A make-over on Me­mo­rial Drive

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Tri­umph chop­per with a com­pe­ti­tion dirt bike mo­tor, a par­cel rack, a tank from Eng­land and club han­dle­bars.

“I have a drain hole in my bed­room for my bikes,” she says with a laugh.

The “ware­house ef­fect” of the build­ing when she first bought it is still ev­i­dent with ex­posed brick walls through­out, although gal­lons of polyurethane have been painted over them.

The floors in the build­ing were orig­i­nally brick but over time had been cov­ered in un­even and ugly tiles that had to be ripped up. Qu­at­trochi says it took more than one con­crete truck to com­pletely cover her new floor and make it even.

Shelves made from Ge­or­gia pine are in­stalled high on the wall, next to the ceil­ing, and hold al­bums, books and mo­tor­cy­cle hel­mets. The high shelves make more room in the tight space. Qu­at­troc­chi also passed on a drop ceil­ing and in­stead left tresses ex­posed, also to keep as much height to the rooms as pos­si­ble.

Her kitchen set was pur­chased at Ikea while most of the rest of her fur­ni­ture she in­her­ited from her grand­mother, in­clud­ing a green fu­ton in the liv­ing room that needs to be restuffed.

While the big projects are done, such as the new floor, a work­ing bath­room, a kitchen and a clean space to live in, there are still items that bother Qu­at­troc­chi — the wrong knob on the cab­i­net, the cab­i­net space not big enough for some items, some young­sters who tagged the other side of her home that she still has to paint over, a de­sire for a back splash.

Over­all, though, she’s pleased with her first small project and said she would con­sider work­ing on an­other ren­o­va­tion. Right now, she’s just en­joy­ing be­ing in a home she’s com­fort­able in and reap­ing the re­wards of her hard work — as well as the hard work of many friends who are car­pen­ters, elec­tri­cians, roofers, painters, artists and even chefs she con­sulted on how to de­sign a small but ef­fi­cient kitchen.

And the fu­ture? She plans on keep­ing the place for 10 years but is not sure what ex­actly she wants to do with The Liv­ery.

“All I know is I want to grow up and have a girl and a dog,” she says.

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