The Cross House

It’s Alive! It’s Alive!

Click on video:


To me, when a room in an old house is rewired, and all the wiring is done, there is a special moment JUST before the electricity is turned on, a moment filled with anticipation…and anxiety.

Will everything work?

Then — drum roll, please — the switch is flipped, and the overhead light…springs to glowing life!!!!!!!!

This is always an incredible rush. One feels God-like. I HAVE CREATED LIGHT! And the room suddenly feels…alive. It’s alive! It has electricity coursing through its walls and ceilings!

Today, after three long and hard days, Justin and I finished fully rewiring the round bedroom.


Look past the damaged plaster. Look TO the lighted chandelier!


Today, the round bedroom has all new outlets, new wiring to the chandelier, new wiring to the locations of the original gas/electric sconces, and even — squee! — new futuristic cable for the computer and phone and TV.

So, I am pleased to announce that, as of today, the round bedroom, its visual condition notwithstanding, is…alive.



16 Responses to It’s Alive! It’s Alive!

  1. Job well done. Now begins the fun part, well after the plaster is repaired and the walls prepped, painted or papered, then fun decorating.

  2. I can see why you are choosing this lovely room for your office. It makes me happy just looking at it, even in its current state.

  3. Awesome!!! One step closer to moving in!!!

    How is the kitty fence fund going? I sent a check and forgot to put “fence fund” on it’s memo…

  4. There a few joys greater than plugging in a power tool into a proper outlet instead of a damn extension cord.. It makes the subsequent work feel so much better!

  5. Looking good, Dr. Crossenstein! My biggest delimna with this room would be where to put my desk…visitors walking in would be impressed if my desk and I were situated beneath the small window facing the room, but then I wouldn’t be able to admire the windows from my desk…

    • Good point about positioning the desk. I think I’d put it directly in front of the door, facing due north, so that I could face both the fireplace in the NE corner and the turret/windows in the NW corner. But it sure would be tempting to ensconse oneself in the turret!

Leave a Response

Your email address will NEVER be made public or shared, and you may use a screen name if you wish.