Ages ago, someone recommended that we watch Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House. So we did! If you are undergoing a large scale home improvement project, you might want to rent it.
Although the prices of home improvment and house building have changed since 1948 (oh man, have they!), the situation is a timeless one.
Add some Connecticut contractors. Some project scope changes. Cost overruns. Unexpected discoveries. And possibly one of the funniest lines in home building history as long as it isn't being spoken to me.
"We gotta blast."
Besides...there is Cary Grant! Myrna Loy! Whoohoo!
Even more amazing that it is based upon a true story. The real Mr. Blandings--Mr. Hodgins of Milford--started out to build an $11,000 house which, over time, ended up costing him $56,000. (In today's money, that would be $144,330 and $734,765. GAH!)
The real life story has a less happy ending than the movie. Mr. Eric Hodgins went bankrupt and was forced to sell the house. Two years later, he sold his story to a movie studio and earned $200,000 ($2.267 MILLION). But the new owners of his dream house wouldn't sell it back. (Double GAH!)
Moral of the story? Sell your story before you sell your house!
So, blog on, HouseBloggers, blog on!