A make-over on Memorial Drive
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.