Paul figures we spent 5% of our income this past year on paying rent for our storage unit, and he rightly observed that it's like buying all those things we're storing all over again. Arg.
So until we can purge our unit of stuff we don't need, and until we can build a storage shed on the property, we're exploring how we might use what we already have at our disposal.
I've long had my eye on the space under the stage: it seems like a perfect place to store camera tripods, light stands, and other such equipment. But we wouldn't know for sure until Paul could open it up and look at it himself.
The cats enjoyed their look under the stage, too. Elliot dubbed this chubby guy "Dust Bunny Dilly." The top of his feet are dirty? Hmm...
The portion of the stage that Paul tore up was an addition to the original stage and was built on top of the original flooring, so he took advantage of the exposed floorboards to replace a plywood patch in the floor.
The crisp boundary and color difference between the old and the replacement don't really hide the fact that it's a patch, but we figure that it will look better once it's refinished. Besides, it's part of the building's history, and it's a lot nicer than it used to be: