When S and I are involved with a big project together, my reaction to the finished results is more "wow, I can't believe we did all that to accomplish this" as I pat myself and S on the back and we drop on the couch from exhaustion. But when I came home last week to find this:
See, the old opening to our attic was small, like this:
Ikea hack hall light centered above the stairs, and everything looked just like that, S's hairy legs and all, when I left for a few days.
The joists in the attic run from the front to the back of the house - from S's left to right in that photo above. So he temporarily supported the whole ceiling from the hallway below with a few 4x4 posts, cut out a few joists, cut the ceiling without totally destroying the plaster that needed to remain, installed that huge set of stairs, built-up the joists upstairs so that the plywood floor we'll add doesn't compress our insulation and rewired the hall light to a new location. All in just a few nights working after working a 12 hour day at his real job. And he's a pilot, not a contractor. S flies planes, and breaks them! He doesn't fix things or build things for a living. He just has really good googling and youtube watching and instruction reading and logical figure-it-out skills. I'm in complete awe.
Look at these things, it's a storage-seeker's dream come true! Plus the stairs have some kind of hydraulic assist so they require barely any effort to pull down or put back up.
What's your most awe inspiring project to date?