Pink House Chronicles – Part 3


The Pink House barely resembles the house I shared with you in Pink House Chronicles Part 2, and it’s a night-and-day difference from the place you saw in Pink House Chronicles Part 1.

Interior walls have been peeled back to make way for new wires and windows and doors and built-in shelves and closets. Somes spaces that used to have doors are now walls. The former front door is now blocked off. What used to be the side door is now a window. A new patio door exists where a tall, fixed window once stood. A built-in corner unit is developing where an entry closet used to be.


French doors grace the guestroom where a drafty, single-pane window once lived.

And in my some-day office, a huge window leftover from my previous life in  Igo literally takes up one whole wall. (I’m too ADD to have access to an exterior door where I work. It’s too tempting to suddenly jump up and run outside and pull a weed or check to see if the lemons are ready to pick.)


As exciting as the remodel is, I’m still adjusting to being a newly single person overseeing this home remodel  project. I catch myself making plural references to singular situations.

We’re going to build a bread oven some day.

We’re haven’t decided exactly what to do with the side yard.

We just want one sink in the master (mistress?) bathroom.

I try to put a positive spin on being the sole home-owner and decider. I remind myself of how liberating it can be make choices sans a second opinion. I can choose what I want. All. By. Myself. No compromise. (Key word: promise.)

The good news is that I’m not really in this alone. The remodeling project is in good hands with The Best Choice Home Improvements construction guys, Ron Goniwicha and Dave Christensen.


They work at the Pink House nearly every day, morning until night, as they oversee every phase of the project. Also, sister Shelly of Shelly Shively Designs is with me every step of the way for every decision. Trilogy Architecture has drawn up the plans for the front of the house, E&S Electrical has almost completed the rewiring (which means that one day I can use the central heat and air conditioning system without burning the house down – what a relief). Royal Plumbing has finished crawling under the house and making connections and getting gas hooked up in the right places, and subcontractors are lined up to do everything from roof gutters to landscaping. Speaking of which, help is on the way for the exterior of the house.


Most recently, landscape designer Karen McGrath has put on her thinking cap, and is already making preliminary drawings. Nothing’s set yet, except I know there will be courtyards … and no lawn. None.I confess, sometimes when I walk through the house and see all the changes, and changes to be; the exposed studs and wires and the dust and equipment, I wonder if I’ve taken this house project too far. I wonder if I should have just put lipstick on it, exchanged the single windows for double-paned ones and called it good.


But NOOOOOOO! I had visions of holes cut in walls, and a more expansive kitchen. What? A replacement for my lost Igo dream kitchen?


And I wanted more light. And I could totally picture a front door at the front of the house, rather than hidden away along the side yard.

So the remodeling project grew. And grew to the point where not one room – except the garage – remains the same.

Miraculously, Ron and Dave still speak to me, even though I do change my mind – eh hem – occassionally. And change it back again. And change it again.

Doni: I LOVE the sub floors in the kitchen! Can we (they) actually just sand it and finish it?

Ron & Dave: Well, sure. It’s a little more work, but if that’s what you want …

Doni: (one week later) Hey, I’ve been thinking about it, and I think I’ll just go with cork or bamboo flooring, over the kitchen’s sub floor.

Ron & Dave: OK, sure. Just let us know. Doesn’t matter to us.

Doni: (one hour later) Second thought, I really would like to have the sub floor exposed in the kitchen.

Ron & Dave:

While I await their reply, I’ll count my blessings. On this Thanksgiving day, I give thanks for dear friends, and family, and a grandbaby due any minute, and an anewscafe.com team of talented, and kind ethical people who work tirelessly to make this web site more compelling and interesting every day.

I give thanks anewscafe.com’s family of advertisers, and to the most bright and civilized and open-minded readers in the North State.

And today, I’m thankful for my pink house, with the kitchen with the sanded sub-floors. Or maybe cork or bamboo.

And I’m thankful for you. And I wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with good times and good food and good people.

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Doni Chamberlain

Independent online journalist Doni Chamberlain founded what’s now known as anewscafe.com in 2007 with her son, Joe Domke. Chamberlain is an award-winning newspaper opinion columnist, feature and food writer recognized by the Associated Press, the California Newspaper Publishers Association and E.W. Scripps. She lives in Redding, California.

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