“It”. Such a non-specific, tiny word to mean such a tremendously significant thing. The thing? The it? Well, of course I’m referring to the Little Red House Reno!! We’ve been plugging away on this track for so long, I’m starting to wonder if this is just our life now. We will live with my mom and have this perpetual renovation project that never seems to come together and the more progress we make, the more projects pop up, pushing us further and further away from our target. It reminds me of getting swept away by an ocean current and the more you try to correct your path back to where you started, the more you are carried in the opposite direction.
And, like I said, some progress has been made, but not enough for me to feel like it’s all going to work out somehow. I thought, from our recent estimated project timeline, we would be moving in now…this week! But, it’s apparently the contractor code. Whatever time frame they specify, you should double it, maybe even triple it! I can’t understand why they don’t take a page from the restaurant industry. If you come in and there is a 30 minute wait for a table, they’ll tell you 45, so when your name is called around 30 minutes later, you’re pleasantly surprised…pleased, even with how they managed to get you a table in 30 instead of 45 minutes. It feels like you are being treated especially well…like a VIP guest. Contractors on the other hand, want to please you up front, just to get you in the door, because once you’re there, you can’t leave…or at least its’ very difficult to. You can’t just say, “This is taking too long, let’s just go someplace else.” It’s frustrating.
And, we are not unhappy with the new contractor (PJC Remodeling). We actually really like him. He shows up, everyday and works…a full day. Amazing! In that aspect, our expectations were super low. I mean, just show up and you’re winning already! You know!? He even did some tile work that Josh and I were not totally satisfied with and he took it all down, bought new tile and fixed it the next day! That impressed me.
So, where are we now? All walls are up and plastered (except the kitchen), the upstairs bedroom is completely done, except for some baseboard trim, new windows are in, new entry doors for the mudroom and the master bedroom, most electrical and plumbing is in, the floors have been refinished (except the living room which is serving as a storage room right now, and the 1st floor bathroom has been tiled.
Check out the pics: (Please excuse the horrible quality…I gotta work on that) 😉
This is a couple shots of our master bedroom with a door leading to the backyard and future deck. (another project) 😉 …and our his and hers closets. I’m thinking the space above the closets could be book cases with a sliding ladder?? I’m open to suggestions up there! 😉
These are the beautiful floors upstairs!! 🙂
Master bathroom with a HUGE walk in rain shower!! 🙂
So, it’s getting there. We’ll get there. And when it’s done, it will be beautiful. I told my step-mom the other day, “When we die in this house, I want whoever comes in to buy it say, ‘Eeewww, this kitchen has been redone since 2016 probably! We have to replace everything!'” Or, at least, that’s what I say right now. 😉
Til’ next time, be blessed!!
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