to it" thing, but that too is very rewarding. It's funny. I bought my house 3 1/2 years ago, my Daughter was 7, and ran around the house with a similar grin on her face. Our house was relative owned as well. My Daughter insisted on having the bedroom that used to be her Mommy's.

    So yes, congrats, it's very cool, and your studio room looks great. Nice pedalboard. ;)

    So what town are you in? I'd love to come jam.

  11. Bassmanbob

    Bassmanbob Supporting Member

    Congratulations Bryan! That's great news! Homeownership is such a wonderful scence of accomplishment! Smart move on staying with family to save for the house. It looks like a nice house.

    I also had problems with acquiring our house. We had to rent it for two weeks before we went to "signing" due to legal mumbo jumbo. I told my wife that the next time I move will be in a pine box!

    How humid is your basement? I grew up in Long Island, and would never put my basses in the basement due to the humidity. If you need to, get a dehumidifier to protect those basses. Talk to the Elrick people about how much humidity they can withstand, find out how much moisture is in that basement, and do what you need to do. You may not have to do anything.

    Frankly, I'd kill for the extra room that a basement provides. The water table is too high here for a basement. If you try to put in a basement in Florida, you'll end up with a built in pool into what your house will sink.
  12. fourstringdrums

    fourstringdrums Decidedly Indecisive Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2002
    Congrats :) My wife and I just bought a house back in April, and you're right houses are expensive and the whole process is a pain, although it was less painful than I thought it would be. Luckily we bought directly from the seller and that made things easier.

    Enjoy :)
  13. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Hey, if you're up for the three hour drive, I'll buy the pizza ;)

    Ron, we're down in Norwich, which is right where the two casinos are at in the southeast corner of the state. About 10 mins. from the sub base as well.

    Bassmanbob- the humidity is actually fine in the basement. If you look at the pic of the house, you can kind of tell that the basement is half exposed and half underground (we live on a fairly steep hill), so it's not your standard basement. It actually stays cooler than the rest of the house in the summer. I should know- it used to be my bedroom :meh: :D I also put them on the alcove wall where they're a distance from the windows.

    Alla, I'll trade views with you anyday. Is your area considered suburban or rural? From what I've read on Italy, it seems that most areas are either densely populated or fairly rural/suburban.
  14. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    Way to go Bryan! I miss the Northeast.

    We bought our first house in May of '99. I spent the first month remodeling it too. My wife asked me why I bought the house since the first day we took ownership, I spent a week ripping it apart to make it what I wanted it to look like. I explained to her that when we were checking out the house, I was seeing what I could do and change to make it better. Six years later, and I am still remodeling. :D

  15. Brad Barker

    Brad Barker

    Apr 13, 2001
    berkeley, ca
    very cool nor'eastern house. :cool:
  16. jive1

    jive1 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 16, 2003
    Owner/Retailer: Jive Sound
    Cool house. I know what you mean about the real estate market, around here it's real expensive and the nice ones get snatched up quick.

    I bought my first in 99, and I'll have to say that it was an absolute pain to get the deal together. A couple of refis and a commercial property later, I will say that it gets easier each time. Once you establish credit and have some equity, getting subsequent loans becomes much easier.

    Enjoy the house, and don't let the mortgage get to you.
  17. Very VERY cool! Congrats! :D
  18. WillPlay4Food

    WillPlay4Food Now With More Metal! Staff Member Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2002
    Orbiting HQ
    Glad to hear (err, read) your buy went through. I remember talking about this with you when we were on the way to the NYC GTG back in September. Enjoy! Talk about a great early xmas present. :)
  19. Edwcdc

    Edwcdc I call shotgun!

    Jul 21, 2003
    Columbia MD USA
    Way to go man!
    Buying a house is a crazy experience. My wife pretty much did all of the work when we got ours a few years ago. I'm too stupid to understand the process, and don't have the attention span. If it were left up to me, we would be living in a tent with our money burried in coffee cans. BTW I'm still working on my house. Last year I remodeled the kitchen. This year I did the upstairs and downstairs bathrooms. I put a screened in porch out backand and built a shed. In the spring a new roof, windows, and driveway.
    It never ends. :D
    Enjoy the new/old house.
  20. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    Congratulations on your new home! It is an awesome venture and in your own home:

    I can also relate on the renovation part. We had 800 SqFt. built onto our home for a total addition/renovation of about 1100.

    Much finishing and writing many checks, contractors, fixtures, decisions on the fly, & troubleshooting.