For this construction update, I’d be lying if I said it’s been all sunshine and rainbows over here (although I really really wish I could!) A little over a month ago we moved in with my parents. It wasn’t a formal thing, so much as we just came for a few days while the contractors took down a wall, and then…never…left… (sorry mom and dad!)
But that hasn’t been the hard part, if anything living in a clean, quiet, normal house has left us feeling a little spoiled. The tough stuff was the slow (or no) progress on the house. For reasons they could not avoid the contractors stopped work on our house for two weeks. Two weeks! And we weren’t exactly sure when they were coming back. It was fifteen days of utter frustration, nervousness and lots of heavy sighing.
Renovations are hard. Whether you hire contractors or do it yourself. Whether you live through them, or you move out. It doesn’t matter, they are stressful and overwhelming and frustrating. If they weren’t, everyone would do them and live in their dream houses all of the time. But these days I’m feeling less dream house and more nightmare money-suck.
We ended up having to replace ALL of the plumbing in the house, just like last time. The electrician found some old knob and tube wiring that had to be dealt with. The new hardwood floor has a slope to it so it can tie in with the old. We ended up having really no choice but to side the whole house (not just the addition) which cost a small fortune and added an extra two weeks. This is in addition to the two week ‘break’ I mentioned earlier. All of the original gas lines needed to be replaced. The plumber installed our shower on the wrong wall (pictured below). And to top it all off I overheard one of the workers call our new kitchen “tight” and “tiny.” Shit. Really?
It’s just complicated right now, we’re in the thick of it. I was told that drywall would be going up next week and I think that’s really going to help my frame of mind. Not looking at insulation, wiring, old lath, and exposed plumbing will be a relief. I’m looking forward to tile going up, paint decisions being made and the rooms finally losing their bomb shelter vibe.
Two more dirty projects remain. Drywall and refinishing the floors. To save money, Ian and I volunteered early on to refinish the floors ourselves. We’ve done it before and although it’s time consuming, it’s really pretty easy. I’m not excited about spending three days sanding, staining and poly-ing (not a word?) but hopefully the savings is worth the weekend. I also keep telling myself that getting my hands dirty in a renovation again will be kind of fun. Like a walk down memory lane with my husband. (But I might just be looking forward to the beer breaks and playing music as loud as I want!)
For now the family is headed to Colorado for a wedding (our tiny man is the ring bearer!) so a few days away will be an appreciated break. Hopefully my next construction update will be full of pretty pictures…or at least pictures where things look clean!