As I get older I realize more and more every day that time passes way too quickly. When I think it's been more than two weeks since I've posted on the blog, it blows my mind! But my life has shifted into turbo-speed in the last month, what, with a brand-new grandbaby girl and the renovation coming up on the last leg (yikes!). Every single day has been completely filled with work and family, and I've found myself falling into bed at night wondering what in the world I have accomplished. But the jobsite is starting to look (finally!) like a family home and we are anxious to get it on the market. In recent weeks it has mutated into a stunning beauty and I am so excited for the family out there whose name is etched in the future for this house. Could it be you?
My main obligations with this renovation have been the role of designer (which I love), shopper (which I love most of the time), and budget keeper (which sometimes I don't mind and other times I utterly despise). I've also taken my turn with painting, yard work, changing out hardware, helping with wood trim, and cleaning...and the bulk of the cleaning is yet to come. I simply cannot believe how many times you have to sweep a jobsite's floor in a week. My trusty purple notebook has grown and now bulges with the many receipts and design pics and re-written budgets and every single tittle that has gone into this reno. I've said it before...if I lost my binder, I'd be in a huge mess! As we inch closer every day to the final stage where all the last little details are being pushed into place, I have pondered three questions: 1) Is my vision for bringing this house back to life been one that we've been able to accomplish, 2) Have we stayed on budget and will there be any money -- any whatsoever, even a dollar -- left in this account when we're done, and 3) Will I ever be able to tear myself away and pass the baton to the new owners? The answer to those questions respectively are "I think so," "pretty much overall," and "Yes, yes, yes!" As much as I've enjoyed this project, it's very similar to birthing a baby...you carry it, you feed it, you suffer through the hard kicks and heartburn and endless hoping for the baby you're carrying until finally you say..."I MUST BIRTH THIS BABY!" That time has come for me with this project.
So for those of you who are busting at the seams (haha) to see those latest reno pics, here you go...
The solid hardwood floors are by far one of my favorite features of the house. Right now they're covered with a layer of sawdust and sheetrock dust. It took us a total of five weekends to get them installed because we did this work ourselves but they are in, baby!
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